Earlier this month, ALMARGEM (Association for the Defence of Cultural Patrimony and Environment of the Algarve) presented a study highlighting the preservation of the Algarve´s wetlands.

According to researchers, the Alagoas Brancas wetlands in Lagoa were a surprising case study due to their impressive amount of inhabitants.

Previously underestimated due to their small size, Lagoa’s wetlands were found to harbour a disproportionately large amount of species, some of whom are protected by law and are of international importance.

Among the findings there were 114 bird species, eight arthropod species such as dragonflies or crustaceans, and 18 reptilian species. Of these, some are on the verge of being considered “threatened” or are under protected status.

Beyond the rich biodiversity reported in the study, researchers also warned about the worrying prospects of building on the area, which could lead to land collapses, water contamination, and even floods.

Several local authorities attended the presentation, among them the Mayors of Silves and Loulé, Member of Parliament Luis Graça, the Regional Director of the ICNF (Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests) and the Environmental Councillor for the Mayor of Lagoa.