These tours encompasses the two remarkable areas of Castro Verde and Mértola, and include habitats of stunning natural beauty, reached from Lisbon within a 90 minute drive. Parts of the areas visited are zones of special protection, including the bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Nature Park.
The unique rolling plains of Castro Verde are the most important zone in Portugal for steppe bird conservation. Species like Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel or Roller, can be confidently expected here and scarce species like Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture and Spanish Imperial Eagle are also regularly seen.
The tours also include a visit to the valley of the Guadiana and, at Pulo do Lobo, where the river has cut through ancient rock to form a dramatic gorge, some really spectacular species, often associated with craggy scarps can be seen, including Black Stork, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Eagle Owl, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting.
Apart from being a delight from the historical perspective, Mértola is an excellent place for Lesser Kestrel.
The actual range of habitats includes open steppe land (some cultivated, some fallow), small dams and oak woods, as well as scrub and valley escarpments.
Main areas visited: Entradas, São Marcos da Ataboeira, Pulo do Lobo, Mértola and Mina de São Domingos.
Some notable species, which are scarce elsewhere or difficult to see, or are essentially Mediterranean species (not occurring much further north), have significant populations in these areas, and include White Stork, Black Stork, Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Golden Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Red Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Crane, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone-curlew, Collared Pratincole, Eagle Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Roller, Thekla Lark, Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Spectacled Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Raven, Spotless Starling, Golden Oriole, Spanish Sparrow and Rock Bunting.
Rare or Accidental Species
In recent years, some species that are considered major rarities in Portugal have been seen in these areas, including Ruppell’s Vulture, Red-footed Falcon, White-rumped Swift, Little Swift and Red-throated Pipit.
Full Day Private Tour
1 person – 280 euros
2 persons – 340 euros
3 persons – 400 euros
4 persons – 460 euros
(+ 60 euros per additional person)
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Birds & Nature Tours is a registered tourism company (RNAAT nº 25/2008 - Turismo de Portugal I.P.)
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