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and Environment - From the coast to the interior,
the sea to the hills and
rolling plains of Setúbal, one can find a series of naturally enchanting
values, both socio-economic and cultural; a diversity of which is difficult
to find elsewhere. The need to conserve nature, landscape, heritage in
harmony with the growing needs of a nounshing population has recently been
responsible for the establishing of protected areas, one National Park,
two Natural Reserves and an area of Protected landscape. Brief information
is provided on:
Natural Environment of the Ria Formosa -
The Arrábida Natural
The Sado Estuary
The Tejo Estuary
Up to 200 different birds,
including many rare and endangered species, live in the Park or regularly
use it on their annual migration between Europe and North Africa.
Report: Southern Portugal (Algarve) - September 12 - 21, 2000.
By Toby Robertson.
Birding highlights from a 10-day holiday with my partner Irene in Southern
Portugal, during which we stayed in three locations on the Algarve: Faro,
a location just inland from Luz, and Tavira. I watched birds at the following
sites on or near the coast, listed here in order of their location as you
move from the Spanish border in the east, round to the border with the
Alentejo region on the west coast. The best areas were the Ria Formosa
around Faro, especially Ludo Farm/Quinta do Lago, and the area around Sagres
at the south-western tip of Portugal.
Report: Southern Portugal, September 19-26, 1999 - by Gruff Dodd.
was planned as a short relaxing autumn break with my wife Sara, with the
emphasis on an easy pace rather than dawn to dusk birding. To minimise
costs we decided on a package tour to the Algarve, although with hindsight
it would probably have been cheaper and more convenient to have done it
as an independent tour.
Report: Portugal, August 14-24,1998 - by Faansie Peacock.
All in all it was a good
trip, although birding wasn't my main aim. A total of 43 species were seen
in 9 days' birding, including 16 lifers.
Report: Portugal, March 20-28, 1999 - by Tom Harrison. Have
ever heard the saying in the legal field that a lawyer who represents himself
has a fool for a client? I have a corollary: When I bird alone in a different
part of the world, I am birding with an idiot. Oh, I know sometimes it
can't be helped. You're in a strange city or country with no birding contacts,
or maybe you have just a few hours to sneak off to bird. We've all done
that, and it can be great. After all, a bad day birding is better than
a good day working, right?
Report Portugal - September 1 to 15, 1999 - by Dirk Ferus. I had
teach a course at the Summer School on Differential Geometry at
the University of Coimbra, from September 3rd to 7th, and used this opportunity
to attach a week of birding.
Trip Report - hosted by John Girdley. Follow the Portugal link
on the main page to find
Portugal (Algarve and Alentejo)1999.
A report by Colin Davies. This was a family holiday based at Vilamoura
on the Algarve, from 29th May to 12th June 1999. Vilamoura is a good resort
for birders, because it is close to some of the best birding sites in southern
Portugal and has one outstanding site of its own.
Portugal (Albufeira.) May '99
A report by John Jennings. You would envy the birds seen from the apartment.
Which included Purple Heron, Purple Gallinule, Black Tern, Bar tail and
Black tail Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, and the star of the show
being a fly by from a Red
necked Nightjar. All within half a mile from where we were staying...
Portugal ( July '99) By Joan
Thompson. Following Colin Davies quick trip report from Villamoura - the
resort became the our family holiday destination. Even though it
was late July it was brilliant: