LAGOA DOS SALGADOS: A GREAT PLACE FOR BIRDWATCHING ENTHUSIASTS.
The Salgados Lagoon, in the Algarve, is on the national list of Important Bird Areas and one of the wetlands most sought after by nature lovers to spot birds. On this body of water, separated from the Atlantic by a line of dunes, more than 200 species have been recorded. It is a major nesting area for birds such as the ferruginous duck, western swamphen, little bittern and pied avocet.
TRAILS TO ENJOY ON FOOT OR BY BIKE
A stone’s throw from the Vidamar Resort Algarve, near the Praia Grande beach to the south, a wooden walkway serves as a route along which you can set out on foot or by bike to discover the abundant birdlife in these unique wetlands. The circuit takes between two and three hours and makes for a lovely outing, above all at the end of the day, when the light is ideal for birdwatching.
AT THE LAGOA DOS SALGADOS YOU CAN SPOT BIRDS ALL YEAR ROUND
Species such as the western swamphen and the little owl may be seen here in all seasons. The greater flamingo is another popular local resident in autumn, winter and spring. The squacco heron, glossy ibis, ruff, Caspian tern and bluethroat inhabit these wetlands in autumn and winter. In the spring and summer you can see purple heron, short-toed lark and Alpine swift.
The Salgados Lagoon is also said to be the best place in the Algarve to spot garganey and other rare birds.
OTHER UNMISSABLE BIRDWATCHING AREAS
A Natural Park and Special Protection Area for birdlife where you can find a great range of seabirds, birds of prey and steppe birds (present in uplands). Some species are year-round residents, such as the red-billed chough and peregrine falcon. It is also an important stop for migrants such as the black stork, do Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture and Iberian imperial eagle, among others.
Ria de Alvor
Classed as a Site of Conservation Interest, this estuary has regular inhabitants such as the stone-curlew and black-winged stilt. Migrants using the saltmarshes here as a staging post include flamingoes and spoonbills.
A Natural Park and Special Protection Area for birdlife that is considered to be the country’s third most important wetland, this large area of lagoons extends for some 60 kilometres of saltmarsh, salt pans and waterways. It is home to thousands of waterbirds, including herons, flamingoes, little terns, ospreys and red-crested pochards.
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