Re-Wilding your Summer in Portugal

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Our busy lifestyles make it easy to lose touch with nature but with Portugal’s sunshine, glorious cool lakes, deep green rivers and hills for stargazing, a summer break is the perfect time to attune yourselves with the wild. Here are five ways to re-wild your holidays and connect with nature in all its green, sparkling, mossy glory. By Edwina Pitcher, author of the book ‘Wild Guide Portugal’.

Very rare whale spotted off Azores

True beaked whales (Mesoplodon mirus) have rarely been observed alive until now, and many scientists spend several years trying to record it without success. A group of researchers has now released the first underwater video of this cetacean, shot by chance by a group of students off the Azores.

New exhibition shows the Portuguese king in love with the sea

There is a new host welcoming visitors to Vasco da Gama Aquarium, in Algés, Lisbon, at the new exhibition that started last November. This specimen with 120 years, preserved in formaldehyde, is a footballfish and it helps to tell a lesser-known part of king D. Carlos’ life, the penultimate Portuguese monarch (1863-1908).

Diogo has won a nature award from IUCN


Diogo Veríssimo, 32, is a conservation marketer. He works in several countries, such as Nepal and Sao Tome and Principe, helping local people to live with and protect tigers and sea turtles. Last month he received the Young Professional Award from the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Commission on Communication and Education.

They made the first field guide to Amazonian bats

Until now, the conservation of the Amazon forest and of the 168 species of bats living there was hampered by the difficulty in identifying these animals. After five years of work and many weeks living in the heart of the forest, the first Field Guide to Amazonian Bats was published earlier this month.