Get to know the Habitat
The chaotic sea of dunes, which was progressively encroaching on the farmland, was contained and sown with pine. On the high waves of sand, the green foam of the scrub was born and the pine trees, dark and rough, sank their roots”, wrote Jaime Cortesão (1884-1960), in “Portugal, Land and Man”, describing one of the biggest ever reforestation campaigns, to which the Portuguese coastline owes its pine wood habitat.
Cereal steppe: soil that produces, habitat that takes care
Extensive and unprotected plains, flattened by time and cereal growing, with low grasses, scattered trees and shrubs. This is how the Portuguese cereal steppe, which is also called pseudo-steppe, is a characteristic habitat of the Alentejo landscape and is home to a wide range of species, in particular birds.
Riparian forest: a shelter for riverside life
Riparian forest is a characteristic habitat of the banks of permanent rivers and constitutes a transition zone between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Dense, cool, and shaded, it is home to countless forms of life and this is just the most visible part of its high ecological value.