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Birdwatching in Naturtejo Geopark


 

 

If you like the contact with nature and to observe rare species of birds, allied to a region with a millenary culture and a rich historic and cultural heritage, you will love the Naturtejo Geopark.

In this region, you will have the possibility to observe a wide variety of species of Mediterranean birds, some of them among the rarest and more emblematic specimens of the Iberian Peninsula, while you’ll be driven through a rich landscape of historic memories, with an unpaired natural and cultural heritage.

The black stork, the imperial eagle, the royal eagle, the bonelli eagle, the griffin, the black vulture, the Egypt vulture, the blue thrush and the blak whetear can be seen on guided tours, by foot or by boat, among castles, typical ancient villages or profound and peaceful valleys. The Sandgrouse, black belied sandgrouse, the great bustard, the little bustard, the stone curlew, the common crane, the European roller, the greater short toed lark and the calandra lark can be found in the stepped plains of this region. In woods and hills, the visitor can observe typical Mediterranean birds like the snake eagle, the booted eagle, the bee eater, the hoopoe, the azure winged magpie, the orphean warbler, the petrel, the Spanish sparrow, the rock sparrow and the hawfinch, among others.

There are many species of birds you can observe, whether it is in the profound valleys, green plains or steeped hills.

Come meet these species and take part on one of our guided tours through history filled landscapes where traditional activities meet a varied gastronomy. An experience you cannot miss

 

 

| CASTELO BRANCO | IDANHA-A-NOVA | NISA | OLEIROS | PENAMACOR | PROENÇA-A-NOVA | VILA VELHA DE RÓDÃO |

 

3 days  | 2 nights

SteepednHills Birds

Includes:
-          2 nights of accommodation with breakfast
-          1 picnic lunch
-          Accompanied pedestrian routes, with possibility of observation of an enormous variety of Mediterranean birds, which live in these kind of habitats: Deers route (Tagus Natural Reserve), PR4 Mines route (Segura), PR1 Vultures route (Salvaterra do Extremo), PR3 Fossils route (Penha Garcia) and Torre (Termas de Monfortinho).

 

 

Between the steppe and the hills

Includes:
-        2 nights of accommodation with breakfast
-        1 picnic lunch

Accompanied pedestrian routes, with possibility of observation of an enormous variety of Mediterranean birds, in various habitats: PR5 Barrocais route (Monsanto), Torre (Termas de Monfortinho), PR1 Vultures route (Salvaterra do Extremo), Deer route (Tagus Natural Reserve) 
 

4 days | 3 nights

Birds from the Hills

 

-          3 nights of accommodation with breakfast
-          2 picnic lunches
-          1 typical product
-          Accompanied pedestrian routes, with possibility of observation of an enormous variety of Mediterranean birds: Deer route (Tagus Natural Reserve), PR4 Mines route (Segura), PR1 Vultures route (Salvaterra do Extremo), PR5 Barrocais route (Monsanto)
-          Visit to Alcantara roman bridge and Brozas in Spain

Birds from River and the Hills

Includes     

-     3 nights of accommodation with breakfas
- 1 picnic lunch
- Accompanied pedestrian routes, with possibility of observation of an enormous variety of Mediterranean birds: Deer route (Tagus Natural Reserve), PR4 Mines route (Segura), PR1 Vultures route (Salvaterra do Extremo), PR3 Fossils route, PR5 Barrocais route (Monsanto)
-          Boat tour in the Tagus river (V. V. Ródão)

 5 days | 4 nights

Birds from the steppe and hills

 -  4 nights of accommodation with breakfast
-  2 picnic lunches
- 1 meal with typical products
-  Accompanied pedestrian routes, with possibility of observation of an enormous variety of Mediterranean birds: PR4 Mines route (Segura), Torre (Termas de Monfortinho), PR1 Vultures route (Salvaterra do Extremo), PR5 Barrocais route (Monsanto), PR3 Fossils route, Aravil (Mata do Gonçalão), Idanha-a-Nova, Deer route (Tagus Natural Reserve), Alares village ruins.

 

Mediterranean birds - Birds from the steppe and hills 

Birds from the steppe and hills
-  4 nights of accommodation with breakfas
- 3 picnic lunches
- Accompanied pedestrian routes, with possibility of observation of an enormous variety of Mediterranean birds: PR4 Mines route (Segura), Torre (Termas de Monfortinho), PR1 Vultures route (Salvaterra do Extremo), PR5 Barrocais route (Monsanto), PR3 Fossils route, Aravil (Mata do Gonçalão), Deer route (Tagus Natural Reserve)
-  Visit to the Alcantara roman bridge and Brozas in Spain.

