THE SPLENDOR OF NATURE IN PORTUGAL
FAIA BRAVA
Nature Reserve
THE SPLENDOR OF NATURE IN PORTUGAL
FAIA BRAVA
Nature Reserve
THE SPLENDOR OF NATURE IN PORTUGAL
FAIA BRAVA
Nature Reserve
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Located in the Côa Valley, the Faia Brava park has steep slopes where craggy granite rocks emerge, ideal for cliff nesting birds. The key natural values are cliff nesting birds, cork oaks, holm oaks, riparian habitats and temporary Mediterranean ponds.

The park is near the municipalities of Pinhel and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Faia Brava is part of a Forest Intervention Zone (ZIF), where ATN and 30 other forest owners have committed to develop a joint project for sustainable management of the cork oak. It is also part of the Vale do Côa SPA (Natura 2000 Network) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, the Vale do Côa Archaeological Park, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (ICNB) as the country's first Private Protected Area and is currently also a pilot area for the European Rewilding project.

Faia Brava increasingly acts as a demonstration centre in the areas of forest protection, environmental education and ecotourism, involving the local, school and business communities.

The intention is to grow Faia Brava into a large core for wilderness. Together with various partners and private investors, ATN is working on the expansion of the reserve along the river. The goal is that large grazers can move freely along the river Côa over a distance of 10 km by 2025.

 

Nature is the most important value in the Faia Brava Reserve, 1000 hectares exclusively for nature conservation and rewilding. The natue organization ATNatureza focuses on ecological restoration through habitat enhancement for threathened animal species, forestation to create a mosaic landscape and extensive grazing by semi-wild large herbivores, also to minimize risk of wildfire. 

Located in the Côa Valley, the Faia Brava park has steep slopes where craggy granite rocks emerge, ideal for cliff nesting birds. The key natural values are cliff nesting birds, cork oaks, holm oaks, riparian habitats and temporary Mediterranean ponds.

The park is near the municipalities of Pinhel and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Faia Brava is part of a Forest Intervention Zone (ZIF), where ATN and 30 other forest owners have committed to develop a joint project for sustainable management of the cork oak. It is also part of the Vale do Côa SPA (Natura 2000 Network) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, the Vale do Côa Archaeological Park, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (ICNB) as the country's first Private Protected Area and is currently also a pilot area for the European Rewilding project.

Faia Brava increasingly acts as a demonstration centre in the areas of forest protection, environmental education and ecotourism, involving the local, school and business communities.

The intention is to grow Faia Brava into a large core for wilderness. Together with various partners and private investors, ATN is working on the expansion of the reserve along the river. The goal is that large grazers can move freely along the river Côa over a distance of 10 km by 2025.