Birding Big Year

Portugal 2021

In 2021 Vanellus will launch a new and unprecedented challenge for birdwatchers in Portugal.

Carry out a “Birding Big Year” for the participants of our activities, trying to reach the threshold of 300 species in one year.


More details of our initiative

Every month a tour (2-day tours) visiting the best spots for birdwatching in our country and specific places for some more localized species;

 Algarve, Castro Verde e Mértola, Serra da Estrela, Douro, Gerês, Aveiro, Tagus and Sado Estuaries and many other spots.

In the extension “The Big Year Special” we will try to access the largest number of rare species that are appearing in our territory.

How it works …

The idea is to create teams of 4 or 5 participants to travel together (under COVID security conditions), on dates set for scheduled trips. At least 3 teams will be formed (Faro, Lisbon, Porto).

3 modalities of payment

Big Bird (Complete package) – 2 650.00 euros – Complete package entitled to 10 trips booked + 4 “the Big year special”. Ease of payment in 3 installments.

Medium Bird (Half Package) – 1 900.00 euros – entitled to the 5 most expensive trips + 2 “The Big Year special”. Ease of payment in 3 installments.

Little Bird – price varies from case to case – Payment for individual travel, either scheduled trips or extra trips.

Includes: Travel in a 9-seater van, stays, insurance, guide and optical material.

Summary Program (subject to change).

January – Algarve Lacons

February – Tagus and Sado Estuaries + Oeiras Coast / Cascais

March – Montados do Ribatejo and Lisbon Gardens

April – Castro Verde and Mértola

May – Gerês (Planalto da Cabrela / Pitões das Junias)

June – Serra da Estrela and Douro (4-day program)

September – Tagus Estuary + Peniche Pelagic

October – Algarve (Sagres Festival)

November – Alentejo and / or Sta Luzia Dam

December – Peniche (coast) + Aveiro

Contact us

Book your tour, make a special request and ask for information by email below.


Rua Manuel Assunção Mestre, nº 22 7780-199 Castro Verde

Lisbon Office

Rua Marcelino Mesquita, Nº 11 Loja 4 Escritório 1. 2795-134 Linda-a-Velha

Leave your message

Ricardo Silva – +351 965657289
Renato Neves – +351 919015990