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 Roller, Calandra 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 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.
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 HabitatGrassland, Steppe, Agriculture
ConditionsFlat, Dry, Open landscape, High water possible, No shadow
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn, Winter
Best time to visitSpring
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
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