Event calls attention to Alvor Estuary

Families in the Algarve are being offered an opportunity to make direct contact with nature at Alvor Estuary, thanks to an initiative called Bioblitz: Alvor 2010.

Organisers of the initiative, which is aimed at people of all ages, say it will be “a scientific mission, a call for the environment, an outdoor class and a festival, all at the same time”.

Around 20 specialists of flora and fauna will be available over the weekend of September 4 and 5 to help participants identify and make an inventory of all species found at the Ria de Alvor and its coastal area, considered one of the most important wetlands in Europe.

Children aged between five and 13, can participate in workshops, such as Vida de Insecto (Insect Life) or Pinturas da Natureza (Nature Paintings), developed by the environmental association Almargem.

Families can get involved in many activities, including workshop Aprenda a Desenhar uma Ave da Ria de Alvor (Learn to Draw a Bird of Ria de Alvor), a field trip to learn about seagrass or building a nest and learning more about insects.

A spokesman for Bioblitz: Alvor 2010 told the Algarve Resident: “The event is open to all nationalities and there will always be English-speaking people on hand to help foreign residents.”

All the activities are free of charge but require prior registration as numbers are limited.

To register and for more information about the event, please call 289 800 929 or email [email protected] Alternatively, visit (only in Portuguese)