Noudar Nature Park, Portugal

10,000 Birds

I had the good fortune to be asked to represent one of the UK’s national birding magazines ‘Birdwatching’ on a press trip to Southern Portugal earlier this month. Co-funded by two of the regional tourist boards, Alentejo and Algarve, we were led by one of the very best birders in Portugal João Jara who as well as running his own guiding business Birds and Nature , has served as Chairman of the Portuguese Rarities Committee and a is a thoroughly nice chap to boot.

Ancient blue recreated by botanists in Portugal

Green Prophet

Botanists in Portugal have some fun by recreating ancient blue from foraged plants in a nearby village. The researchers from Portugal reported their findings which included analysing the structure of the dye using modern equipment. Science ancient customs herbs Portugal

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Portugal’s Algarve: serious eco fun around Faro

Green Traveler Guides

| Nature Beyond Golf | Portugal‘s Algarve coast, the country’s southernmost, is one of Europe’s most popular beach and golf destinations. And with an abundance of low-cost Faro flights available […] Portugal’s Algarve: serious eco fun around Faro is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Algarve Community Europe Faro Portugal eco-friendly Algarve green Algarve green Faro nature activities in Algarve

Birding Lodges – Part 1 – Paradise in Portugal

10,000 Birds

home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Birding Lodges – Part 1 – Paradise in Portugal Birding Lodges – Part 1 – Paradise in Portugal By James • March 15, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share I’m thinking it might be good to include some footage and images of the lodges we have visited on our travels. Paradise in Portugal is a perfect example of this.

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

Green (Living) Review

The land is called Tamera, the name given to these 330 acres in southern Portugal by a community of 30 people who moved here from Germany in 1995. Tamera’s ecology experts transformed an area at risk of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world The land undulates upwards into gentle hills, cradling nooks of fertile terraces growing sweetcorn, sunflowers and tomatoes, before rolling down into tranquil lakes. It looks like a natural Edenic paradise on earth.

Quinta do Vale da Perdiz Cistus Reserva Douro (2016)

10,000 Birds

Vale da Perdiz means “valley of the partridge” in Portuguese, and the label features a Red-legged Partridge ( Alectoris rufa ), which I believe is the only partridge found in most of Portugal. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze partridges Portugal Red-legged Partridge wine

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Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015)

10,000 Birds

For much of its history, Portugal has sat secluded at what was long considered the very end of the known world — at least from a Western point of view. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze Common Pheasant pheasants Portugal Ring-necked Pheasant wine

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Newest Alternative Energy – Portugal’s Wave Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world’s first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from 2006, a partner in the Scottish firm said on Friday. Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) will build the wave farm about three miles off Portugal’s northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim, OPD’s Norwegian backer Norsk Hydro said. This is quite an amazing breakthrough in power generation.

Newest Alternative Energy – Portugal’s Wave Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world’s first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from 2006, a partner in the Scottish firm said on Friday. Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) will build the wave farm about three miles off Portugal’s northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim, OPD’s Norwegian backer Norsk Hydro said. This is quite an amazing breakthrough in power generation.

Quintas das Arcas: Bicudo Vinho Verde (2017)

10,000 Birds

We also have a hoopoe gracing the label of this week’s wine, the 2017 Vinho Verde “Bicudo” from the Quintas das Arcas vineyards in northern Portugal. Vinho Verde is both a style of wine and a demarcated denominação de origem controlada (DOC) that dictates its production in what was historically the Minho province in the far northwest corner of Portugal (it now comprises the districts of Braga and Viana do Castelo).

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Letting Lisbon happen at the eco-friendly Inspira Santa Marta hotel

Green Traveler Guides

All Europe Hotels Lisbon Portugal green hotels Inspira Santa Marta Reuters Scott Adelson | A Green Oasis | Lisbon isn’t a city you can pin down. In terms of both time and space, the Portuguese capital is at once so many different things. A simple decision to turn left or right, or perhaps just a trick of the light, will have you feeling comfortably Mediterranean, or richly Iberian, or even [.]

Preserve the Priolo: Azores Bullfinch Fundraiser

10,000 Birds

Conservation bullfinches crowdfunding PortugalThe Azores Bullfinch ( Pyrrhula murina ), also known as the Priolo or São Miguel Bullfinch , is an understated beauty endemic to the island of São Miguel in the Azores. This bird is also highly endangered, with a known population of just over 1,000 birds.

