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Tejo Nature Park in a Discovery

Tejo Nature Park

Tejo Nature Park in a Discovery is a 4×4 tour that explores the international stretch of the Tejo River with its main tributaries, the Aravil, Erges and P├┤nsul rivers, covering an area of almost 26,500 hectares. Between these water courses there is a plain of gentle relief, without significant elevations and where the land is covered with natural dry pastureland, with a greater or lesser density of holm-oaks, cork-oaks and some olive groves.

The Park area is very sparsely populated, with villages and towns remaining close to its boundaries.

The extensive cattle breeding and hunting areas only allow comfortable access to the water courses which establish the border (Erges and Tejo) in Salvaterra do Extremo, Segura, Alares, Malpica do Tejo and Monte Fidalgo.

Different conservation statuses attest to the importance of the natural values that make up this protected area: Parque Natural do Tejo Internacional, Geopark Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional, Special Protected Area Tejo Internacional, Erges e Ponsul, Parque Internacional Tejo-Tajo, Reserva da Biosfera Transfronteiri├ža Tejo / Tajo Internacional (UNESCO), Important Bird Area ÔÇô IBA Tejo Internacional (Birdlife International).

 

Tejo Internacional
Erges River canyon
Tejo Internacional Natural Park

Major botanical values of Tejo Nature Park

The forest cover of the park is formed mainly by Mediterranean woods of cork oaks and holm oaks. However, it is more common to find medium-sized shrubs such as the Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus) and the Turpentine tree (Pistacia terebinthus), the  Retama sphaerocarpa, Common Gum Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) and French Lavender (Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata). This botanical association, as well as the various habitats in the territory, are home to a group of plants with a distribution limited to the Iberian Peninsula, of which the following should be highlighted:

Anchusa undulata subsp. granatensis

Genista hystrix

Linaria amethystea subsp. amethystea

Linaria elegans

Linaria oblongifolia subsp. haenseleri

Iris xiphium var. lusitanica

Ranunculus ollissiponensis subsp. ollissiponensis 

Paeonia broteri

Flueggea tinctoria

Willow (Salix salviifolia)

 

On this safari, Tejo Nature Park in a Discovery, some plants may be more difficult to find due to their rarity and flowering period, spring being the most recommended time to look for them.

Linaria elegans
Anchusa undulata granatensis
Paeonia broteri

The fauna of the Tejo Nature Park

The Nature Park represents an important refuge area for several threatened bird species, such as the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), the Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), the Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), the Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), the Eagle Owl (Bubo Bubo), the Iberian Magpie (Cyanopica cooki), the Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis), the Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), the Bee-eater (Merops apiaster).

The most common mammals include the Otter (Lutra lutra), the Wildcat (Felis silvestris), the Genet (Genetta genetta), the Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) and a significant population of Red Deer (Cervus elaphus).

Also of note are the existence of amphibians such as the Mediterranean Tree-frog (Hyla meridionalis), the Iberian Ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles waltl) and the Iberian Midwife Toad (Alytes cisternasii). And of reptiles like the Iberian Pond Turtle (Mauremys leprosa), the Spiny-footed Lizard (Acanthodactylus erythrurus) and the False Smooth Snake (Macroprotodon cucullatus).

The local biodiversity is also enriched by a wide variety of insects, including several species of butterflies with Mediterranean distribution Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius), Nettle-tree Butterfly (Libythea celtis), Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines), Provence Hairstreak (Tomares ballus) and dragonflies Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita), Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii), Long Skimmer (Orthetrum tinacria).

 

Tejo Nature Park in a Discovery is a mixed tour, combining asphalt links, dirt tracks and short walks.

Black Vulture
Stripless Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis)
Faia Brava Reserve

 

Meeting point:  place to be agreed

Duration: about 5 to 6 hours

Type: on vehicle, but includes several stops for short walks

Recommended period: from September to June

 

 

FULL DAY

Till 3 persons: 195,00 ÔéČ

From 4 to 6 persons: 50,00 ÔéČ /person

 

The price of the activity includes specialized guide, transport from meeting-point, insurance.

Groups up to 6 participants. Other conditions please contact us.

Discount offer to private costumers, equal to the VAT value. For companies and other entities, must add 23% VAT.

 

 

Through the contacts available, indicating your name and cell phone contact/email.

The reservation is only guaranteed upon payment of 50% of the registration fee.

contact form

email: info@wildlifeportugal.pt

phone+351 918 068 872

 

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