The Dunes Natural Reserve of São Jacinto was created on March 6 th , 1979 covering an area of 666 ha. lying at the tip of the peninsula that extends from Ovar to São Jacinto. In the west has the Atlantic Ocean and in the east has the Ria de Aveiro. It is a coastal area with beach, fixed and mobile dunes, maritime pine forest planted between 1908 and 1929 to protect the interior from the advance of sand under the action of the wind, and freshwater marshes, a place of passage or wintering for migratory waterbirds.
This freshwater place, called Pateira, is a pond of about 8 ha. artificially created in the 80 in order to create a place of refuge for aquatic birds, also provide a nesting place for certain species. Especially during the winter it is a resting place for many waterfowl that migrate from nothern Europe to save themselves from the rigors of the season.
Among others can be seen Common Teal (Anas crecca), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra), etc. The Dunes Natural Reserve of S. Jacinto is fundamentally one of the best well preserved sand dunes in our coast. The reserve allows the realization of guided tours by appointment having the disposal for visitors Interpretative Trails, Interpretation Center and Welcome Center.
Sometimes the quietness of the Pateira is interrupted by the passage of a Northern Goshawk and, the confusion is installed with the ducks flying distressed trying to escape the clutches of the predator. This attempt to capture a duck through various trials and, if not successful, returns into the woods. After a few minutes, everything returns to calm down and we can hear again the ducks quacking relaxed. In the photo the surveillance of a Common Teal after an unsuccessful foray of a Northern Goshawk.
Local: RNDSJ em Janeiro 2011