 

Walking Trails

PR5 | “Boulders Trail”


 

This route goes up to the hills of Monsanto, between granitic blocks, where the Blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius, a constant presence, can be seen from a short distance. The Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris, the Common House Martin Delichon urbica, the red rumped swallow Hirundo daurica, the Black Red

Start Phoenicurus ochruros and the Rock Bunting Emberiza cia are also a common presence. From the top of the hills we can also see birds of prey, such as the Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the short toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicos, the common buzzard buteo, the griffon vulture Gips fulvus and the rare red kite Milvus milvus, besides the common swift Apus apus and the pallid swift Apus pallidus. Going down to the S. Miguel chapel we can see the lesser spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos minor, the Hoopoe Upupa epops, the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis, the Eurasian nuthatch Sitta europaea, the hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes and the cirl bunting Emberiza cirlus.

 

 

Torre (Termas de Monfortinho)


A região da Torre, nas imediações das Termas de Monfortinho, permite-nos desfrutar de um dos habitats mais ameaçados na região e em Portugal, as áreas de (pseudo)estepe. Este habitat, cuja manutenção está totalmente dependente de actividades humanas tradicionais como a cerealicultura e a pastorícia extensivas, alberga algumas das espécies mais raras e emblemáticas da região mediterrânica como o Sisão Tetrax tetrax, o Alcaravão Burhinus oedicnemus , o elusivo Cortiçol-de-barriga-preta Pterocles orientalis, a Calhandra-realMelanocorypha calandra e a Calhandrinha Calandrella brachydactyla. Nas áreas envolventes podem ainda observar-se a Toutinegra-tomilheira Sylvia conspicillata, a Toutinegra-real Sylvia hortensis, o Cuco-rabilongo Clamator glandarius o Milhafre-preto Milvus migrans, o Bufo-pequeno Asio otus e o Noitibó-de-nuca-vermelha Caprimulgus ruficollis e as Águias calçada Hieraaetus pennatus e cobreira Circaetus gallicus, as cotovias montesina Galerida theklae e pequena Lullula arborea e a Pega-azul Cyanopica cyanus são relativamente abundantes.

 

PR1 | “Vultures Trail”


This route combines some of the best places to the observation of hill birds with an amazing landscape of the Erges valley and the Idanha plains. It begins in the village of Salvaterra through rich and ancient paths. Here we can observe the hoopoe Upupa epops, the azure winge magpie Cyanopica cyanus, the Eurasian golden oriole Oriolus oriolus, the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis,  the rock sparrow Petronia petronia, the nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos and the lesser spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos minor. Near the river’s valley we find the Black stork Ciconia nigra, the griffon vulture Gyps fulvus (with many visible nests), the Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus, the bonelli’s eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus, the booted eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the short toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus, the swallow Hirundinidae and the blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius. Near the river we can see the little ringed plover Charadrius dubius, the common king fisher Alcedo atthis and the European bee eater Merops apiaster

 

“Deers Trail”


 

In this route there is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Portugal, combining the agricultural landscapes of Idanha, and the profound valley of the Tagus. There can also be seen some of the rarest and most typical Mediterranean birds. Among them the golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos , the bonelli’s eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus and the spanish imperial eagle Aquila adalberti, the Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus, the griffon vulture Gyps fulvus and the cinereous vulture Aegypius monachus, the Black stork Ciconia nigra, the pin tailed sandgrouse Pterocles alchata, the thekla lark Galerida theklae, the blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius, the black eared wheatear Oenanthe hispanica, the black wheatear Oenanthe leucura, the orphean warbler Sylvia Hortensis, the azure winged magpie Cyanopica cyanus, the European bee eater Merops apiaster, The hoopoe Upupa epops, among other species.

 

 

PR4 | “Mines Trail”


 

This route goes through a granitic outbreak, crossed by the Erges, where there is a beautiful fluvial valley. The Black stork Ciconia nigra, the egyptian vulture Neophrom percnopterus, the griffon vulture Gyps fulvus, the common kingfisher Alcedo atthis, the Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris, the Common House Martin Delichon urbica, the red rumped swallow Hirundo daurica, the azure winged magpie Cyanopica cyanus and the spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis are regular presences across this path. You can also observe the booted eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the short toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus, the bonelli’s eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus, the black kite Milvus migrans, the orphean warbler Slyvia hortensis, the subalpine warbler Sylvia cantillans, the hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes and the elusive black wheatear Oenanthe leucura.

 

PR3 | “Fossils Trail”


This route of rare beauty goes through the village and the quartz formations. Here you can see some species of hill birds, such as the blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius, the black redstart Phoenicurus ochruros, the Rock Bunting Emberiza cia and diverse exemplars of the swallow Hirundinidae.
By the river banks fly the grey wagtail Motacilla cinérea and the sardinian warbler Sylvia melanocephala. From the castle you can see birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, the common kestrel Falco tinnunculus, the nothern goshawk Accipiter gentilis, the griffon vulture Gyps fulvus and in its surroundings exemplars of the european green woodpecker Picus viridis, the coal tit Parus ater and of the european crested tit Parus cristatus

 

Aravil (Mata do Gonçalão) to Idanha-a-Nova


 

