Because the Algarve is the region with the biggest recorded number and diversity of bird species , we propose to the lovers or to the simply curious, some memorable rides between salt and fresh water lagoons of the Ria Formosa. Some species of migratory birds can only be seen here, due to the variety of natural landscapes, allied to the already privileged geographical location.
The Ria Formosa and the Sapal of Castro Marim (the first nature reserve created in Portugal, 1975), two of the most important wetlands in the country are "at our doorstep". Be sure to visit and support RIAS, an association that cares for all sorts of fauna from Ria Formosa at the Interpretation Center in Quinta do Marim.
Then the peninsula of Sagres has the main migratory corridor for birds of prey in Portugal, where annually several thousands come by, with over 20 different species, including eagles, falcons and vultures. Finally, the Ria de Alvor and Lagoa dos Salgados which have been, for several years, a priority place of intervention by the SPEA and BirdLife International.
Annually here one can observe over 250 species (total 386 have been already observed) between residents, breeding, wintering or migratory passage. Loons, ducks, birds of prey, waders, passerines. Algarve stands out on a national level, as the region where every year takes place the largest number of rare bird observations.