Mute Swan (Cisne-mudo)

Scientific name: Cignus Olor

Parque da Cidade (Oporto – Portugal)

Cisne-mudo – Parque da Cidade

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name ‘mute’ derives from it being less vocal than other swan species.Measuring 125 to 170 centimetres in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob atop the bill

Iberian Wall Lizard (lagartixa-ibérica)

Scientific name: Podarcis hispanica

Parque da Cidade (Oporto – Portugal)

Lagartixa ibérica – Parque da Cidade

The Iberian Wall Lizard (Podarcis hispanica) is a small wall lizard species of the genus Podarcis averaging 50–70 mm adult snout-vent length (SVL). It is found in the Iberian peninsula, in northwestern Africa and in coastal districts in Languedoc-Roussillon in France.

In Spanish, they are commonly called lagartija and sargantana.

Lagoas de Bertiandos e S.Pedro d’Arcos (Ponte-de-Lima)

“Bertiandos and São Pedro de Arcos Lagoons Protected Landscape” is a protected landscape in Portugal. It is one of the 30 areas which are officially under protection in the country, under the Rede Natura 2000 classification.

It is a wetlands Nature Reserve with around 350 hectares, divided between Bertiandos, São Pedro de Arcos, Estorãos, Moreira do Lima, Sá and Fontão parishes of Ponte de Lima, northern Portugal.

A Paisagem Protegida das Lagoas de Bertiandos e S. Pedro d’Arcos encontra-se classificada como paisagem protegida, fazendo parte da Reserva Ecológica Nacional, incluída na Rede Natura 2000.

A reserva tem cerca de 350 hectares que se estendem pelas freguesias de Bertiandos, São Pedro de Arcos, Estorãos, Moreira do Lima, Sá e Fontão.

The “S.Pedro de Arcos lagoon” is a rare example of continental wetlands, developed in a natural depression land zone, which permanent/semi-pernament flooding. It’s feeded in one hand, through the channels that receive the water proceeding from hydrographic basin and from the traditional watering of the “Estorãos river” and, in the other hand, through the floods by the water table rising.

A Lagoa de São Pedro d’Arcos é um raro exemplo de zonas húmidas continentais que se desenvolve numa zona de depressão natural do terreno com inundação permanente/semi-permanente. É alimentada por um lado, através dos canais que recebem a água proveniente da bacia hidrográfica e do regadio tradicional o Rio Estorãos e, por outro lado, através das cheias pela subida do lençol freático.

Lagoas de Bertiandos e São Pedro D’Arcos

Location: Ponte de Lima (PORTUGAL)


Mammals – Eurasian River Otter, Squirrel, Roe deer, Beech marten, Wild boar, Common genet, Fox, Rabbit, Shrew, Mice, Vole, etc.

Birds – Grey heron, Common kingfisher, Wild duck, Woodpecker, Owl, Skylark, Stonechat and Meadow pipit, etc.

Reptiles – Salamander, Marbled newt, Ocellated lizard, Small lizard, Montpellier snake, Grass snake, etc.

Amphibians – Frog, Toad, etc.

Fish: Barbel, Trout, Eel, etc.

Mamíferos – Lontra, Esquilo, Cervo, Fuinha, Javali, Gineta, Raposa, Coelho, Musaranho, Rato, etc.

Aves – Garça, Guarda-rios, Pato-real, Pica-pau, Mocho, Cotovia, Cartaxo-comum, Petinha-dos-prados, etc.

Reptéis – Salamandra, Lagartixa, Sardão, Cobra-de-água, Cobra-rateira, Tritão-marmoreado, etc.

Anfíbios – Rã, Sapo, etc.

Fish: Barbel, Trout, Eel, etc.

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