Faia Brava Reserve
PRIVATE PROTECTED AREA
Faia Brava Reserve, photo by Fernando Romão
Location: Municipalities of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and Pinhel, Guarda District
Size: 850 ha
Owner and manager: Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN), non-governmental organization
The Faia Brava Reserve is encased between the Marofa mountains and Douro vineyards, at the deep gorge of the Côa valley. The granite slopes that dominate the landscape where the origin of the Reserve's name (Faia means cliff, locally), and are idyllic places for cliff breeding birds. Griffon and Egyptian vulture, Bonelli's and golden eagle are some of the species that make Faia Brava such an interesting site for wildlife.
Fauna of the Faia Brava Reserve, photod by João Cosme, Erik Menkveld, Erik Menkveld and Fernando Romão
SMany reasons make this reserve a unique place: it is inserted at the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley (World Heritage by UNESCO) and two archaeological sites with carvings and paintings are identified; it is a Special Protection Area (SPA) of Natura 2000 network; is considered an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International and it is part of a Forest Intervention Zone, the biggest area of cork oak at Guarda's district. In 2010, The Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Conservation and Forest Governmental Institute (ICNF) as Protected Area, the first in Portugal managed by a private organization.
Covered with woods of cork and holm oak, shaded by deep cliffs where big raptors fly and wild herds of horses and cows run freely, at the Faia Brava Reserve nature is the most important value.
As a conservation action, Associação Transumância e Natureza (owner and manager of the Faia Brava Reserve), built a Feeding Station for Scavenger Birds where a photographic hide was placed. During the breeding season it is possible to stay inside the hide (20 meters from the feeding place) and enjoy one of the most amazing scenes of wildlife.
Vulture feeding station, Staffan Widstrand, Wild Wonders of Europe | Rewilding Europe (1 and 3), Fernando Romão (2)
As the Grand Route crosses Faia Brava , one has the chance to camp at the Reserve and to ask for a guided tour:
- Guided walks;
- 4 WD tours;
- Vulture hide;
- 24 hours at Faia Brava (includes camping).
Contacts of Associação Transumância e Natureza (owner and manager):
Tel./phone/FAX: +351 271 311 202
Headquarters: Rua Pedro Jacques de Magalhães
6440-111 Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo - Portugal
South entrance, photo by Eduardo Realinho
Information and photos by ATN.
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