The Greater Côa Valley in Portugal lies nestled between the Douro river and Malcata mountains. An unprecedented, large-scale opportunity exists here today for the rewilding of this beautiful area.
In the episode ‘The Missing Lynx” of Europe’s New Wild, we embark on a journey to the Greater Côa Valley. River gorges, oak forests, rocky heathlands and scattered fields constitute a spectacular mix of landscapes within the area. Scores of unique species live here.
Rewilding Europe is working with its local partners to shape the Greater Côa Valley. Land-abandonment is turned into an opportunity to help nature recover and revitalize the area by supporting rewilding-focused enterprises that offer nature-based tourism.
Natural grazing with large herbivores has become a key natural process that facilitates species comeback and acts as a way to help prevent excessive forest fires.