Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:
Volunteers needed for March 12th recuperating birds habitats
From Paul Abbiati, a SPEA member
SPEA- Madeira, The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds organised last Saturday much work in The Parque Ecológico do Funchal to recuperate the habitat of the Patagarro bird devastated by fires in Summer 2010.
SPEA is organising more work on March 12th to continue this project.
If you wish to participate e-mail or call this mobile number: 967232195
You must provide your full name and date of birth.
SPEA-Madeira’s full details in Madeira:
Travessa das Torres, 2 A. 9060 – 314 Funchal – Ilha da Madeira
Tel. +351 291241210 | Fax. +351 291241210 | www.spea.pt
Above and below are photographs of the superb work and the volunteers last Saturday. More photographs are here:
An image of the Patagarro bird (Puffinus puffinus) is below – the bird on the left hand-side.
Madeira: a walker’s paradise
A popular walk and an easy one
The Levada do Caldeirão Verde
“A popular levada to hike is the Levada do Caldeirão Verde which continues as the Levada Caldeirão do Inferno. Together it is about 23 miles (37 km) long. Along both parts there are long sections which should not be attempted by hikers prone to vertigo; and several tunnels for which flashlights and helmets are essential.”
Rabacal Levada, Calheta region, 2006,
The Levada do Caniçal
“The Levada do Caniçal is a much easier walk. This levada runs 7.1 miles (11.4 km) from Maroços to the Caniçal Tunnel. It is known as the mimosa levada because acacias (commonly misnamed mimosas) are found all along the route.”
Vista da levada nos Prazeres. 2008
Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levada#Levadas_today