BIODIVERSITY STATIONS



Through the establishment of a network of Biodiversity Stations, the Tagis - Butterfly Conservation Center of Portugal and the National History Museum Natural aims to contribute to the enhancement, dissemination and conservation of the country's natural heritage. The project was funded by EEA Grants and integrated into the program. of celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity Bioeventos 2010.

Biodiversity Stations are walking paths with a maximum length of 3 km, signposted on the ground. through informative panels about the biological riches to be observed by the visitors. The network of Biodiversity Stations is currently made up of 33 sites, distributed throughout the country (be map). Each station is located in a location of high specific and landscape richness, representative of the characteristic habitats of the area.

The panels act as a kind of field guide and make reference to species, emblematic and common. Particular emphasis is placed on insects and plants, which are the basis for the conservation of ecosystems. terrestrial. The information already gathered is available on the Biodiversity4all website. The public can contribute to the inventory and monitoring of station biodiversity through introduction of your personal observations.



TARGETS

Enhancement of the natural heritage, especially important for the qualified offer of tourism and environmental education.

Disclosure of the diversity of insects and plants and their importance for the correct functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.

Promotion of biodiversity monitoring, important for assessing the effects of climate change and other factors affecting ecosystems.

Making biodiversity information available to civil society and the scientific community.

Contribution to the sustainable development of the country.

Promotion of intercity and interregional relations.

BLUE TURPHY BUTTERFLY

A rare butterfly in our country and protected at European level, the blue butterfly, now has a reserve in Portugal. Quercus acquired a land of 3,500 square meters in Castro Daire, to preserve this species that relies on the ants to survive.

The new micro-reserve is located in Serra de Montemuro, where it was recently identified a population of the species, whose occurrence is very rare in Portugal, being considered an almost endangered species.

The strategy of Blue butterfly survival is perhaps the most amazing of all 135 known daytime butterfly species in Portugal.