The Special Protected Zone of Paul do Taipal, located on the plateau of Lower Mondego River in the council of Montemor-o-Velho, between Figueira da Foz and Coimbra, is a 233-ha wetland, divided in two different areas: a swampy area and an involving agricultural area.
The marshy area is inhabited by reeds, bulrushes, alders, ash-trees, poplars, water lilies, and chickweed, whereas the surrounding area is occupied by irrigated and rainfed tree crops.
The Taipal can be seen all year round and among the most frequent species it is worth highlighting: red heron, purple heron, spoonbill, cayman, curlew, teal, black ibis, mallard duck, great egret, Northern goshawk, booted eagle, reed weasel, nightingale, among others.
There are also birds, such as: the common pelican and the yellow-billed warbler but we rarely find them.
A true sanctuary of fauna and flora to discover!