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
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
In the year of the 25th anniversary of the environmental education program we reached 2,186 students, teachers and the general public, we conducted a training program for kindergarten teachers of the municipalities of Lagos, Vila do Bispo and Aljezur, Lagoa, we carried out activities for the Scientific Summer Program, we collaborated with the Algarve Water Authority on coastal water quality monitoring, visited schools and kindergartens of Portimão and Lagos, offered three new activities on Thursdays, we have had projects with nine partners and received
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.
Once, when meeting with a potential large donor, we were told this: your product, what you do and how you do it, it’s great, but your window shop is very poor. We realized then that it’s difficult to get others to joins us in our good work if we don’t communicate it well. For this reason we are starting the process which will lead to contract someone for our permanent staff team. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be interested,
A ROCHA Portugal is looking for a suitable volunteer for a cooking post. If you are interested do read further.
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