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waterfront route


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city of faro waterfront route


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Faro's waterfront borders north and east with an area considered as one of the most important wetlands for birds in Portugal – the Ria Formosa. For that reason, it was the country's first natural reserve, created in 1975. Throughout the year it harbors more than 200 bird species that pass, rest, nest or stay for the winter. Some of those species are quite rare or endangered. The proposed route is approximately 1h30m and, according to the time of year, allows you to observe some of the following listed species.


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most interesting species Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis


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Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia


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Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus


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Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapónica


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Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus


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most common species White Stork Ciconia Ciconia


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Lesser Black - Backed Gull Larus Fuscos


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other species Little Egret Egretta garzetta Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Grey Heron Ardea cinérea Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus


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Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Turnstone Arenaria interpres Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Eurasian Kingfisher Alcedo atthis


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route map Staging points for bird watching Birdwatching Itinerary – 1st stage (approx. 4,5km)


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All images were taken from Wikimedia Commons website where they are made available by their authors under license GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation and Creative Commons AttributionShare Alike 3.0 Unported license. Images can be found at: lPlatalea leucorodia lHaematopus ostralegus lLimosa lapónica lPodiceps nigricollis lCiconia ciconia lLarus fuscus lPhoenicopterus roseus lEgretta garzetta lArdea cinérea lCircus aeruginosus lPluvialis squatarola lCharadrius hiaticula lCharadrius alexandrinus lNumenius phaeopus lLimosa limosa lActitis hypoleucos lArenaria interpres lSterna sandvicensis lAlcedo atthis


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recommendations Whenever using tourism services providers make sure they are fully licensed and dully authorized to operate in protected areas. Favor local companies for activities such as Bird watching hence contributing for the development of local economies. If you find an injured bird, contact the following authorities: GNR/SEPNA (Lisbon): Tel. (+351) 217 503 080 SOS Ambiente (Environment): Tel. (+351) 808 200 520 RIAS (Centro de Recuperação de Aves da Ria Formosa / Formosa Estuary Bird Recovery Centre): Tel. (+351) 927 659 313 In the event of fire dial 117 In case of emergency dial 112 DO NOT TOUCH NESTS DO NOT LITTER NO LOUD NOISES



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