Faia Brava’s Birds

Located in the Coa Valley, along the border of Guarda District, the Faia Brava Reserve covers about 850ha of land in the municipalities of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and Pinhel. In this sector, the steep slopes of the river are formed by granite outcroppings and cliffs, a good habitat for the cliff-breeding birds. This area is inserted in the Coa Valley SPA (Natura 2000) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, in the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Institute (ICNB) as the first private protected area of the country and is also currently a pilot area of the European project Rewilding Europe, for the creation of wild natural areas and for the development of nature tourism in Europe.

Valley of the Côa River
Côa River through Faia Brava Reserve
Cork Oak forest

The Coa Valley fauna is quite diverse, and this is the key factor for the value of this natural reserve. The most emblematic birds are the cliff-breeding ones, of which stand out:

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)
Eagle Owl (Bubo Bubo)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris)
Alpine Swift (Apus melba)
White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer)

Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae)
Iberian Magpie (Cyanopica cooki)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

Other important values:

The rock engravings and cave paintings of Faia and Lapas Cabreiras (UNESCO), traditional dovecotes, the Maronesa herd of cows and the Garrano horses in semi-wild state.


DATASHEET

Duration: 1 day.

Type: mixed (pedestrian and vehicle).

Price per person: 35,00 €

The price of the activity includes specialized guide, transport from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, optic equipment, insurance, fee for the Reserve and wildlife conservation actions.

Groups from 4 to 6 participants. Other conditions please contact us.

Must add 23% of VAT.

HOW TO REGISTER

Through the contacts available, indicating your name and cell phone contact/email.

The reservation is only guaranteed upon payment of 50% of the registration fee.


Suggestions for accommodation in the region:

Casa da Cisterna

Hospedaria do Convento

Quinta de Pero Martins

Star Camp