Beijing In Flood While Spain and Portugal Battle Fire

Celsias

The heaviest rainfall to hit China's capital Beijing in 60 years has left 37 people dead and stranded thousands at the main airport. And so it seems, the weather continues to be the news as the world faces extreme weather event after extreme weather event. Beijing is dealing with the heaviest rainfall to hit China;s capital in 60 years.

Honoring the greenest EU music festivals

Green Traveler Guides

Europe Experiences/Events France Germany News Paris Portugal Sweden Boom Festival Go Group Green Operations Award Green Operations Europe Maifeld Derby Michael Straus Reuters Way Out West We Love GreenThe Green Operations Award—the “Green Oscar” of European music festivals—now honors events with the best eco-innovations. The top honor went to Paris' We Love Green Fest Honoring the greenest EU music festivals is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Confessions of a 50-year-old Drug Virgin.

Elephant Journal

Arts Conscious Consumerism Enlightened Society Health & Wellness ayahuasca dmt drug related death drug risks drug use drug virgin drugs legal high legalise drugs Portugal drug laws prohibitionA young guy recently tried to push me into taking ayahuasca. Like so many other attempts in the past, it turned from an invitation to an inquisition when I.

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4 great ways to have an eco-friendly family holiday in the UK and beyond

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Algarve Lakes District Portugal United Kingdom best eco-friendly family holidays in the UK eco-friendly family villa vacations UK green family holidays UK log cabin holidays| Green On Any Budget | We know it’s just as important to be green when going on holiday as it is at any other time of the year.

Lisbon is pretty crazy

10,000 Birds

I am on a quick trip to the Lisbon area in Portugal and – I must admit – I was taken completely by surprise about how this conglomeration of people, water and nature are put togerther. Portugal is evidently the world’s largest produced of cork and its production still takes place in a way that reflects a deep care for the natural environment. Destinations Europe Lisbon Portugal

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Morocco heats up with 16 new solar energy plants worth 25 gigawatts

Green Prophet

Solar energy companies like Martifer Solar ( www.martifersolar.com ) from Portugal already has business in the United Arab Emirates. Energy Martifer Solar Morocco Portugal pv Solar Energy You might meet snake charmers in the square of Marrakech and also storytellers who tell a good tale. But there is one thing always true about Morocco: the sun always shines. Foreign firms are eager to bank on Morocco’s attractive feed-in tariffs and catch some healthy profits from our sun.

What Card Games with my Grandfather Taught me about Bridging the Generational Gap.

Elephant Journal

Apprentice Thesis Elephant Academy Enlightened Society Family Inspiring (Wow) ageism assisted living centers empathy family food grandparents intergenerational relationships livable communities multi-generational housing nuclear families portugalThe thing is, whether or not we acknowledge it, all generations are bound together and our pulling apart of this social web is leading to increased feelings of isolation and loneliness across all age groups.

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Companhia das Lezírias ‘Tyto alba’ Vinhas Protegidas Tinto (2013)

10,000 Birds

The 2013 ‘Tyto alba’ from Companhia das Lezírias is a red wine from Portugal’s Tejo region, and – as you may have guessed from its name – there is in fact a Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ) on the label. Birding Food Reviews Barn Owl Birds and Booze Portugal wine

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Tourists Not Terrorists: The Middle East Can Capitalize on World Eco-Travel Trends

Green Prophet

Within Europe, not surprisingly, Greece and Portugal are the biggest losers, reflecting to a large extent the impact of the economic and debt crisis, which hit both destinations particularly hard. Travel & Nature Bahrain Denmark Egypt Germany Greece green tourism Lebanon Portugal Qatar Sweden TunisiaThe three winners from the Middle East/MENA region are Tunisia, Bahrain and Qatar in new survey on tourism trends.

Garrett McNamara Surfs 100 Foot Wave

Wend Magazine

Returning to Nazaré, Portugal, where he rode a record-breaking 78 foot crest in November 2011, Garrett McNamara has now ridden a wave estimated at 100 feet. While it’s difficult to determine the exact height of a wave, as his 78 footer was originally estimated to have a height of 90 feet, there is no doubt he has once again conquered a mammoth swell. The video is available in this Guardian article covering the ride. While Surfertoday.com has the best photo of it I’ve seen.

