On Oct 29th, a group from the Rotary Club Estoi Palace International paid a visit to The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Investigation Centre for the Ria Formosa ( RIAS) near Olhão. Originally established in the 1990s as a bird rehabilitation centre, RIAS has been operating in its present form since October 2009. Its main objectives are the rehabilitation of injured and debilitated wildlife; investigating the risk factors for their conservation and educating the public regarding the importance of the biodiversity and the environment.
The Algarve’s west coast is not the Andes, nor does it soar 5,000 metres above sea level. But it is now home to a herd of animals which originated in those high plains of west-central South America; the alpaca. Matt and Sally Henman have created “Aljezur Alpacas” here on the Vale da Telha plateau.
And although their paddocks are capable of sustaining up to 100 alpacas, they intend to increase their current herd from eight to a maximum of 50 through a careful breeding programme in association with other pedigree farms including the nearest such breeder, based in Andalusia in Spain.
One of the most publicized activities in the Algarve to tourists and residents alike is the fact that we have abundant and healthy dolphin colonies in our ocean.
Thousands of photographs can be found on the Internet showcasing mankind’s love for this gentle sea creature with many of them being taken during vacations in the Algarve by thousands of visitors (tourists) and hundreds of local residents.
Did you know that Iberia has a number of birds that are difficult or impossible to see anywhere else in Europe and that almost all of these can be found in southern Portugal? Even if you're not a birdwatcher you might wonder where in Portugal you would need to go to see these special birds such as Black-shouldered Kite, Azure-winged Magpie, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Iberian Chiffchaff, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Balearic Shearwater, Audouin's Gull and Red-necked Nightjar. Well, thanks to a new book, you need wonder no more.
We arrive at “Paradise in Portugal” via the villages of “Indigestion” (Azia), “Purgatory” (Purgatório) and “It’s Fine” (Está Bem). The mood is set. This is going to be different - and the final corner, rounded after miles of wild country and four kilometres of dirt track, provides that “wow” moment. The point where you can’t quite believe what you are seeing...
...Welcome to Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, the absolutely-away-from-it-all country lodge run by Frank and Daniela McClintock beside the Barragem de Santa Clara, the largest dam in Portugal after Alqueva.
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