Watch this month at TV canal NatGeo Wild, the 6 episodes of the tv-series ‘Europe’s New Wild’ about Europa’s wild nature. In the second episode you will embark on a journey to the greater Coa Valley in North East Portugal, showing river gorges, oak forests, rocky heathlands and scattered fields which constitutes a spectacular mix of landscapes. You will see spectacular images of our Faia Brava park: the garrano horses, the vultures, ‘our’ maronesa cows. You will also see what it means to restore nature and to increase bio-diversity in the Coa Valley.

the missing Lynx

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TV-serie Europe’s New Wild
The beautiful documentary Europe’s New Wild will be broadcasted worldwide by NatGeo Wild. It is produced by Rewilding Europe and Off-the-Fence productions and Bonne Pioche,  tells the inspiring story to restore nature in Europe. In six episodes the TV series show the spectacular results of breath taking landscapes of Europe. With its worldwide audience, Europe’s New Wild contributes to awareness and in this way, it supports the comeback of nature and enhance the bio-diversity. The series will be broadcasted in more than 45 languages and it will reach millions of people. (click here to find out when to watch in your country)

The six episodes are:

  1. Return of the Titans, the reintroduction of European bison in Romania.
  2. The Missing Lynx and the greater Coa Valley.
  3. Saving Europe’s Bears across Italy, Croatia and Greece; bears and people find ways to live together.
  4. Europe’s Amazon in the wetlands of the Danube Delta, with incredible numbers of fish, water birds, beavers and golden jackal.
  5. The Scavengers Return, in the Rhodope mountains a battle is ongoing to revive a broken food chain.
  6. Land of Snow and Ice; iconic wildlife in Lapland

We are proud as ATNatureza
ATNatureza is the founding organization and owner of the 1100 ha Faia Brava reserve, that plays a central role in the second episode. For 20 years ATNatureza has been restoring nature in the Coa Valley. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, scientists, donors, NGO’s and governmental institutions we have been able to create Faia Brava, as a unique reserve. With reforestation, little ponds and large herbivores like the garrano horses and Maronesa bovines, we have created a rewilding landscape, a paradise for bio-diversity and a lovely journey for our visitors. In the coming years we aim to expand our nature reserve, so that roe deer will find an appropriate habitat and that the rabbit population will flourish. In this way we hope that predators like the Iberian wolf and the Iberian lynx will find enough space, food and peace in our park. Faia Brava harbors an extraordinary population of vultures and eagles and we aim that our big trees will be attractive for the return of the black vulture. But an ecosystem and bio-diversity is much more than the popular animal and bird eye-catchers; we see astonishing species of flora, insects and fauna coming back and we aim that the North-East Portuguese nature in all its variety will develop and flourish.  

day of the vulture

Photo: Paulo Martinho (DianaFalco) in the Faia Brava Reserve 

We wish to thank all persons and organizations that have been working with us in the last 20 years, for making this possible. Rewilding in the Coa Valley is also your success! We promise you to continue working on this mission.

The Board of ATNatureza:
Henk Smit, Anna Berliner, Kas Burger, Carlos Sanchez, Cassiano Monteiro, Tina Perpetuo.
Contact:  Vanda Bras (director) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you  think that our private organization ATN is doing a fantastic job, would you please support us to expand the park (nature needs more space), to increase the bio-diversity and to be able to pay for the maintenance costs? 
If you want to know more about our work at Reserva da Faia Brava, you can request information or schedule a visit via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This weekend we celebrate the International Day of the Vultures which emerged as part of the “Vulture Awareness Days” initiative. The aim of this day is to raise awareness among the international community about the conservation of vultures and their ecological importance. As these necrophagous birds, the Vultures contribute to the balance of the various ecosystems consuming dead animals, they quickly and effectively eliminate the carcasses of these animals in the field, thus preventing the spread of contagious diseases and ensuring the proper functioning of the trophic network in Nature.

