Bathed by the Ria Formosa, Ludo is a local concentration of waterfowl by the characteristics of their habitats. Here, we are in the presence of saline areas, lake areas, marsh and reedbed. Although it can be traversed using vehicles, is preferable to use a bike or walk the walk Ludo.
Most interesting species: Spoonbill, Kentish Plover, Red-necked Nightjar, Great Reed Warbler, Azure-winged Magpie
Other species: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, White Stork, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Garganey, Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Black Kite, Osprey, Moorhen, Water Rail, Eurasian Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Knot, Common Redshank, Greenshank, Little Tern, Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler
Best season: All year. The variety of birds that can be found at this location varies throughout the year. This site is important for wintering, breeding and migrant birds. District: Faro County: Faro Where it is: To get to Ludo from Faro, just leave the city following the signs to the airport and after leaving the main N125, and turn towards the Pontal-Gambelas. Another possibility is to follow the road that runs around the Faro airport and that leads to Praia de Faro.
If you want to know other places to watch birds in this region, we suggest:
A view over ribeira de São Lourenço
Visit: Starting with the zone Gambelas / Pontal, near the airport, it is possible to visit the pine plantations which lie before Ludo farm. Birds around here include Azure-winged Magpie, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker and Red-necked Nightjar. After the pine forest lies an area of well-preserved reed beds, which hold Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Moorhen and Water Rail. Nearby, there are several salt pans and ponds and this is where the majority of waders can be found; typical species here include Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Knot and Greenshank. There are several breeding pairs of Kentish Plover and Little Tern. Close to the saltpan area lies Ribeira de São Lourenço; this is a small river where you can find some of the highest concentrations of Wigeon and Shoveler in Portugal. Other birds here include Great Crested Grebe, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Garganey and Teal. Often there are flocks of Eurasian Coots. On the banks of the river, there are large trees, which are often used as a perch by Cormorants and White Storks, along with the odd Osprey and the Black Kite.