Category Archives: Workshops and other events

“Triops vicentinus” and Vila do Bispo temporary ponds

The “Triops vicentinus” a true living fossil, is an endemic species that exists only in temporary ponds in Vila do Bispo council. Contemporary of the dinosaurs, has existed for over 200 million years since the Upper Triassic – Lower Jurassic . The Triops genus derives his name from the three eyes. The vicentinus species was identified in 2010. These animals can reach up to 7 cm and in its first stage of life feed from filtering the water, ending his life as carnivorous predators, feeding mainly on insects.

Last December 13, we attended a public presentation of the project LIFE Charcos – Conservação de Charcos Temporários na Costa Sudoeste de Portugal, in Vila do Bispo Interpretation Centre and visited one of the temporary ponds where he had the opportunity to observe live several individuals of this species of freshwater crustaceans , which their drought-resistant eggs, which hatch with the first rains. Eggs also resist stomach acid herbivores and are transported in cattle feces, thus populating other flooded areas.

Also the fairy shrimps are another attraction of these ponds with its short cycle of 15 days of life. But the flora is not far behind and offers some interesting species such as thistle – of – ponds, a plant with hollow and fleshy leaves, during the phase in which the pond is flooded, which become spiny leaves during the dry phase.

Preservation of temporary ponds is essential to the survival of these species and is perfectly compatible with traditional agriculture and pastoralism.

Permaculture Workshop

On 17 and 18 May Permaculture workshop took place in the farm with André Carvalho (Coordinator of Educational Activities Quinta Do Vale da Lama, in Odiáxere). The program was as follows:

1 – What it is and what it is for permaculture

2 – How to work the land in accordance with our climate

3 – Methods for preventing and controlling pests

It was very interesting to count with the vast experience of two farmers in the region, the knowledge and communication skills and humor of t André. The workshop was an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge and all get richer.

The two days were lively socializing, especially at mealtimes.

4th Meeting of the Seeds Circle of the western Algarve

On the 15th of February it was held at the Quinta das Alagoas the 4th Meeting of the Seeds Circle of the western Algarve.

The circle of seeds brings together people connected with agriculture wishing to preserve local agricultural species and share. Each participant becomes a guardian of the seeds he undertakes to care for, protect, save, and sow to preserve species currently rare or almost extinct. The seeds can also be preserved in a seed bank and can be used elsewhere in the country or the world where there are conditions of soil and climate apropriate to its development.