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Newsletter November 2018

Hi there,

Let’s jump to our latest news 🙂

Since April we have been involved in various Nature events and festivals like Walk Festvial Ameixial, ObservArribas in Miranda de Douro, ObservaNatura in Setubal or Birdwatching Festival in Sagres showing the platform to the birdwatchers and nature lovers.

At the Birdwatching Festival in Sagres we had an incredible time participating in several field trips every day, observing the birds under the trained eyes of Guillaume Réthoré and Thijs Valkenburg. We were using our app in the field, getting the feedback from users right on the spot and obtaining many ideas on how we can improve the birdwatching experiences in the field, as for mobile users and as for guides.

We are also pleased to announce that we are the regional winners of the largest startup competition in Portugal: Tourism Explorers 2018 from Fabrica de Startups and Turismo de Portugal. It was a great experience and surely ‘shook up’ our project in a very good way. We now have stronger ideas and new energies to improve our project.

We are currently participating in another competition: Tourism Up from Territorios Criativos, to be held in November and December. Stay tuned!

Since April we also had many updates to our Android application too. We have added the first version of a filter for the bird list but we expect to improve that filter in a more user friendly apraoch. We also added a distribution map for each species where you can see the locations around you of the lastest bird observation. We added a carousel of bird images with a zoom to help you to see the details of each photo and, finally, we have added new languages for the name of the birds such as Italian, Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian. If you want your language be added in the application let us know and we will do our best 🙂

At the latest update, we also began to add information about National Parks and Protected Areas from from Portugal by Natural.PT, a network from Conservação da Natureza e Florestas (ICNF). This branch of national scope, which for the first time promoted the existence of a network of tourist destinations, is based on products and services associated to the National Network of Protected Areas (RNAP).

We are working on the platform for the promotion of the best local guides and rural accommodations in order to give you a holistic birdwatching experience. Our aim is to connect you with the best professionals and services in the area to provide you with all the usefull information at the tip of your fingers. Soon we will notify you once the platform will be available 🙂

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