Acacia dealbata

Eco Action in Gerês

Includes

Pick-up & drop-off
Lunch + snack + water
Insurance
Conservation support

 

Duration and  availability

Full-day | 09:00 – 20:00
Spring / Summer
Autumn / Winter

Price

100€  | Porto
100€  | Viana do Castelo
  85€  | Guimarães
  75€  | Braga
family friendly
scenic views
history and culture
adrenaline

Eco Action in Gerês

Take action and join us in our daily struggle to preserve of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Eco action in Gerês include peeling acacia trees, planting native trees, picking up litter and rebuilding old cairns, there is a lot to do in every season.  

The park forest is quite small compared to its potential because it has been fustigated by wildfires throughout the ages, and it has been continually used as grazing area since, at least, Celtic times. 

During the proper season, plant native forest, with plants from certified nurseries to prevent the introduction of diseases. Plant Pyrenean, common and cork oaks, birch, wild cherries, hawthorns, pines, hollies, strawberry trees and others in the most suitable locations on amazing diverse landscapes.

Combat acacia trees, witch are a huge problem in this National Park. Acacia dealbata and melanoxylon are invasive species that spread rapidly and create thick dense woods that are both a huge fire hazard and an ecological problem as they block the sun light preventing the native species to thrive In addition, these woods are depleted of any other life but these trees, with the exception of only one kind of ant that consumes and spreads their seeds.  To complicate things even more, like a Hydra, if you cut one tree down, seven more will grow from the same root, which means that the best available solution is to peel the trunk and disrupt the sap flow. 

Join us on picking up litter from the areas subjected to the most touristic pressure and give it a proper destination (like recycling). This is an essential task at the end of Summer to ensure a plasticfree environment.

Contribute to a better, cleaner and diverse territory while enjoying it and learning about its history, geology, fauna and flora.

Specifics
  • Suitable for everyone from 2 to 75 years old
  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Maximum group size: 6
  • Available all year round
  • Duration: full day – 9:00 to 20:00
Recommendations
  • Wear weather and hiking appropriate clothes and shoes
  • Bring swimwear – to dress up and take off on location (to avoid returning wet) –, a towel (you can rent one for 2€) and flip-flops (not essential)
  • Bring sunscreen (if relevant)
Background
All the tours include:
  • Pick-up and Drop-off at accommodation
  • SUV with all seats facing forward
  • Toddler/child car seats available (9 to 36 kg)
  • Lunch, snacks and water
  • Photos and videos
  • Specialized local guide with first aid training and carrying a first aid kit
  • A 2,00 € contribution for a conservation project
  • Small-group tour
  • All equipment necessary for the activities
  • Insurance, both personal and liability
The tours do not include:
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Swimwear
  • Towels (you can rent one for 2€)
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