This tour encompasses the two remarkable areas of Castro Verde and Mértola, and includes habitats of stunning natural beauty. Parts of the areas visited are zones of special protection, including the bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Valley Natural Park.
The unique rolling plains of Castro Verde are the most important zone in Portugal for steppe bird conservation. Species like Great Bustard, Griffon Vulture and several eagle species can be confidently expected here.
The valleys of the River Guadiana and its tributaries bordered by escarpments, bluffs and hills are partially covered by well-preserved Mediterranean scrub and give the opportunity to find bird species like Black Stork, Bee-eater and Blue Rock Thrush. Mammals in the region which are regularly seen include Red and Fallow Deer, Mouflon, Wild Boar, Iberian Hare and European Rabbit. The region is rich in other mammals which are more difficult to see (the Eurasian Otter for example) and there is no doubt that among these, the most charismatic of all, is the Iberian Lynx.
Apart from being a delight from the historical perspective, Mértola is the only Portuguese town still with a Lesser Kestrel colony.
The actual range of habitats includes open steppe land (some cultivated, some fallow), small dams and oak woods, as well as scrub and valley escarpments.
The prices quoted include guide, transport (including fuel and hotel pick up and drop off in the region), free use of optical equipment (quality binoculars) and field guides, entrance fees for entry to private or protected areas, participant’s accident insurance and VAT.
Lunch is not included, but we are happy to arrange a restaurant lunch on request.
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