Parque Biológico was born out of the need, in the 1970s, for a place for schools to teach children about the environment and conservation. The park is situation on the outskirts of Vila Nova de Gaia, close to the local councils of Avintes and Vilar de Andorinho.
Featuring a wealth of wildlife and plants, the Parque Biológico opened in 1983, taking in old farms and rural land. The park features a bird refuge with kingfishers, cormorants, grey herons, white herons, squacco herons, common sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, grey plovers and red knots, lots of deer, otters and lots of other animals in a forest setting.
Garden Visit says of the park, “A programme for rehabilitation of injured/orphaned wild animals was set up. Animals that can’t be rehabilitated are cared for in big and naturalized cages and may be seen by visitors through discreet hides. Nest-boxes for little birds and owls, bird tables, little ponds for amphibians, meadow areas encourage wildlife. Now the Park has a very rich biodiversity with more than 1000 wild species of animals and plants, some of them of priority conservation.”