Welcome to the REGUA website!

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA) is a Brazilian non-profit non-governmental organisation conserving the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) of Rio de Janeiro state’s upper Guapiaçu river basin, through:

  • Protecting the Atlantic Forest by way of land acquisition and management agreements
  • Integrating the protection of the Atlantic Forest with the needs of the local community
  • Restoring damaged habitats using local resources
  • Conducting bio-inventories of the fauna and flora present
  • Encouraging and supporting scientific research
  • Encouraging people to visit REGUA and support our work

This film, narrated by Michael Palin, was produced for REGUA by Verity White of Five Films with a soundtrack written by Matthew Sheeran. Watch in HD »


How you can help 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! REGUA protects over 9,100 hectares of forest and has the opportunity to purchase more land, but we have to act fast as encroaching urbanisation is rapidly increasing land prices. Please support REGUA by making a donation now. Donate »


Come birding at REGUA

The Atlantic Forest is one of South America’s most biodiverse and endemic-rich biomes and offers some of the best birdwatching on Earth. Around 930 bird species are found here, with 200 found nowhere else. Over 470 bird species have been recorded at REGUA, including 13 classified as Threatened by the IUCN and 26 considered Near-threatened. More »


Visit us

Interested in natural history? Come and visit us at our high quality lodge accommodation. You’ll be staying in a beautiful location within replanted lowland Atlantic Forest at the edge of our restored wetlands, and with stunning views of the forested Serra dos Órgãos mountains. Your visit will also directly contribute towards our work saving the Atlantic Forest. More »

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Somos uma família de Uberlândia - MG. Meu marido é Prof. da UFU, minha filha 20 anos estuda Ciências Biológicas (sétimo período), gostaríamos de conhecer a reserva, na segunda semana de agosto. Seria possível? ... See MoreSee Less

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Frilled Coquette - "Topethinho - vermelho" - Lophornis magnificus ... See MoreSee Less

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Maroon - bellied Parakeet - "Tiriba - de - testa - vermelha" - Pyrrhua frontalis. ... See MoreSee Less

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Once again our star bird guide Adilei Carvalho da Cunha pulled out some amazing views of the Giant Snipe just when the group were giving up! ... See MoreSee Less

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Nicholas being interviewed by Central Chinese TV this afternoon ... See MoreSee Less

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Nicholas, Raquel, Jorge and myself have just been filmed for Central Chinese TV English Channel - a piece on reforestation and the Brazilian Governments new targets to restore 12m hectares of deforested land by 2030. ... See MoreSee Less

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Only 42 days to go until the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland. Please come and visit us in marquee 1, stand 28 to find out all the latest news from the reserve. ... See MoreSee Less

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Watch this inspirational fund raising event organised by our supporters the World Land Trust. Naturalist and presenter Steve Backshall and fellow paddler George Barnicoat kayaked 125 miles from Devizes to Westminster - the longest non-stop canoe race in the world!

Steve and George raised funds for REGUA's supporters the World Land Trust to buy and protect a section of Colombian rainforest. You can watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kZTrDGg3rE&feature=youtu.be
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