This website was created to bring together, and exchange information between, all birders, birdwatchers and lovers of natural history who wish to preserve the environment and wildlife of this beautiful area of southern Europe.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Roger, Colin and Jim (in "first-sighting" order), the founder members of the Algarve Alpine Accentor Appreciation Society (AAAAS - pronounced "ARSE").
I retired early from my job as a Senior Lecturer in geology at University of London, totally fed-up with the way in which Higher Education at U.K. universities was prostituting itself to gain funds at the expense of academic excellence. After moving to the Algarve in 1997 there was a resurgence in my love of wildlife and birds in particular. I have become very involved in the Portugal birding scene but again became disillusioned at the way in which this beautiful and migrationally important part of southern Europe was succumbing to the greed of developers.
Two localities close to my heart are Ria de Alvor (where I live) and Lagoa dos Salgados ("Pêra Marsh"), one of the most fabulous birding spots on the Iberian Peninsula - it was my desire to help preserve Salgados which prompted the formation of this website as a means of disseminating information to the large number of visiting British birders who visit this location annually and are concerned for its future and well-being.