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 »



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Thank you all for sharing the video of the Puma. For those who have not visited us, this is the where he lives. Come and visit us. We are only an hour and a half from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Muito obrigado por compartilharem o vídeo da Puma. Para aqueles que não nos visitaram todavia, este é o habitat onde ela vive. Estamos apenas uma hora e meia da cidade do Rio de Janeiro.
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The REGUA lodge sits on a small hill overlooking the wetlands lowland Atlantic Forest and has superb views of the surrounding mountains. The garden was numerous fruit feeders that attract fruit-eating birds, hummingbird feeders, an orchid garden and also a 'moth wall' that attracts a huge diversity of moths and other insects. The lodge tower, the belvedere, provides stunning views across the reserve and is a great place to photograph birds at eye level in the surrounding trees. The veranda is a great place to spend time relaxing and enjoying the wildlife which comes to visit and caipirinhas before dinner are not to be missed! Two marked birdwatching trails (the Wetland Trail and Forest Trail) are just located just a few minutes away. ... See MoreSee Less

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British Birdfair 2017 starts tomorrow! This the 11th year that REGUA has been at the world's largest birdwatching event, and once again our dedicated volunteers Rachel Walls, Sue Healey, Lee Dingain and Ken Sutton will be manning the stand. Come and talk birds and wildlife and grab a snack at stand 37, marquee 1. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's not only hummingbirds that visit hummingbird feeders. At REGUA, groups of Bokermann's Nectar Bats (Lonchophylla bokermanni) often visit the hummingbird feeders at the lodge at night to sip sugar water, where they can be watched at very close range. This one was photographed on 27 June 2017. (Photo by Alan Martin) ... See MoreSee Less

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