Helen is a British artist who has been regularly visiting Portugal for more than 10 years. Most visits have been to the Algarve - to Sagres and the surrounding area. Her work is varied and includes paintings and illustrations in watercolour, gouache and inks, and digital designs using an iPad. Current work includes commissions for house and garden ‘portraits’. The website www.helennewtonartist.co.uk is a gallery of the range of her work. Helen exhibits in England and this is her third exhibition in Portugal. She exhibited at the Sagres Festival of Birdwatching and Nature Activities in October 2015 and at the Centro Cultural, Vila do Bispo in October 2016. Whilst in Portugal Helen takes every opportunity to paint in the open air using pen and watercolours. The light, colours and landscape of the area around Sagres are inspirational and provide endless opportunities for exploring ways to capture images of the area in paint. For the exhibition she has selected watercolour sketches and paintings many of which have been painted in the open air and all of which are of the birds or nature of Sagres or the surrounding area. Helen hopes that the work captures Sagres and the Festival of Bird Watching in paint and provides a memento of an area of exceptional character and beauty. Visit Helen's exibition in Fort of Beliche.
Photo-identification is a non invasive mark-recapture method that allows us to recognize and identify cetaceans through their unique marks on the dorsal fins. These marks work as a fingerprint which gives information about the geographical distribution and migration of the species. Thus, we can recognize some of the families of Orcas (Orcinus orca) that every summer cross our region on the way to the strait of Gibraltar, after schools of tuna fish. The resighting in Sagres of catalogued individuals was revolutionary in the knowledge of these populations.
Author: Mar Ilimitado
Finding out how many eggs a Cory´s shearwater lay a year, or what does a shag with its wings wide open, are examples of what you can learn with Life Berlengas at Sagres. SPEA´s team will introduce you to the natural heritage of Berlengas archipelago and to what can be done to preserve it in a series of activities for children. Throughout this school year, SPEA challenged the students of the 5th grade from D. Luis de Ataíde School to develop a Project entirely dedicated to the fauna of Berlengas and the results were fantastic! The students built Cory´s shearwaters in felt, sunfish in recycled materials, lizards made of plasticine, amog others, impressing the whole community of Peniche. Now it´s Sagres Festival children turn.
Participants of the 8th Birdwatching & Nature Activities can enjoy the 30% discount on round-trip travel in the Regional / Interregional service, within the framework of the partnership between this event and CP. To enjoy this discount, you need to request in advance a proof of participation in the festival through the email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conditions of this discount:
• Issuance of round-trip tickets
• Have Lagos as a destination
• This discount is not cumulative with other existing ones, namely the round trip
• Valid from 3 to 9 October
• Only available at CP box office or in transit when boarding at a station without a commercial service
• Tickets issued under this partnership are refundable, subject to the conditions in force
• Tickets issued under this partnership are revalidable, considering the period of validity of the discount
If you wish to use Inter Cidades or Alfa Pendular services, you are not covered by this discount. But there is the option of Advance Purchase, which is very advantageous. Please note that there are limited places for this modality. More information at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/descontos-vantages/descontos/compra-antecipada
The 14 km route between Vila do Bispo and Cape S. Vincent, included in the Historical Route of Rota Vicentina, crosses the Sagres Biogenetic Reserve, a sanctuary for botanists because of the rare chalk soil plants, and for species unique to the world or which were thought to be extinct but have reappeared. The undergrowth is dominated by gorse, Erica, thistles, Lithodora lusitanica, rosemary, thyme, violets and hyacinths. You are about to finish the Rota Vicentina, but before you’ll pass an area called Vale Santo, which was for centuries part of the pilgrimage route of devotes of St. Vincent, whose journey finished in the monastery that existed, where now is located the lighthouse.
Author: Rota Vicentina