Prescribed fire for Nature Conservation

Wait… What? Yes! Fire can also be a great resource in terms of nature conservation! On Tuesday 12th January, we had a first-hand opportunity to experience a controlled fire in Baldio-Carvalhais, one of Montis bigger properties. For months, us as volunteers have been working in the field creating containment paths for this event. It was…

LIFE VOLUNTEER ESCAPES until June 2021

The extension request for the project LIFE VOLUNTEER ESCAPES was recently approved for more six months. It is with joy that we announce that we will continue to work with the support of long-term volunteers until June 2021 in nature conservation in Portugal. With most of the biodiversity and conservation indicators achieved, we decided to…

LIFE VOLUNTEER ESCAPES in English

“We are what we do”, this is the slogan for LIFE VOLUNTEER ESCAPES, a project created to welcome young adults between 18 to 30 years that are eager to help nature conservation and learn more about the environmental challenges. We are 9 portuguese associations in total that are prepared to receive volunteers for a minimum…

Lauren’s experience at MONTIS

The planting season has now drawn to a close (a little delayed due to COVID-19!), which has coincided with the end of my volunteering period. For 4 months I have been volunteering with Montis and contributing to the planting of 12,000 oaks, birch, chestnut and alder trees. I have also had the opportunity to prune…

Nature conservation and restoration in Torres-Vedras

(English) On 9th March myself and two other volunteers from LIFE Volunteer Escapes in Montis travelled down to Torres Vedras to partake in an activity led by the Municipality on Praia Azul (Blue Beach). We worked alongside a group of youngsters from an agricultural college and the Municipalities coordinators and volunteers from Life Volunteers Escapes.…

A volunteering day in Vieiro

Se algum vez se perguntaram o que é o voluntariado para a conservação da Natureza e o que os voluntários do projecto fazem, este vídeo ajuda-vos a ter uma ideia. A Katia e o Vicky são voluntários na Montis desde Outubro de 2019, e já estiveram envolvidos em várias tarefas, controlo de espécies invasoras, sementeiras,…

The little ones in Carvalhal

English My volunteering experience with Montis has so far, been a varied one, in regards to both my daily duties and also to the people I have been able to work alongside. I have had the opportunity to work with another Life Volunteer Escapes organisation for a week (Plantar uma Árvore) and also to work…

A crisp autumn’s day

Versão Inglês It was a crisp autumn’s day. Cozily wrapped in my clothes and with my feet bathing in the water was how I discovered the property Vermilhas on my first day 🙂 It was a good introduction (to November)! Luckily I like rain! And even more when it’s scarce… Because above all I love…

Goodbye Words

Despedimo-nos em Dezembro do Tom Kleemann, voluntários de longa duração da Montis no projecto LIFE VOLUNTEER ESCAPES. O Tom deixou-nos o seu pequeno testemunho sobre o que aprender e viveu em connosco. “After three month my stay in Montis ends mid of December 2019. During my time here I learned about what it actually takes…