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Birdwatching in the Eastern Algarve

Birdwatching in the Castro Marim Marshland Nature Reserve and the Ria Formosa

Watch rare birds in the Ria Formosa and in the Castro Marim Marshland Nature Reserve just a few kilometres from OZADI TAVIRA HOTEL. Unique species and signposted footpaths await organised groups or individuals hoping to spot the rarest birds to capture on photo. On demand, the hotel will book with a specialised birdwatching guide and equipment, promising you an unforgettable experience in the Eastern Algarve. 


The Castro Marim Marshland Nature Reserve

The guides affirm that there are birdwatching itineraries through the Castro Marim Marshland Nature Reserve that allow you to see over 60 species of birds in a single day. This is because: 

– The region is one of the ten most important wetland areas for birds in Portugal

– Over 200 species can be seen here over the year

– The reserve is home to a great many species found nowhere else in Portugal, as well as rare and even some threatened species

– Many birds nest here, including a number of waders such as pied avocets, stone curlews, black-winged stilts and little bustards 


As a matter of interest, and for those in the know, here are some of the many species you may see here: Spectacled Warbler, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Montagu's Harrier, Greater Flamingo, Spoonbill, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-necked Grebe, Caspian Tern and Slender-billed Gull.  


A number of companies offer programmes and itineraries in this part of the Algarve, including:

Lands - Turismo na Natureza |

Birds and Nature |

Algarve Birdwatching |

SPEA - Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves |

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