Come birding at REGUA

REGUA is the premier site for birding in the Atlantic Forest – one of South America’s most biodiverse and endemic-rich biomes. Of the 930 bird species found in the Atlantic Forest, over 470 have been recorded at REGUA, including 62 species Brazilian endemics, 118 species endemic to the Atlantic Forest and several species that can be considered REGUA specialities. Over 200 bird species have been recorded at our wetlands alone. More »


Stay at our lodge

Our visitor lodge, set up for people interested in natural history, is located next to our wetlands with stunning views across the reserve and easy access to a network of marked trails that can be walked with or without one our bird guides. The lodge is full board and equipped to a high standard with 10 en-suite rooms, a swimming pool, and an extensive natural history library. We also offer a transfer service to and from Rio de Janeiro located two hours away. More »

Join a birdwatching excursion

Join our birdwatching excursions from the lodge to a variety of Atlantic Forest habitats off-reserve, in search of over 100 species of birds not present at REGUA. The focus of our excursions is finding Atlantic Forest endemics including Restinga Antwren, Grey-winged Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail and Three-toed Jacamar. We also organise night-birding excursions to look for Giant Snipe, owls, potoos and other nocturnal birds. More »


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Make a donation to REGUA

With only 7% of the original forested area remaining, the Atlantic Forest of South America is one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth, but also one the most biodiverse! REGUA protects over 9,000 hectares of forest and has the opportunity to purchase more land protect more forest, but we have to act fast as encroaching urbanisation is rapidly increasing land prices. Please support REGUA by making a donation. Donate »



Trabalho de conscientização feito pelo Professor de Educação Ambiental Carlos e os Jovens Guardas durante o período de carnaval de recolher o seu lixo no balneário Guapiaçu.
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Carlos, o Professor de Educação Ambiental da REGUA, organizou uma visita à recém restaurada área de 'Pai Velho' na comunidade de Estreito. Apesar do forte calor, os Jovens Guardas estavam felizes subindo e anotando aspectos do processo de restauração, nomes de árvores e a presença de pássaros. Depois disso, uma parada no Armazém do Adilson para uns refrigerantes merecidos!

Carlos, REGUA's Environmental Education Officer, organized a visit to the newly restored 'Pai Velho' area in Estreito community. In spite of the afternoon heat, the Young Rangers were happily climbing the hill sides and noting down aspects of the restoration process, tree names and the presence of birds. After this, a stop over at the local store to have a well deserved drink!
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Flocks of Maroon-bellied Parakeets, endemic to the Atlantic Forest, are common in the lodge garden, visiting the fruit feeders daily. (Photo by Alan Martin) ... See MoreSee Less

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