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Down in the Dumps: White Storks Find a New Food Source

10,000 Birds

Instead of wintering in Africa and breeding in Europe, growing numbers of the birds now appear to be staying put in Spain and Portugal. Are they stork raving mad, or just smart cookies? Either way, Europe’s White Storks seem to have found a year-round food source, and it’s changing their migration habits, according to new research. Move over gulls, you’ve now got competition at the landfills.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2012?

10,000 Birds

Blue skies with perhaps a touch of smog over the scintillating central coast of Portugal (Find out why Dale Forbes finds Lisbon birding pretty crazy …) a. The month may be winding down, but March Madness is reaching a fever pitch. Sure, college basketball is a big deal, but I’m thinking about the burgeoning spring. Think your coworkers would be up for an office pool to pick the next early migrant to arrive?

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Azure-winged Magpies

10,000 Birds

As well as the population found in East Asia, another smaller population also occurred in the Iberian Peninsula, in Spain and Portugal. I’m back! And what a bird I have for you today. The Azure-winged Magpie is a pretty member of the crow family found in Eastern Asia, from Siberia and Japan down to Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong that I caught up with the species, as it is easy to find in the splendid wetlands of Mai Po.

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Cork Accessories: Renewable, Waterproof, Biodegradable and Chic

Eco Chic

Two companies we like: Corkor’s cork bags are Made in Portugal. Eve’s Cork Bags are also ethically Made in Portugal. Eve Cork Bags Bora Tote. After spotting a gorgeous cork handbag at Brooklyn Flea (which was just a one-off by a handbag designer there), I have become a bit obsessed with the material. It’s not just for wedges/heels anymore, but a natural material with a soft touch and an understated pattern.

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World’s First Commercial Wave Farm to Generate Renewable Electricity From Ocean Waves

Eco Friendly Daily

Lisbon, Portugal – Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) is pleased to announce today the signing of an order with a Portuguese consortium, led by Enersis, to build the initial phase of the world’s first commercial wave-farm to generate renewable electricity from ocean waves. The initial phase will consist of three ‘Pelamis’ P-750 machines located 5km off Portugal’s northern coast, near to Póvoa de Varzim.

The World Cup: Youth Revived. ~ Patricia O ‘Laughlin

Elephant Journal

ESPN reports the game between the US and Portugal was the most watched soccer game by Americans in history. This cup in particular seems to have attracted the interest of Americans. As the Americans move forward into the round of 16, interest is predicted to keep rising. So what is the World Cup like for a nation whose adults aren’t particularly engaged with the sport, but as children or teens may have been very much so? Family, Youth, Enlightened Education football soccer world cup yout

The real reason behind austerity

Green (Living) Review

Portugal did not follow that idea put forward by the EU and others and, erm, no, the country did not fall off a cliff; the economy grew. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The real reason behind austerity is to erode hope, to increase inequality and to make people's lives so hard that they do not have a chance to demand better. Nay, not just that, but that they even do not dare to demand better for fear of falling every deeper into poverty.

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

10,000 Birds

Reachable by direct flights from Portugal, the island country of Sao Tome and Principe lying in the Gulf of Guinea, in the armpit of Africa, has about 140 bird species and 28 endemics – more endemics per square mile than anywhere else on Earth. Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. America) or westbound (from Europe). Yet, for most people, birders are all eccentric. What if you were truly eccentric?

BP and US Citizens Learn from

Green Earth Journey

13, 2002, the Prestige, a Greek-owned ship flying under a Bahamian flag, sprang a leak in its hull after being caught in a storm off the coast of the Galicia region, the governments of Spain, France and Portugal all refused to allow the ship to go to harbor." "In MuxÍa, they say black stains still occasionally emerge on the white sands of the local beach.

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International Ecocity Framework and Standards

The Green Changemakers

W ebsite Launched [link] To date in English, German, French, Korean and Portug uese , more translations coming. [link] The International Ecocity Framework and Standards (IEFS) initiative seeks to provide an innovative vision for an ecologically-restorative human civilization as well as a practical methodology for assessing and guiding progress towards the goal. Sustainable-development Urban Green Eco-design

EU Releases Renewable Energy Statistics

Eco Friendly Daily

For example, Portugal attains approximately 45 percent of their energy needs through renewable energy despite the EU average being 18.4 Portugal, it must be noted, had just 17 percent of their energy needs met in 2004. Portugal is just one of many examples in the EU of the growth of renewable energy in the last decade. The European Union is a world leader in renewable energy.

