A ROCHA and Friends of A ROCHA participated in the project "my beach" organized by the science center of Tavira. This project consists of monitoring 100 meters of beach, collecting marine trash and categorizing the items. The data will then be given to authorities that will incorporate the data into national and international analyses and studies on the presence of marine waste on the Portuguese and European coasts. It is intended to understand not only the rsource of this rubbish but also its seasonality.
The Alvor Estuary is one of the most important coastal wetlands in Southern Portugal. This rich ecosystem includes sand dunes, mudflats, salt marshes and Salinas, supporting a diverse, specialised flora and fauna. Over the last twelve years, A Rocha Portugal has been leading a prolonged legal campaign to protect the site from inappropriate and illegal developments proposed by a private company (now called Water View, S.A.) that owns the nearby Quinta da Rocha estate. In 2015, the Criminal Court of Portimão convicted Water View
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
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
Invasive species are one of the largest causes of biodiversity loss and extinction. In our country the risks and problems with invasive species are not very well studied yet. We published a list of species - of course still incomplete - that includes all the invasive species in Portugal that were mentioned in scientific literature. At the moment the list presents 431 taxa. If you would like to help with the compilation of this list, you can send your comments and additions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
Scientific research has always been an essential part of A ROCHA conservation programs, because its findings confirm our conservation objectives. For this reason we are happy to have published a paper about Ria de Alvor on Ocean and Coastal Management journal. You can read more at https://www.arocha.pt/news/2016/09/new-scientific-paper-on-the-alvor-estuary/. This year, as in previous, we continued the monitoring of birds and moths in the Ria de Alvor. Some of the rarities ringed at Cruzinha included Yellow-browed warbler Phylloscopus inornatus and the first capture a Western olivaceous warbler
A ROCHA is pleased to join the Telheiro Beach Defence Group, from January 16th, to work on the recovery of this is very unstable cliff, as a result of wrong human action. The work consists above all on natural engineering work using native plants and seeds to correct inclination and prevent run off erosion. All this will help nature to speed up the recovery process. If you want to join simply fill in the form at this link.
Scientific research has always been an essential part of A Rocha’s community conservation programmes. For this reason we are happy to announce the publication of a case study on the Ria de Alvor in the journal ‘Ocean and Coastal Management’. Because Ria de Alvor is a small estuary, it is sensitive to small environmental disturbances that can result in dramatic consequences both for its habitats and those who depend on it, from birds and plants to fishermen and shellfish gatherers. But if its size
We are promoting Cruzinha as a field station for students, interns and volunteers to do research and field work in Ria de Alvor and other nature areas in the Algarve. We are also inviting students to work on our database and to help us with our ongoing monitoring schemes. Click here for all opportunities and information.