Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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elephantCarved elephant tusks displayed and offered for sale by auction at the recent Algarve International Fair were a timely reminder of Portugal’s long association with the ivory trade and of stepped-up global efforts to protect elephants by stopping commerce in ivory and destroying ivory stockpiles.

“Is it ever okay to sell elephant ivory?” a visitor to the fair asked herself on seeing three elaborately carved pieces said to have originated in South Africa “circa 1960,” with estimated auction values of between €240 and €600. 

Processionary CaterpillarsThey have been seen very early this year so I feel I have to put out the warning again - fast! I have searched the books and net to come up with more comprehensive information on them. I must thank the various holiday companies for helping with some of the technical information.

On a personal basis I know of dogs who have lost their tongues to this beast, and it is not a pretty sight and so distressing. There seems to be little local information about them, there are companies here on the Algarve who will spray the pine trees.

A voice for the dolphins being slaughteredI live in Portugal, in The Algarve, and one of the reasons why I love this country is because of its beautiful nature and marine wildlife. The fact that one can take a boat trip and within minutes you can see dolphins swim and dive around the boat is absolutely fascinating and breath-taking.

The Algarve treasures its marine wildlife and therefore I would like to raise awareness for the cruelty that is happening right now, as I’m writing this email, in Japan, Taiji. It has to stop!

Processionary caterpillarsThese have been seen very early this year so be careful!


I have searched the books and net to come up with more comprehensive information on them. I must thank the various holiday companies for helping with some of the technical information. On a personal basis I know of dogs who have lost their tongues to this beast and it is not a pretty sight and so distressing. There seems to be little local information about them, there are companies here on The Algarve who will spray the pine trees.

Releasing the KestrelOn 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.

Aljezur's Amazing AlpacasThe 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.

Dolphins in the AlgarveOne 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.

Finding birds in south Portugal by Dave Gosney on DVDDid 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.