Birding at REGUA

REGUA is the premier birdwatching site 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 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 »


Our visitor lodge, built for birders and people interested in natural history, is located beside our wetlands with stunning views across the reserve and easy access to a network of marked trails that can be walked with or without a guide. 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 1.5 hours away. More »

Birdwatching excursions

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 endemic Atlantic Forest birds 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, nightjars and other nocturnal birds. More »


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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 »



10 hours ago

A wonderful day exploring Regua and learning about the magnificent work done by Nick, Raquel, Thomas, and their team of staff and volunteers. There was so much to see that I didn’t use my camera very much. However, I was thrilled to see the capybara! Thank you for a great day- a privilege to see your dedication in a beautiful environment. ... See MoreSee Less

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12 hours ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

There is lots to see when volunteering at REGUA - always good to look down as well as up!
On the way back from tree planting we spotted this Jararacussa Lancehead (Bothrops jararacussa) in the photo below. The highly venomous snake was around 1.5 metres long and although it preys on frogs and small rodents, human fatalities have been recorded. Our snake appeared lethargic on this relatively cool and cloudy day and we felt safe observing from the bank.

Yesterday’s sighting was more colourful and less dangerous. At 2.5 metre long, the non-venomous Tiger Ratsnake (Spilotes pullates) is unsurprisingly black and yellow and preys on rats! The belly was a striking ‘piano key pattern’, clearly visible as it slithered off the trail and up a tree. Sadly no photo of him/her this time!
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2 days ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

A great day volunteer tree planting with the REGUA ranger team today. 700+ young trees loaded into each truck load, driven onto site then transported up the steep slope by donkey. The waiting team has already prepared the site with holes and compost so it is a very smooth operation! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

We (Fiona and Colin) are already feeling part of the team here at REGUA. It has been a fantastic first week volunteering with REGUA. As General Volunteers we have been able to get involved in a huge range of tasks from potting up seeds in the nursery to planting out trees on deforested slopes. We are learning a lot from visiting research teams and resident bird experts too. In our free time we have enjoyed exploring the trails and photographing the view from the observation tower. Can´t wait to see what this next week has in store... ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

Welcome to REGUA, Kevin, Fiona and Colin!
Kevin arrived last Saturday for a three-week bird volunteer placement. Fiona and Colin arrived yesterday for a month general volunteer placement. Their respective tasks started today: Nursery work for Fiona and Colin and guiding in the wetlands for Kevin. Hoping you all have a wonderful stay at REGUA.
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