Portugal Wildlife

An Illustrated Wildlife Biodiversity Catalogue for a

40 Hectare (100 Acre) private Nature Reserve in

Baixo Alentejo, Southern Portugal

Quick Links to main webpages:

Birds Mammals




Trees Dragonflies




Hide Pond Windmill Pond

Spring Watch

Nesting 2018

Fungi, Lichens

Flower Meadows

October 2018:

White Stork with a Coloured leg-ring foraging at our Spring on 6th January 2018. This bird is 21 years old !

It was ringed in Portugal a distance of 12km away, on 26th May 1997. 20 Years, 7 Months and 11 Days before it was spotted at our reserve.

Number of Species Recorded on the Reserve
Birds 123
Flowers 121
Butterflies 19
Mammals 17
Dragonflies 14
Trees 8
Reptiles 7
Amphibians 4

New Species: Quite a rare autumn/winter migrant inland: Squacco Heron

September 2018: New Dragonfly Species: Lesser Emperor

Our first Endangered Species recorded on the reserve. A juvenile Egyptian Vulture !

Common Quail drinking at Windmill Pond. These birds are very difficult to see undisturbed !

August 4th 2018: 42 ℃ followed by 1mm of rain in thunderstorm with gusting wind, fed by Saharan dust. The region experienced an" Iberian Plume" over the period 3rd to 5th August. An Iberian Plume is a weather phenomenon whereby hot air from the Sahara moves into Iberia and then further North into Europe and the UK. These conditions can lead to near record-breaking temperatures as well as thunderstorms.

Well-grown Iberian Fox Cub.

Little Grebe with Four chicks, one riding on Adult's back

As opportunities arise a variety of bird songs and calls will be posted to the website, especially for species that have not yet been photographed. All such recording will be made on site on the nature reserve.

Other animals, such as frogs, may also be recorded over time and sound files loaded. The first sound file to be loaded is the song of the Common Quail on the Bird Field Guide page.

April 2018: The rainfall from 1st January 2018 to 12th April 2018 (388.5mm) was more than all the rainfall in the whole of 2017 (372.4mm).


March 2018: New Mammlal Species: Four Bats, including Greater Horseshoe Bat

2017: We have now put up official "No Hunting" signs all around the wildlife reserve's outer fenceline. So we are now an area where there is "Não Caça" (No Hunting) allowed.

Red over white "No Hunting" Sign - "Não Caça".

May 2016: See Iberian Fox Gallery for a truly astonishing sequence of photographs.


Wildlife Photographic Galleries :



Iberian Fox Gallery


Flower Meadows


Reptiles & Amphibians



Fungi, Liverworts, Mosses & Lichens

Other Wildlife

Nearby Wildlife

Other Pages :

Hide Pond

Wildlife at Windmill Pond

Spring Watch


Nesting 2018


Conservation Management

Trail Camera Equipment

Hide Pond Construction

Camera Trap Project

Bird Feeder Project

Mashatu, Botswana

Kalahari Wildlife

Catalonia Wildlife



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