Naturalist is a University start-up
(MARE- Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, University of Lisbon)
Half of Full Day Experience in Jeep or Van to see and feel the best Nature and Culture under any weather!
Full Day Experience on the 'living museum' of Azorean stone houses, UNESCO vineyards, lakes and endemic forests.
Monitoring and Research based on Citizen Science
Pelagic Marine Litter
Floating marine debries
A threat to all life in the oceans
Summary: Marine litter presents now a global threat at different scales in the Ocean. A large diversity of marine life is being affected and all information available is currently relevant.
Objectives: Study the diversity, density and dispersion of floating marine debries.
Methods & Data: Transects with visual counts during boat tours (whale watching, birdwatching, coastal tours).
Partners: MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre; University of the Azores. University of Lisbon
Habitat and Ecology of the Azores Noctule
The only diurnal bat in the world!
Summary: First long term study to characterize habitat and seasonal patterns of activity of the only species of mammal endemic of the Azores. The Azorean noctucle is the only diurnal bat species in the world. Originated from lesser noctules (Nyctalus leisleri) which colonized the Azores. Smaller, lighter and with a darker fur it also echolocates at higher frequencies and much of its ecology remains unknown.
Objectives: Understand the habitat and activity patterns of the Azores noctule
Methods & Data: Point counts of 10 minutes, including total number of passages and largest number of animals at sight.
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Naturalist publications range from educative and informative contents on natural history, to applied research.
Published material is procuded by our research team, including data collected during our Field Trips and often in collaboration with other tours operators.
Darwin in the Azores. Personal Diary with commentaries
Language: Portuguese and English
Authors: José Nuno Pereira & Verónica Neves, with commentaries of João Carlos Nunes, Susana Serpa Silva & Paulo Barcelos
Sinopsis: Characterization of the voyage of Charles Darwin to the Açores onboard Beagle.
Science & Tourism Interactions
Daily species check‐list from whale-watching. Studying the research potential with an Azorean case study. Pereira, J.N.G. 2008. Journal of Marine Biological Association 88: 1283‐1288. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315408001070.
This work outlines the potential of the WW daily records for monitoring purposes, with particular relevance for rare and less frequently sighted species. The work was done using the dataset of a Whale Watching company (Espaco Talassa).
Rare occurrences and New species records
The little-known Fraser’s dolpin Lagenodelphis hosei in the North Atlantic: new records and a review of distribution. Gomes-Pereira, J. N., Marques, R., Cruz, M. J., & Martins, A. (2013). Marine Biodiversity, 1-12. online.
The first records of L. hosei are given for the Azores and Madeira islands, with Information collected from whale-watching platforms. The North Atlantic distribution of the species is revised.
Photographers: Maria Joana Cruz and João Quaresma
Ecology, Physiology and Systematics
AR Lopes, M Baptista, IC Rosa, G Dionísio, J. Gomes-Pereira, J. Paula, C. Figueiredo, N. Bandarra, R Calado, R Rosa 2016. “Gone with the wind”: Fatty acid biomarkers and chemotaxonomy of stranded pleustonic hydrozoans (Velella velella and Physalia physalis). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 66: 297-306.
Gomes-Pereira, J.N., J.M. Gonçalves & M.R. Clarke 2016. Cephalopod identification keys to Histioteuthidae, Cranchiidae and Octopodiformes of the Azores, with an updated check-list. Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences 33: 1-12.
Private Studio with Barbeque
Newly remodelled and decorated like the inside of a yatch, its an open studio with a great outside area.
Rooms with private bathroom, in Guest Houses with shared kitchen and living room. Located in Horta next to the beach. 2 Guests each
Solutions for families or groups travelling to the Azores. Ask for a quotation!
The original house of the world crossing Azorean sailor Genuino. By the beach with pateo and great light. 2 Guests