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Mantises of Portugal

The mantis, an insect having over 2,400 different species, is often seen although only two species are commonly found in Portugal. They are often...

Busy springtime

Springtime is in full swing and many bird species are already in action, with some already raising young. First, I want to introduce “Bluey and...

Close encounters of the otter kind

The Eurasian otter is often overlooked as a species in the Algarve due to their shy nature and of course their mainly nocturnal habits....

What is lurking, waiting, watching?

The bees are active in the spring warmth, but what is lurking, waiting, watching? Every day the weather seems to be improving and the...

The stonechat: one of our most widespread residents

It’s great to be writing for the Resident again in 2019 and this year I hope to bring you not only exciting news of...

Woodpeckers of the Algarve

There are four species of bird in Portugal belonging to the woodpecker family and all but one has the best, in my opinion, Portuguese...

Rain and wind bring autumn wildlife surprises

This month I was torn between writing about two topics. I couldn’t make my mind up so decided to include both. Later in the...

Greater flamingos

It often comes as a surprise that Portugal has large populations of greater flamingos with multiple locations to view them right here in the...

Louisiana Crayfish

Camera shy A discarded claw from either a fight or an otter Putting up a fight Louisiana Crayfish As the name suggests, the Louisiana Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) is...

Tarantula wolf spider

  If I told you to describe a tarantula, you would probably respond with words along the lines of “big”, “hairy”, “dangerous” and...