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World Small Animal Veterinary Association – September 27-29, 2023

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The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) held its 48th Congress from September 27-29, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal. The WSAVA presented awards and seated new officials.

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Rock’n’rollers

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With only a few exceptions, the core of the distribution of most steppe birds lies in Spain so the southeastern part of Portugal is the better area to visit. So why go to Portugal if Spain has the same birds? Better is to turn into the many roads to the left or right. Leave early from Castro Verde towards Mértola.

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Noudar Nature Park, Portugal

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I had the good fortune to be asked to represent one of the UK’s national birding magazines ‘Birdwatching’ on a press trip to Southern Portugal earlier this month. Southern Portugal generally is the best place in Europe to see Azure-winged Magpies and they too can be found amongst the montado at Noudar.

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Lisbon’s Lezirias in Winter

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Most people go to Portugal in July or August to enjoy the three things Portugal is famous for: sun, sand and seafood. Generally speaking, the best months in Portugal are April and September/October but the Lezírias are good year-round. There are three things that are great about Portugal: wine, coffee and the food.

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Birding Lodges – Part 1 – Paradise in Portugal

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This week’s post will focus on a stunning birder-friendly lodge in South Portugal that was the setting for our quest for Great Bustards. This homely place is the aptly named Paradise in Portugal , owned by birder and purveyor of fine wines, Frank McClintock. Paradise in Portugal is a perfect example of this.

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Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015)

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For much of its history, Portugal has sat secluded at what was long considered the very end of the known world — at least from a Western point of view. But like Spain, its only neighbor on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is cut off from the rest of Europe by the steep, natural border formed by the Pyrenees.

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Quinta do Vale da Perdiz Cistus Reserva Douro (2016)

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Vale da Perdiz means “valley of the partridge” in Portuguese, and the label features a Red-legged Partridge ( Alectoris rufa ), which I believe is the only partridge found in most of Portugal. And while it’s a bird fond of cultivated land, the winery Quinta do Vale da Perdiz offers no story behind its appearance on this label.

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