In our Faia Brava Reserve there are 3 species of vultures: the griffin (Gyps fulvus), the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) and the britango (Neophron percnopterus). If you want to know more about the work done by us at Reserva da Faia Brava, you can request information or schedule a visit through the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

day of the vulture


It is with happiness that we reveal that the couple of Golden Eagles of the Faia Brava Reserve has successfully nested and the young is growing healthy. We hope that  they can be seen flying over the Reserve in the summer.

Within the scope of the monitoring program for threatened cliff breaders  birds, it was observed that the couple of Golden Eagles that nest exactly on the rocky escarpment that gives the name to the reserve “Faia Brava” is creating. Technicians of ATNatureza identify and monitor the evolution of the nests to ensure their successful reproduction.

This news fills us with happiness as it is the result of the work done over the years to manage a habitat that is favorable for the existence and reproduction of endangered species.

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Let's learn more about the Golden Eagle:

Time for observation All year.
What they eat Its diet is generalist, including a wide variety of species of mammals (especially rabbits) and birds. It also consumes corpses, both of wild animals and domestic cattle.
Where they live During the winter they sleep near the nest, at night, on rocky ledges or on trees. Uses unoccupied nests during and outside the nesting season. The male sleeps in the nest near the female that is incubating, after the birth of the young, the female sleeps on a perch nearby.
How to identify It is practically unmistakable, just being difficult to distinguish it from the rarest imperial-Iberian eagle. The wings are large and wide and the tail proportionally long, with the head projected, exhibiting the pale hue of the nape, which can range from light brown to almost white gold.
Curiosity Although golden eagles often consume game species, in particular rabbits and hares (where they are more common), the fact that each couple has large territories (around 200 km2) and that they often capture other predators, in particular small and medium carnivores , means that its impact on those populations tends to be very low.

To learn more about this and other species, book your visit to Reserva Da Faia Brava now!

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Telephone contacts:

(+351) 271 311 202

(+351) 914 678 375

(+351) 960 408 190

On the 20th anniversary of ATN, we celebrate life and nature. At this time, we also want to recognize the determination that has helped us reach this far with our mission despite difficulties and challenges. 

The dream of creating and preserving natural areas has now lasted for 20 years. We know that we still have a long way to go before all of the world's ecosystems are restored, resilient and adequately protected. 

Today more than ever, the conservation and restoration of natural areas requires work and asset management, not just regulation. It requires action by citizens, companies, social partners and research teams, with strong partnerships at local, regional, national and European level.

We need to work together! 

Our team does this every day, and for this I express my thanks to: Sílvia Lorga, Ana Nunes, Carlos Pacheco, João Neves, Marco Ferraz, Abel Coito, José Dinis and Joaquim Amador. All of them in their own way contribute something very important to ATN.

We also want to say a sincere thank you to our partners and friends. >

It has been a pleasure to share our 20 years with you.

We hope to be able to have a celebration in person with you very soon.

Vanda Bras 
Interim director

 Video Faia Brava e vale do Coa

This spring many Foals and Calves were born, they play and run strong and healthy in freedom in the Faia Brava Reserve. The late spring rains and the abundance of pasture contributed to making the birth rate of our herds in 2020 a success! Faia Brava's families of garranos and maronesa's are growing in number. .

Next month the dry summertime starts and the animals will try to break out more often from the reserve and ATN should provide water regularly. In other words the maintenance costs increase. .  

Please help us and make a donation to contribute to the maintenance of the herds in the Faia Brava reserve. Come and visit us !!!! We call upon the partners and friends of ATNatureza to pay their dues or make a contribution of 20 € (Reference: Maintenance  herds) to the account with bank details: IBAN: PT50 0007 0000 0016 5433 1132 3

Thank you for your contribution. 

young calve            herd of horses

The official reopening of the Faia Brava Reserve will take place shortly. So if you are thinking about going on holiday in Portugal, book your visit now by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Portugal invites tourists to come! 

To accomplish our mission! 20 Years Creating Spaces for Nature

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