These are the nature books that caught our eye this month. Reading suggestions about wolves, flowers, Portuguese wildlife, Haeckel and Robert McFarlane.
The Oceanário de Lisboa, opened for 19 years, was elected the Best Aquarium in the World by Travelers’ Choice of TripAdvisor, a travel and tourism site with more than 535 million reviews.
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’.
Being close to a flock of more than 100 vultures is a moment difficult to forget. Carlos Rio, a Portuguese wildlife photographer, told Wilder the story behind this photo that looks like a painting.
Wildlife photographer Gonçalo Rosa captured a flock of grey partridges on a photo-trapping camera at the end of January in the north of the Portugal. This is the first documented record known in several decades of this species in the country, a bird that was extinguished after having been abundant until the 19th century.
This year 15 cubs were born in the Portuguese breeding centre for the Iberian-lynx, in Silves (Algarve), five more than last year, was revealed last Tuesday. Here you can learn about the stories behind some of the mothers of this seventh season of Iberian lynx breeding in captivity in Portugal.
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.
Last summer, between 470 and 550 stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) were found in Portuguese ancient oak forests and urban parks by the 500 participants in the first national census on the species. Now it’s easier to find out what to do to help Europe’s biggest beetle, an iconic and endangered insect.
Between 155 and 184 ospreys from the northern Europe are wintering in Portugal’s estuaries and wetlands, where food is abundant at this time of the year, concluded the third national census made last Saturday, 14th January, by 141 volunteers.
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).