UNSEASONAL BLOOMING AT THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

Green (Living) Review

These plants are perennial shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, and also on the Canary Islands. Summer Loving Mediterranean Plant Flowers at Heligan. in NOVEMBER!! Gardeners at The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been amazed to find a Cistus – which normally flowers in the Summer – in full bloom, despite the recent cold snap of weather.

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Best places to visit in Lisbon

Green Prophet

As it is located on the coast of Lisbon (Portugal) is not only a city full of tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities, but also a real heaven for all the beach holiday lovers. The first thing to see in Lisbon for anyone who appreciates architecture and wants to see the colourful culture of Portugal is of course the old town of Lisbon, which is also known as the Alfama district.

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World’s First Commercial Wave Farm to Generate Renewable Electricity From Ocean Waves

Eco Friendly Daily

Lisbon, Portugal – Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) is pleased to announce today the signing of an order with a Portuguese consortium, led by Enersis, to build the initial phase of the world’s first commercial wave-farm to generate renewable electricity from ocean waves. The initial phase will consist of three ‘Pelamis’ P-750 machines located 5km off Portugal’s northern coast, near to Póvoa de Varzim.

These Nature-Approved Home Designs Will Amaze You

Green Prophet

Monsanto Houses, Portugal. Portugal’s Monsanto village is an architectural wonder; living proof humans can create and build without destroying precious natural features. What are some of the top priorities for your dream home? Maybe you’ve long yearned for a cheerful sun room, with beautiful made to measure blinds and big, bright windows. Maybe it’s heated floors in the bathroom. Or a secret hideaway at the bottom of the garden, perfect for escaping the summer heat.

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Largest Solar Park in the World Opens in Germany

Eco Friendly Daily

The Shell solar plant in Pocking will soon be overtaken by the GE-Powerlight plant in Portugal at 11 MW, brought to you yesterday in TreeHugger. The current leader in announced capacity appears to be a 116 MW solar station in Portugal to be built by a consortium of German companies. The ribbon was cut on the World’s largest continguous solar plant on 27th April 2006 in Germany. Construction on the 40 million euro (US$48 million) photovoltaic installation started August 2005.

Serbia – birding overview of a year in the Central Balkans

10,000 Birds

As Serbia is not a large country (about the size of Portugal or Austria; or the US states of Indiana or Maine) and the infrastructure is reasonably well developed, it is possible to explore it in about a week and, with some advance planning and guidance from the local experts, build up a list of 80 to 90 species in winter and 120 to 140 in the spring. Serbia has 317 eBirded species so far, or 89% of the 356 in the national checklist.

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Ticks bite back humans for warming the planet

Green Prophet

Rickettsia conorii, a variant of the disease, is responsible for Mediterranean spotted fever in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Europe, including in Tunisia, Libya, Israel, Sardinia-Italy, Portugal and Algeria. We’ve ticked off the ticks.

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Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

10,000 Birds

Late June night at the Casino Estoril, then the largest casino in Europe, located in the neutral Portugal where spies of all colours met. Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean. Oh, the joys of slipping through the pages of a new book that has just arrived, the Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle and Sharpe. I am checking the References and one name, expectedly, stands out: Bond, J.

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UK’s leading vegan footwear brand expands to the U.S.

Eccorazzi

Designed and crafted in Portugal with eco-friendly leather alternatives , they’ve already found popularity in American publications like Cosmopolitan and Refinery 29. And handmade in Portugal by talented artisans. The expansion of a vegan footwear brand has fashion aficionados swooning. Fashion Times reports that Bourgeois Boheme , an independent British footwear brand, officially announced the launch of its U.S. website.

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Wind power in Spain reaches an historic high in March 2011

Green (Living) Review

With the Spanish wind energy production of March 2011 it would be possible to cover the monthly electricity consumption of a country the size of Portugal, according to the the AEE, Spain's association of wind farms. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Madrid, Spain: Wind power became Spain's main source of electricity for the first time ever in April 2011 and wind farms accounted for 21 percent of demand and reached a monthly record, which is 5.0 percent more than in March 2010.

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