I was born in Lisbon, but my home has always been in Aljezur, Western Algarve. The SW coast is where my roots, heart, inspiration and family ties rest. I’ve been a birdwatcher for as long as I can remember, and to work in merging the gap between people and nature has always my professional dream.
I graduated in Marine Biology in 2007 and worked in ornithology and conservation ever since. I began my career as marine observer for SPEA/BirdLife Portugal, gathering seabird data in the high seas. After that I worked as a freelance field technician specialized in bird monitoring, for environmental impact assessment and consulting companies, and was a trainee in Cape Verde (S. Vicente island), working in marine conservation and environmental awareness.
I began working fulltime in SPEA/BirdLife Portugal in 2010 where I stayed for 5 years, involved in seabird conservation projects, impact of human activities in the marine environment, and other SPEA and BirdLife International conservation, monitoring, and social projects, both in Portugal and abroad.
But along the path, there had always been something missing. Home and the wild SW kept calling me back. It was time to take a leap of faith. So in 2015, Birdland came to life.