A photo tour will be held on July 10th at 10 a.m. and will be guided by Fernando Romão, an experienced guide of Wildlife Portugal, a gifted nature photographer and a deep connaisseur of the Great Côa Valley. An unique opportunity to experience the sheer beauty of the surrounding region! A true oasis of wildlife.
Formerly known as Quinta de Santa Margarida, Paul de Toirões, 18 minutes away from the village Malhada Sorda, in Almeida, is the most recent area to be managed by Rewilding Portugal. Once a mining operation, now ceased almost a decade ago, it has one of the largest areas of water in the entire Côa Valley, and unlike what happens in dams and reservoirs in the region, this water is distributed in a wide variety of environments such as ponds, channels, permanent and temporary ponds, interconnected by seasonally flooded wetlands and full of aquatic and riparian vegetation growing on the former mining areas of tungsten and aggregates.
Around all this water, a young but extensive forest occupies the flat ground, composed mainly of black oak, holm oak (Quercus rotundifolia), Pyrenean Oak (Quercus pyrenaica) and cypress. This area is already of great importance for biodiversity, with rich communities of aquatic flora and fauna, including the beautiful stripe-necked terrapin and the black stork, which regularly feed and take refuge here.
Tickets cost €17 for adults and 12€ for under 18 years-old and they can be purchased here.