This spot is located 30 km north of Porto on the northern riverside of Ave estuary, where on low tide some mudflats become accessible for birds to forage. There is a nearby dock where gulls congregate. There (and looking from there to the southern river side), it's possible to spot Yellow-legged Gull (all year around) but it particularly pays off to keep and eye on gulls during winter since it's possible to find Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. On the mudflats it's easy to spot Ruddy Turnstone and Common Sandpiper. During migration the mudflats serve as a stopover site for waders and it's possible to spot Eurasian Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Black-tailed Godwit. On the trees and garden spaces its possible to find Blackbird, European Robin, European Goldfinch, Blackcap, Great Tit, European Serin and Crested Lark, to name just a few.
This area is accessible by car, bike or simply by walking. The easiest way to get to Vila do Conde is using a car or, even better, public transport. If you're driving, you can park your car on the places plotted on the map, if you're travelling by metro/bus this place is within walking distance. The best way to explore the area is by walking or riding a bike. The route displayed on the map is about 2 km one way.
Terrain and HabitatCity/village , River
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter , Spring migration , Autumn migration
RoutePaved road , Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
This spot is particularly good on low tide/rising tide. So it could pay off to plan accordingly.