In this route there is a great diversity of habitats typical of this region’s agriculture and forest mosaic, where a large spectrum of Mediterranean birds can be found, such as the great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius, the thekla lark Galerida theklae and the great short toed lark Calandrella brachydactyla. In open spaces you’ll find the short toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus, the booted eagle Hieraaetos pennatus, the hoopoe Upupa epops, the European bee eater Merops apiaster, the azure winged magpie Cyanopica cyanus, the eurasian golden oriole Oriolus oriolus, the spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis, the rock sparrow Petronia petronia, the orphean warbler Slyvia hortensis, the subalpine warbler Sylvia cantillans, the dartford warbler Sylvia undata and the hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothrautes, among others in forest areas or near the Aravil river, in Idanha-a-Velha. This trail ends in Idanha-a-Nova’s steeped hills, where you can observe the griffon vulture Gyps fulvus, the bonelli’s eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus, the Blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius and the eurasian eagle owl Bubo bubo.

 

Alares Village


 

The Cabeço do Alto hill is an obligatory spot, where you can observe a significant area of Idanha-a-Nova’s municipality and a part of Spain. Here you can find the spectacled warbler Sylvia conspicillata and small populations of the calandra lark Melanocorypha calandra, the black eared wheatear Oenanthe hispanica and of the eurasian stone curlew Burhinus oedicnemus. There are also birds of prey such as the cinereous vulture Aegypius monachus, the griffon vulture Gyps fulvus, the spanish imperial eagle Aquila adalberti, the golden eagle Aquila chrysaetus, the booted eagle Hieraaetus pennatus and the short toed snake eagle Circaetus gallicus. In the hilly surroundings the great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius , the woodlark Lullula arbórea, the orphean warbler Sylvia Hortensis and the spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis can also be seen.

 

 

Boat tour in the Tagus river – with possibility birds observation from the King Wamba’s Castle


The boat tour provides the opportunity to see one of the largest colonies of griffon vultures Gyps fulvus in Portugal, as well as the Black stork Ciconia nigra, the grey heron Ardea cinerea, the great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, the blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius, the black kite Milvus migrans and a large number exemplars of the Eurasian Crag Martins Ptyonoprogne rupestris, the Common House Martin Delichon urbica and the red rumped swallow Hirundo daurica. Sometimes you can also see rare exemplars of the black whetear Oenanthe leucura and during winter exemplars of the alpine accentor Prunella collaris. From king Wamba’s castle you can see griffon vultures Gyps fulvus, Black storks Ciconia nigra, bonelli’s eagles Hieraaetus fasciatus, Rueppelle Vultures, and white rumped swifts Apus caffer. 

Alcantara bridge


 

Close to this historical monument you can also see the black whetear Oenanthe leucura and the blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius, which usually lands on the bridge’s columns, and a high number of exemplars of the Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris, the red rumped swallow Hirundo daurica and of the Common House Martin Delichon urbica. The white stork Ciconia ciconia and the lester kestrel Falco naumanni also nest in the village’s towers. The black kite Milvus migrans and the booted eagle Hieraaetus pennatus are regular presences.

 

 

Visit to Brozas


With great possibility of observing diverse species of steppe birds, near the roadway between Brozas and Alcantara we can easily find, during spring, the colorful european roller Coracias garrulus, the black kite Milvus migrans, the red kite Milvus milvus and the common raven Corvus corax. Near the Alcantara dam we can also see some aquatic birds such as the little grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis, the great crested grebe Podiceps cristatus, the Black stork Ciconia nigra and some different species of ducks. During winter the common crane Grus grus is a frequent presence. In the Broza’s dam there are also exemplars of the grebe Podicipedidae, the red crested pochard Netta rufina, the gadwall Anas strepera, the northern shoveler Anas clypeata, the Black stork Ciconia nigra and a high number of eurasian coots Fulica atra. From here we can follow the road to Aliseda, where you can easily observe the lester kestrel Falco naumanni and where this species nests. Right ahead, in the cereal plains we can find throughout the year, the great bustard Otis tarda, the little bustard Tetrax tetrax, the black bellied sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis, the pin tailed sandgrouse Pterocles alchata, the eurasian stone curlew Burhinus oedicnemus and the calandra lark Melanocorypha calandra. During winter there are many exemplars of the common crane Grus grus, the northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus, the european golden plover Pluvialis apricaria and of the red kite Milvus milvus. During Spring, the european roller Coracias garrulus and the great short toed lark Carandrela brachydactyla also appear.

 


 

 

Notes:

-          The price is set per person in a double room replica orologi di lusso

-          These programs are referent to programs with accommodation and breakfast included

-          These programs include what’s mentioned above and may be susceptible to the availability of the services mentioned

-          These programs may be complemented by the Naturtejo offer

-          Minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 16

-          It is advised the use of comfortable shoes and clothing. Colorful or white clothes should be avoided

-          All the programs include guide and personal insurance

-          The use of binoculars or telescope with tripod is advised

-          These prices are not valid during holidays

-          For more information and special conditions contact Naturtejo, E.I.M. 

 

 


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