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Vale Gonçalinho

Beja  >  Portugal

The plains around Entradas offer good chances to spot most of the iconic steppe-land birds, such as Little Bustard and European Roller.

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Description

This spot is located in the core of Castro Verde Special Protection Area, a treeless, man-made landscape, somehow resembling the true Russian Steppe, and home to a set of bird species that strictly depend on this habitat to thrive.

During early spring along, the walking trail, you can easly spot Lesser Kestrel, European RollerCalandra Lark and  Little Bustard. Black-bellied Sandgrouse can be found around the track, keep an eye for birds flying just over the horizon. Montagu's Harrier and Spanish Eagle are also possible. On spring and early summer pay attention to ground dwelling passerines such as Greater Short-toed Lark and Tawny Pipit.

During winter its possible to spot flocks of Northern Lapwing and European Golden-Plover, as well as large flocks of Eurasian Skylark. It's also possible to see Merlin chasing small passerines.

Almost every rock piles scattered around this area is occupied by a Little Owl, all year around.

Details

Access

This area is acessible by car, bike or simple by walking. The easiest way to get here, is to travel from Castro Verde, and take the old road (parallel to IP2) towards the village of Entradas (to the north). Keep following the road till you reach an intersection where a Great Bustard silhouette is placed. There is a parking place near the local Environmental Centre, by the end of the road. You can explore the area by walking the marked trail. You can get more details from the LPN (League for the protection of Nature) staff.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland, Steppe, Agriculture

Conditions

Flat, Dry, Open landscape, High water possible, No shadow

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

Since this is private land you're advised to stay on the marked trail, and close every gate you cross.

On hot spring/summer days bring water, and avoid the hottest hours of the day (birds won't much active anyway).

Motorhomes are not allowed to spend the night (there are specific places in Castro Verde for that purpose).

More info here. https://www.lpn.pt/en

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