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Rocha Delicada Trail

The trail starts at the railway station, where there is an information panel. Crossing the railway line, the trail continues to the left to Espargueira, passing through saltmarsh landscapes. In this habitat there are various interesting plant communities and a diversity of species associated with high, mid and low saltmarsh zones. Many of the aquatic birds of the Ria de Alvor can also be seen here. After climbing to Quinta da Rocha, the trail begins the return leg to the starting point. It passes through farmland, including vineyards, cereal fields and cattle pastures, along with some rainfed orchards (almond, fig and citrus trees). After passing the headquarters of the “A Rocha” Association it enters an area of pine forest and Mediterranean scrub forest.

This diversity of landscapes that this trail passes through in a relatively short distance gives rise to a high degree of biodiversity, particularly birdlife, which varies considerably throughout the year. In winter and autumn during migrations, there are large numbers of waders and passerines to be seen. Raptors can also be observed, most of them in passage through the Ria de Alvor, with species such as the peregrine falcon, common kestrel or little owl relatively common.

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