Last week we had our latest long term volunteer, Daša, sharing with us her life story. It's too good to keep just for ourselves so we decided to share her with you. Enjoy her! Hi! My name is Daša and I come from Slovenia. I've always loved animals, which is one of the reasons I chose to do my bachelor's in biology and later continue my master's in Ecology and Biology with Natural Science. At the moment, I'm finishing my master thesis on the European
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The public consultation on the proposal for the future Natural Reserve of Lagoa dos Salgados, available through the portal https://participa.pt/pt/consulta/proposta-de-classificacao-da-reserva-natural-da-lagoa-dos-salgados has already started. It will run until the 20th of January 2022. Due to the importance of this lagoon in the panorama of nature conservation in the Algarve, we call for a massive participation in the public consultation from the civil society. A ROCHA and many other nature conservation organizations are working to ensure that more detailed information and minutes will be available
Bernice Goffin was a Master's student who came from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. For six weeks she was at our Center and collected data from our wild bird ringing database, namely the Pied flycatcher. In addition to this data, she also collected our daily weather data available since the beginning of the 21st century. Unfortunately, her work indicated something we already suspected. Here's what she wrote: Many bird species that migrate long distances are in decline partly because of environmental changes, such as
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In a joint initiative, eight Portuguese environmental organizations brought the Portuguese government to court in order to prevent the progress of the Montijo airport construction project. SPEA, ANP/WWF Portugal, A ROCHA, FAPAS, GEOTA, LPN, ZERO and Almargem, with the support of the international environmental law NGO ClientEarth, filed an administrative action before the Administrative Court of Lisbon for the annulment of the Favourable Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA). The organizations argue that the Portuguese authorities did not properly consider the
Over the years A ROCHA has received volunteers from the Erasmus+ Program, in particular the European Voluntary Service. This year we have two more volunteers to work on the microplastics project. A ROCHA Portugal has found the two most European volunteers who came to collect data on microplastics here in the Algarve, specifically in the Ria de Alvor. Two guys with a huge heart and a contagious good mood. This was the possible interview to present our "unlikely heroes"... Left: Arjan van Vuuren (also
Telheiro Beach Restoration Remember the invitation to join us and work for the restoration of the cliffs of Praia do Telheiro (see news). As it was, the work of our team and others, summing up more than 30 people of various nationalities who worked for several days, competently directed by the Group Proteger o Telheiro and by Engr. Alberto Pietrogrande, is already producing results. In the top image you can see the state in which the cliff was
As most know A ROCHA has as characteristics of its identity the Christian motivation and a position of cooperation with other individuals or entities that share with us the nature conservation concerns. For several years A ROCHA, through its international team, has been in forums reminding Christians of the responsibility for caring for the environment as part of our citizenship and Christian Discipleship. This time in cooperation with the European Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne movement A ROCHA co-organizes the European Conference
We’ve just finished another season of Storm-petrel ringing, again in partnership with the University of Cardiff, United Kingdom. A project that has nearly 30 years of duration (27 to be exact), the data we collect is still a source of surprises. This year was another year of low catches. However the numbers of the last three nights, with the most surprising highest peak of this year, helped to improve the average night catch. The numbers of foreign ringed birds are
Holidays!!! Finally here's the heat and the promise of holidays. But you have not booked yet where to go? AI!!! It’s already a bit late, but nothing that's not normal for our family. Luckily we have good news for you: A ROCHA Portugal, with its renovated double and twin rooms with private bathroom, still has some openings. In the countryside, in a protected and quiet area, but simultaneously near the beaches of Alvor or Meia-praia. With a