(REGÊNCIA, FAZENDA CUPIDO & REFÚGIO, VALE NATURAL RESERVE)
BIRDWATCHING LOCATIONS AND CONTACT WITH NATURE
Linhares is a county in Espírito Santo, with just over 160,000 inhabitants (IBGE, 2015). Today, Linhares is the main northern city of ES and considered one of the most important cities for investments. In addition to its great economic potential, Linhares has much more to offer: Nature. Why? The city has a large concentration of lakes, sandbanks, preserved remnants of Atlantic Forest with bromeliads and endemic orchids. In our opinion, Linhares is one of the richest places on earth in terms of biodiversity! Linhares is rich in historical, cultural, gastronomic attractions and has great potential for ecoturism. Among these attractions are the Juparanã Lagoon Resort of Ipiranga do Pontal, the Vale Natural Reserve, the National Forest Goytacazes, the lagoon 'Lagoa Nova', Regência and much, much more!
The village Regência, at the mouth of the Doce River
Regência is a small village located at the mouth of the Doce River. Regência is a district in the city Linhares in Espírito Santo, Brazil. The region has recently been suffering from the environmental tragedy caused by the disruption of the Samarco mining dam. Nevertheless, it is a region worth visiting for its wide variety of shorebirds. With your visit, you will be contributing to the maintenance of the local economy, severely affected by the tragedy.
The dirt road to the village is characterized by pastures on both sides, with small shrubs growing here and there. Regência is not only famous for its birds that inhabit the beaches. Its main attraction are the waves, perfect for surfing, the Festa de Caboclo Bernardo, meeting of congo bands from all of Espírito Santo, the traditional Festa dos Pescadores de Regência and the TAMAR Project.
FAZENDA CUPIDO & REFÚGIO
Private reserve respecting wildlife and biodiversity, home of the red-billed curassow
The Fazenda Cupido & Refúgio is a protected area with 180 hectares, that din't need to become a conservation unit in order to preserve its biodiversity. More than 60% of the area consist of Atlantic Forests. At the Fazenda work is done in a sustainable way. Its main products are cocoa, rubber trees and other fruit trees. Its lush vegetation and rich wildlife allow the fazenda to practice ecoturism. Many of the species that can be found here are threatened by extinction, like the red-billed curassow, the harpy eagle, the jaguar and the lowland tapir.
VALE NATURAL RESERVE
The Vale Natural Reserve is not protected by environmental law, therefore, it is not considered a conservation unit. However,the area is being protected by the Vale Company.
The Vale Natural Reserve is one of Brazil's largest areas of protected Atlantic Forest. It has 23 hectares and was founded in 1955 by acquiring various small private properties. In 2008, the UNESCO granted the title Biosphere Reserve of the Atlantic Forest, because of its importance for the conservation of fauna and flora. Since the start of its operations, the reserve has cataloged thousands of plant and animal species, with birds representing about 20% Brazil's overall bird species, a prime destination for birdwatching. Another highlight are the big cat species. It is the home of Espírito Santo's last wild jaguars, which are being studied by the Feline Project, an initiative that plays an important role in the conservation of jaguars.
*PICTURES TAKEN ON SITE*
(see complete list of occurrence on the specific observation pages)
HOW TO GET THERE
HOW TO GET THERE BY PLANE
The closest airport is Eurico de Aguiar Salles, in Vitória. The distance between Linhares and Vitória is about 140 km. Taking the bus or car is necessary to reach the city.
Airport Eurico de Aguiar Salles
Address: Av. Fernando Ferrari, 3800 - Goiabeiras, Vitória - ES, 29075-920.
HOW TO GET THERE BY BUS
From Vitória - ES: There are specialised bus companies for busses to Linhares. Buses leave from the main bus terminal in Vitória every day (check timetables).
From Rio de Janeiro - RJ and São Paulo - SP: There are bus companies offering routes that pass through Linhares, leaving from Rio and São Paulo.
HOW TO GET THERE BY CAR
To get to Linhares you have to take the highway BR - 101 North.
WHERE TO STAY
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(Institutions and/or people who helped put together this site)
Leonardo Merçon - Wildlife Photographer and President of the Instituto Últimos Refúgios.
Isabela Gava Rosseto - Graduated in Environmental Engineering - Multivix.
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