In Portugal there is a set of about 51 important bird areas (IBA’s) * which are great places for bird watching, among which we highlight, in our region, the Tagus estuary, the Lagoa de Albufeira, the Espichel cable, the Sado estuary and the Murta water reservoir.
The Sado Estuary is regularly visited by about 70,000 waterfowl, wintering and nesting birds, belonging to a great diversity of species, some of which came from Northern European countries.
In their migration routes, they find here the food and the tranquility that they need.
Birdwatching can be done by land or by river, allowing, the latter case, access to places completely inaccessible by land, which concentrates thousands of different species of aquatic birds, including ducks, waders, herons, flamingos, among others.
The great diversity of birds in different seasons (can be seen here all the species occurring in Portugal), is linked to the great diversity of biotopes, among which are the marshes, the salt and the rice fields, which are areas important for feeding a large number of species.
The white stork, a species protected under the Berne Convention, which here has one of the main centers in Portugal, and the flamingos that here are a preferred area for wintering, are two of the most emblematic species, highlighting even the ducks, waders (pied avocets, blackwinged stilts, godwits, dunlins, ringed plovers, grey plovers, etc) besides hundreds of cormorants, herons, ibis and spoonbills, and some preys which, by their diversity and abundance, give the Sado a great importance from the standpoint of bird.
The Sado Estuary is a venue of great interest to ornithologists and bird watchers that, using our boats, or travel by land, they can study and observe in their natural environment throughout this rich heritage that makes this region one of the most important natural areas in Europe.