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Birds & Nature Tours is the first Portuguese company specifically dedicated to birds and birding tours.
We offer you a wide variety of programmes, including guided birding and photographic tours.
Birding Field Tours
The guided field tours organized by Birds & Nature are designed to offer you the best of Portuguese birding, with a specific emphasis on what you want to see.
We cater for individuals requiring just a day away from the city to longer tailor-made trips for individuals or small groups.
Tours are adapted to cover a wide range of ability, from novice to expert and although focused on birding, are also suitable for the general naturalist and the visitor who wants to see something of the Portuguese countryside as well.
The guides are ornithologists and birders with a deep knowledge of the birdlife of Iberia and the kind of local knowledge necessary to find those tricky or difficult species.
The trips usually depart from Lisbon (hotel pick up and drop off) and the transport is by air conditioned vehicle (up to 8 participants).
For those without optics, quality binoculars and telescopes, as well as field guides, are available.
Are you planning to visit Portugal?
Portugal's compact size and impressive array of habitats and wildlife make it a wonderfully rewarding destination for the birdwatcher or general naturalist alike. Most visitors will arrive at one of two major airports of Lisbon or Faro; both are within a short distance of renowned reserves.
Lisbon is the only European capital located near such a rich Bird & Nature hotspot – the Tagus estuary.
About 20 minutes from the city, this huge Nature Reserve, with its extensive area of protected wetland, offers excellent conditions for the observation of birds in rich natural surroundings.
The Tagus estuary is the most important wetland in Portugal and one of the most important in Europe. It is fascinating at all times of the year: in winter, it holds over 120.000 waders, waterfowl and other aquatic birds; during migratory periods, the bird diversity is at its maximum, and one can expect to observe more than 100 species in a single day; during the summer, the estuary is alive with breeding species more usually associated with the Mediterranean.
Besides the Tagus estuary, we have tours to other exciting locations: the Sado estuary, the Alentejo and the Algarve. Also, we are happy to discuss with you other alternatives; should you wish to find any specific species in particular, we are glad to organize a tour tailored to your particular needs.
If your main interest is bird photography, please check our photographic tours.
Lisbon International Airport is served by numerous airlines and, as already mentioned, lies only 20 minutes from one of the finest birdwatching sites in Europe! Also, within 90 minutes, it is possible to visit other excellent complementary biotopes, as for example, the rolling plains and dramatic gorges, hills and bluffs associated with river valleys of the Alentejo.
Similar tours can be organized for visitors arriving at Faro, including itineraries concentrating on the many sites in the Algarve.
For longer tours, Birds & Nature has links with a number of quality hotels and pensions situated within easy reach of the major birding sites and can, therefore, recommend and arrange accommodation. Birds & Nature is also organized to act as agent for visiting and touring groups and can recommend and arrange suitable itineraries, transport and accommodation to meet their particular requirements; for instance, if you want to spend a few days birding, please check our short-breaks and week-long programmes.
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Birds & Nature Tours is a registered tourism company (RNAAT nº 25/2008 - Turismo de Portugal I.P.)