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.…

Quarantina

The word ‘quarantine’ comes from the old Venetian word ‘quarantina’ meaning 40 days. During the black death epidemics of the 14th and 15th centuries, ships would be isolated for a period of 40 days to try and prevent the spread of the disease. We have been in quarantine for over 40 days and this period…

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,…

Quarantine

We are now in the third week of quarantine and this strange life is becoming reality. Between binge watching netflix, video calling loved ones and running down the eerily deserted Lisbon streets, I have been writing the report for the seabird coastal counts in 2019. However, I have high hopes that we will be able…

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…

Impacts of Tourism

After an incredibly interesting experience in the field, it has been a return to office work recently. This has involved analysing the impact which the tourism on Berlenga is having on the population of European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristoteli) and also updating the equipment records associated with the rodent control program. Finally, we will travel to…

In at the deep end

In my first week of volunteering with SPEA I had the incredible opportunity to travel to the islands of Berlenga and Farilhões. On the first night we stayed overnight on Farilhões and spent our time checking both artificial and natural Maderian Storm Petrel nests, we ringed the chicks and adults which we found. This was…