Birds & Nature offers private-guide services for individuals, groups, clubs and associations, namely 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).
For some examples, please see:
Short-break Birdwatching Programme in Portugal (Lisbon Estuaries & Alentejo)
Short-break Birdwatching Programme in Portugal (Algarve & Alentejo)
Portugal possesses a fantastic diversity of habitats and consequently of birds in a relatively small area, so the birding programmes designed by Birds & Nature enable you to visit several species rich areas without needing to travel long distances.
In practical terms, you will find within half an hour’s drive from Lisbon city centre and its International Airport the Tagus Estuary and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserves. These two remarkable protected wetland areas have extensive bird lists that include Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard, Iberian Grey Shrike and Spotless Starling, and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns.
A further one hour’s drive takes you to other complementary biotopes and consequently new bird species in the Alentejo. Here, you will visit both the rolling plains of Castro Verde (the home of Great Bustard, Montagu's Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Roller, Calandra Lark, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear and more) and the bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Valley Nature Park, noted for species like Iberian Imperial, Golden and Bonelli's Eagles, Eurasian Black and Griffon Vultures, Black Stork, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White-rumped Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting.
After exploring these Alentejo biotopes, if you opt for our Week-long Programme, a further 45 minute drive takes you to the Algarve, a Portuguese region rich in protected wetland areas situated on a major fly-way for migrants from Africa and notable in particular for waders and passerines. Some of the places you will visit, namely the Ria Formosa Nature Park and the Castro Marim Nature Reserve, are unique in Portugal as sites for rare and highly localised species, like Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gulls and Lesser Short-toed Lark. Other places you will experience are excellent spots for getting close views of scarce species like Purple Swamphen and Little Bittern. Red-necked Nightjar, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Spectacled Warbler and Azure-winged Magpie are particularly abundant here.
For tailor-made itineraries, please contact us.
These private birding tours complement our range of standard pre-scheduled tours for up to seven participants. For further details (click here).
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Birds & Nature Tours is a registered tourism company (RNAAT nº 25/2008 - Turismo de Portugal I.P.)