Santo André and Sancha lagoons

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Santo André and Sancha lagoons

Santo André and Sancha lagoons

A complex of two coastal lagoons and a stretch of well-consolidated sand-dunes, on the south-west coast of Portugal, just north of the town of Sines. Both lagoons have extensive reedbeds, dry scrub, cork oak groves and pine woods.Important numbers of breeding and wintering waterbirds occur, and the site also harbours large numbers of migrating passerines during autumn migration.
Breeding birds inlude:Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Black-shoudered Kite (Elanus caeruleus), Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Baillon's crake (Porzana pusilla), and Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus).Wooded areas have breeding Red-necked nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis) and Great-spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius).(right)
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