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Bats: ecologically important animals

Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera and make up one-fifth of the mammal population on Earth, according to Bat Conservation International. Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide with about more than 1,300 bat species in the world.

Ananda Cafè: it is not only about food

In Rua Comendador Campos Melo in Covilhã there is this small place called Ananda Cafè. What is it? It is difficult to explain. First at all it is a cafè and restaurant where you can eat excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes like these in the pictures.

Hawthorn. A useful and benefic tree

Common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a deciduous tree native in the UK and across Europe. Also known as the May-tree, due to its flowering period, it is the only British plant named after the month in which it blooms. Common hawthorn at Master Unit (Paul, Portugal)

Biological control: a sustainable method for controlling plant diseases

Biological control is the use of living organisms to maintain pest populations below damaging levels. Biocontrol agents include a wide variety of life forms, including vertebrates, invertebrates, fungi, and microorganisms. These beneficial species are common in most natural communities and, although their presence is often unnoticed, they help maintain the “balance of nature” by regulating …

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Birdwatching at Serra da Estrela Natural Reserve

Last weekend, on 20 and 21 February, took place the workshop on wintering birds at the Serra da Estrela Natural Park (Portugal). The training course was organized by CISE and CERVAS/ALDEIA associations. The event was presented by José Conde (CISE), Ricardo Brandão (CERVAS), and Antonio Luís (Aveiro University), at the Centro de Interpretação da Serra …

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