|About the Private Tours|
Birds & Nature offers private-guide services for individuals, groups, clubs and associations, in the form of day tours and birding holidays (short-break, week-long or more and tailor-made itineraries) at any time of the year.
Just tell us what type of trip you're interested in, the time of the year you would like to come and any particular target species, and we'll send you a detailed estimate without any obligation on your part. We can cater for any number of people, varying the price per person accordingly (the price per person will be reduced as the number of participants increases).
The Mainland Portugal bird list includes more than 400 species. This rich biodiversity is reflective of Portugal’s geographical position (Lisbon is about 38º N) and means that there is an abundance of species always present in each season; wintering species from the north, fascinating Mediterranean resident species and a range of passage migrants and breeding birds from sub-Saharan Africa.
Portugal has a long coastline and an enormous Zone of Economic Exclusivity; access to these brings a feast of seabirds and passage migrants. Despite being a relatively small country, it boasts an excellent range of habitats from wetlands, estuaries and saline flats, to wooded hills, steppe-like plains and rocky outcrops. In practical terms, this means that any of these varied habitats can be reached without the need for lengthy travel. Most of the day, therefore, is spent in the field and not in the car.
This estuary, the most important protected wetland area in Portugal and one of the most important ones in Europe, is a mere 20 minutes from Lisbon, yet is replete with excellent bird sites, such as Hortas, Pancas, Barroca d’Alva and Ponta da Erva, to mention just a few. There you can find an estuarine habitat, marshes, saline flats, rice fields, reed beds, pasture and wooded hills, all within a few kilometres.
If you want to spend a few days birding, please check our short-break and week-long programmes. If you are considering a birding holiday and would like to combine this with other alternatives, there is a whole range of possibilities. Please check our other tours.
We also offer specifically organised bird photography tours.
Tours normally start between 07h30 and 08h30 and, for full day tours, return between 18h30 and 20h30, depending on the season. For the Alentejo and the Algarve tours an early start and late finish is desirable so that participants can take full advantage of the day. Half day tours end at about 13h00 for morning tours and start at around 14h00 for afternoon tours. To some extent, timing can be adjusted to suit the clients.
Quality binoculars, telescopes and field guides are always available.
Birds & Nature Tours is a registered tourism company (RNAAT nº 25/2008 - Turismo de Portugal I.P.)
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