The Natural Reserve of Paúl do Boquilobo, in Golegã

The Natural Reserve Boquilobo is between the confluence of the river Almonda and Tagus River, along the junction of the municipalities of Torres Novas and Golegã in the southeastern part of the parish of Brogueira. The reserve is a rich wetland because of its ornithological value. Willow and some variety of aquatic plants are among the outstanding features of its vegetation. In mid-July is home to a colony of several thousand herons, November and February is resting stage and power pintails, zarros, marrequinhas and duck-rabbit.


Since 1981, the Boquilobo Marsh Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World World Biosfera.1 reserve This was the first Portuguese protected area to join the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. It recognized the importance of the Reserve as a natural wetland and as a shelter place for a large number of birds as a breeding, feeding and resting the migration routes.

Has access to the reserve taking the path of Paul Bed and the road Golegã / Azinhaga.

It belonged to Henry the Navigator, following the Fernando de Castro, Mr. Paul Boquilobo and their descendants.

What to see

Interpretation Centre of Paul do Boquilobo – starting point for the pedestrian path, it may see a permanent exhibition and watch a movie on this protected area.

Observatory – from this you can recognize the different species that exist in this protected area, and the best time to do so since the fall from start to late spring.

Colony of herons – in the spring is formed an important colony of herons and spoonbills, coming partly from Africa to breed in this area. This reserve, one of the most important in the country, stands out for its breeding populations of Ardeidae and hold important
populations of ducks in winter. Despite having the presence of a number of birds during most of the year the bird take refuge within areas where the visitor, thewhich makes it quite difficult to bird watching at this location. During the summer and early autumn paul is almost dry.


Salgueiral – Frequently plant communities of this wetland, lining the main water lines.

Farmland – the fertility of alluvial land allows an intense and rendável agriculture is especially dominated by corn for grain.

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