Sado Estuary Natural Reserve

Nature Reserve
Record Public


This area encompasses the Sado estuary and is one of the major wetland areas of Portugal.
In the area there are the following habitats: sandy beaches, dunes, salt marshes, estuaries, watercourses, mudflats, marshes, reedbeds, floodplains, farmland with mostly rice paddies, woods and forests. In the forests the stone pine, the maritime pine and cork oak predominates, and there are also groves with alders and ashes.

Ornithological importance

In this area there is a record of 221 species. Highlight to the Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus), the Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), the Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), the Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), the Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), the Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and the Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola).

Geographic information

38.471396°, -8.745762°
0m - 36m


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