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Boat Trips along the Tagus

Birds & Nature organizes, in partnership with the company Rio-a-Dentro, birdwatching and bird photography tours by boat, along the river Tagus.

These boat trips are arranged for specific dates (see below), but can also be organized for group bookings at other times (minimum of 6 participants). 

The trips on the river Tagus start at Escaroupim dock (Council of Salvaterra de Magos) and take place in the spring and the beginning of summer. The main objective of these trips is to observe the great beauty of the river and the colonies of birds, such as Bee-eaters, Sand Martins and Egrets. The Escaroupim area is of enormous importance particularly for the colony of Egrets, not only because of the number of pairs involved, but also the diversity of other breeding species, which include Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron and Spoonbill (Glossy Ibis breed in this colony since 2005); great care is taken not to disturb the birds.


- 12th June (09,30h - 12,00h)

Main Species
Cormorant,  Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Mallard, Osprey, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher, Bee-eater and Sand Martin.

Boat Technical Characteristics
Engine – Electric (with no CO2 emissions)
Size – 7 m
Draught – 2,80 m
Capacity – 10 participants + 2 skippers

45 € per person. Price includes full time trip leader specialized in bird identification, transport by boat with electric engine, free use of quality binoculars and field guides, participant’s accident insurance and VAT.

The boat trips along the Tagus river, are about two and a half hours long, starting at 09,30 hours and returning at 12,00 hours. The exact schedule of each trip can be adapted to take account of factors such as the tidal cycle. 
The maximum number of participants is 10.
The boat is silent and comfortable, providing a good base from which to view the Tagus river.
Please note that there may be times when, because of weather conditions or for other reasons, the trip has to be cancelled; if this happens, we will try our utmost to arrange another date.
Safety and security are our highest priority, both for the observer and the observed!

Have a look at photos of completed trips at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/birds-nature-boat-trips/

Contact us now for reservations or 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.)

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