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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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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Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

Today Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu is hosting the UNEES conference - ´University meets private sector for sustainability`. Delegates from Brazil, Mozambique and Germany sharing good practice on sustainability. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

As volunteers one of our favourite things has been meeting so many different visitors at REGUA. In the course of our 2 weeks we have met scientists, research students and tourists and then on Thursday last week REGUA was visited by the Rio based British Consul General, Simon Wood, along with his wife Pippa and colleague Clarissa. Nicholas and Raquel showed them around the wetland trail and up to the lodge. We enjoyed chatting with them over lunch about life in Brazil as Brits! ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteers Fiona and Colin Daborn have writing about their time at REGUA. See what they got up to in their first week on our website: (Photo by Fiona Daborn) ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

So many different forms of transport here at REGUA and as volunteers we get to try them all! We are now at the end of our second week here and have enjoyed loads of adventures. If you are thinking of volunteering - go for it! ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days 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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