Located in the heart the most important wetland of Portugal, the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve, EVOA – a Place for Conservation and Birdwatching allows the visitors to know and enjoy the unique heritage that we have between the Lezíra and the Tagus Estuary.
Three freshwater wetlands are integrated in EVOA, in a total of 70ha. These lagoons are very important for the birdlife, being used as refuge areas or as nesting areas. To guarantee the tranquility of the birds and to maximize your experience and comfort during the visitation there are three observatories in the lagoons, several inconspicuous viewpoints and a Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre besides from welcome the visitors, invites you to know our permanent exhibition – EVOA, Where the World Meets the Tagus – and to participate in the different activities that are complementary to birdwatching.
However the birdwatching experience begins when you enter the South Lezíria from Vila Franca de Xira: the contrast between landscapes, the relation between tradition and innovation and, of course, the variety of species that feed and take refuge in the canals, in the agricultural fields and in the Lezíria’s pasture lands. Welcoming everyone who inhabit this fascinating place.
It is possible to observe birds at EVOA all year long.
Some of the birds are resident, it means that can be observed during all year. But the mojority of our birds are migrantory.
Between november and february we receive a big amount of birds that come from Northern Europe. At this time of year we can observe thousands of birds from big diversity of species, in flight ou resting in the lagoons.
In march, april and from august to october the passage several species of migratory birds brings surprises to our lagoons every day, it can be observed peaks of diversity. However, during this months the densities of birds are not constant.
In the months of may and june we can se birds that come from Africa, some of them to reproduce in our lagoons. And thus it is possible to observe nestlings/chicks (?) of waders and ducks. However, it is unusual to observe numerous flocks because the individuals are more disperse e trying to keep themselves undetected.
- What Will You DoThe visitor will have the company and support of a specialized guide, that will accompany the pedestrian route and interpret the environment.
Includes the passage through all observatories.
Duration: 3 hours
- What To ExpectThe guide will draw to attention the sounds, the smells and presence indicators of several species of fauna, giving support with the identification of fauna and flora that can be found during the walk and in the lagoons.
- What Is Included- Guide (during 3 hours)
- Spotting scope, binoculars
- What Is Not Included- Transport