There´s a whole lot more besides!

There are many other aspects to the Natural World that we're lucky enough to enjoy in Portugal.

As well as the 250+ species of birds we also have more than 35 species of terrestrial mammals, more than 30 species of Amphibians and Reptiles, nearly 100 species of Butterflies, over 20 Damselflies, nearly 40 Dragonflies and countless Moths and other insects, and you can get a full list of what's possible with our "Downloadable Checklist".

Anybody would be rash to say that they know all of the above - or even the majority! - but as we've lived and worked in the field here for many years we like to think that we know more than most - and we're always learning which is the most exciting part of our "job".

Over the years we've taken a fair few photos too, mostly of the Flora, Butterflies and Dragonflies, so here're a few collages of the most common species you're likely to see with us.

Firstly the Flora, which is at its most stunning in March, April, May and June.

  

There are a few Orchid species we have in the area and, seeing as they're a special "flower" they get their own collage.

 

 

While we're talking stationary objects, the Autumn and Winter months are wonderful for all kinds of Funghi.

 

 

Portugal is very rich in Butterflies too and these are present for a far greater period throughout the year. This is a small collection of the species we see most often.

 

 

Purists will have noticed that we've included a few Moths in the collage above, so we make no bones in including a few Damselflies in with the Dragonflies below.

 

 

Next a few terrestrial Mammals. These are for the most part nocturnal here, so we're lucky to have pictures of even these few; we quite often see Genets, Beech Martens and Wild Boar at night.

 

 

Portugal is justly known for its great weather, but during the cooler months it can be quite damp and Reptiles and Amphibians are surprisingly common.

 

 

The low use of pesticides promotes a healthy population of Insects, which is just as well as a healthy population of the below is the basis of a healthy Food-chain!