Get to know the Species
Although being of medium size means it may resemble a dog, its white head covered with two black stripes from the tip of its snout to its ears is unmistakeable: it is indeed a badger (Meles meles). If you are still in doubt, its short white tail is also a distinctive feature of this species that exists in the wild in Portugal and throughout Europe.
Theophrastus (372 BC to 287 BC), Greek philosopher and botanical pioneer, referred to the species as a “domestic pine”. The name has come through into Portuguese as “pinheiro-manso” (“tame pine”), while in English it is known as the stone pine (Pinus pinea). The history of its domestication and cultivation is so old that its exact region of origin is not known.
Strikingly green in colour, the greenfinch (Chloris chloris) is very sociable bird and tolerates the presence of humans very well, nesting in urban gardens and parks. It is also a regular visitor to vegetable gardens, orchards, and the edges of forests, all places where its singing can be heard.
The fox is one of the most common carnivores in the northern hemisphere and adapts to a wide variety of habitats, very much because of its unrestricted and opportunistic diet. This opportunism has made its name synonymous with cunning and guile, but it is thanks to this trait that the fox is such a resilient mammal in the wild.