We moved in 2008 to Santiago do Cacem in Portugal and I recently found out that the Santo André and Sancha Lagoon is an ecological protected reserve with an abundance of birds. I found on the web that there are 246 different birds to be seen.
Quote" On the 21st November 2008, the "Live to Protect" group from 12º A and their Project teacher, Ana Diniz, attended a meeting about the Natural Reserve of Sto. André and Sancha Lagoon and the Coastwatch Project. The session took place at Poeta Al Berto Secondary School, in Sines, and aimed at gathering information about the reserve, as well as at preparing the students' participation in the forthcoming activity of weeping-willow removal and estorno cultivation.
First, Ana Vidal, the architect, and Carla Correia, who is responsible for the Environmental Education Department at the Natural Reserve of Sto. André and Sancha Lagoons, informed us about the themes that would be discussed. The location of the Reserve was briefly highlighted on the map; Sines is a privileged city, because of its protected area in the north, the Natural Reserve of Sto. André and Sancha Lagoons, and in the south, the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.
After that, Ana Vidal explained us the symbol of the reserve - a little caniços nightingale, which is a bird that lives in the middle of reeds, which serve as a shelter for many of them. There are at least 246 species of birds in the reserve and this small nightingale is one of the richest species in the reserve, therefore it was chosen to be their logo.
My question is, has anybody visited this reserve yet?
My first visit will be this week for sure because it is only 10 kms away. It seems that the Purple Swamphen is resident there and you can see the Black Stork, Black Ibis and Flamimgos among others.