Bird Watching & Ringing
It is open to visitors on Thursday forenoons only. Entry is free but as “A Rocha” is a charity, donations are welcome.
You take a train to Mexilhoeira Grande, cross the lines and the centre is a 15 min. walk from the station.
The birds you see obviously vary with the season, but you get a close-up view of them being ringed and checked before they are released – like the Goldcrest in the photo.
If you would like to learn more about A Rocha and their work, and perhaps help to preserve this beautiful and fragile area. Their website is well worth a look.
After visiting the centre, you can stroll down to the estuary where there are always lots of waders and other migratory birds. If feeling energetic, you can continue on a circular route, around the old salt pans, back to the station.
There are a number of people/organisations that offer birding tours:
It is very attractively laid out with lots of birds and a big collection of primates – but no, they don’t allow you to trade-in your grand-children!
Entry is about €12 – but discount vouchers are often available around the town and in Tourist Magazines.