Berlenga Island, off the West coast of Portugal, has a new inhabitant: the Band-rumped Storm-petrel. A female of this threatened species has laid an egg on the island, thanks to work by the EU-funded LIFE Berlengas project.
This winter we have a critical chance to change EU policy to better our seas. Their health is essential to us as a source of food, income and employment, but also in providing ecosystem services such as coastal protection and carbon sequestration.
Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.