American student Aidan D’Silva organized a clean-up initiative in the Alagoas Brancas wetland. In his own words, he tells us why he thinks this bird sanctuary deserves all the attention it can get.
I am a 17 year old student from the Algarve who recently moved here. Since moving to the Algarve, I have always admired its stunning natural beauty and sought out ways to raise awareness of the lesser-known wilderness areas of this region.
About two months ago, I became aware of a bird sanctuary in the center of Lagoa called Alagoas Brancas, the lagoon from which the town and municipality takes its name. Although being the origin of the name of the city, the Alagoas Brancas is not well known to the local community.
Despite this, the Alagoas Brancas is a thriving place full of wildlife. In fact, over 140 different species of birds have been spotted there as well as an assortment of turtles and insects. The Alagoas Brancas and other similar natural sites are threatened all over the world. That’s why it’s so important for people of my generation to stand up and do something about it.
A little known fact is that lagoons absorb four times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than forests. This is just one of the many reasons to pay attention to places like the Alagoas Brancas.
I wanted to make this place known by organizing a cleaning that would allow people not only to know the Alagoas Brancas, but also to make it a little cleaner.
So on April 30, I did just that. Thirty people took part. Through this article, I hope more people all over the Algarve can learn about this wonderful place.
By Aidan D’Silva
Student Aidan D’Silva moved to the city of Porches in 2020. He attends the Nobel British International School in Lagoa.