Lagoas de Pedra Badejo

Island Santiago  >  Cape Verde

The Lagoas de Pedra Badejo consist of two lagoons (IBAs) on the east coast of Santiago.

Added* by Herbert Bödendorfer
Most recent update 14 March 2023
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The Pedra Badejo lagoons are a 666-hectare wetland comprising two coastal lagoons at the estuaries of the rivers Ribeira dos Picos and Ribeira Seca, and the entire basin of the latter, including the reservoir Barragem de Poilão. The lagoons are of great ecological value for birds as they contain fresh or only slightly brackish water. The lagoons, which hold water all year, lie at the mouth of three seasonal watercourses which, when in flood during the wet season, deposit large amounts of mud and debris in the lagoons, making them attractive to water birds such as waders and herons. The site also supports a population of endangered Cape Verde Swamp Warbler and has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International.

Among the birds you can see here are wintering waders, the endemic Bourne's Purple Heron , the endemic Cape Verde Swamp Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, different herons and Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark.



Park your car in the village of Achada Igreja. Click on the P in the map to get directions. The lagoons are left and right of it. Casa Ecotec (visitor center) is the white house on the beach.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Beach , Agriculture , River , Sea , Desert


Flat , Sandy , Wet , Slippery , Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

A youth group runs a turtle protection project. In winter there are Austrian birders in the white house on the beach.


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