Tyto alba

"The barn owl Tyto alba is a bird closely linked to Man as it often uses manmade structures to nest and agricultural areas to feed. This close relationship is of benefit to human populations based on the barn owl's use as an aid to organic farming practices as well as its role as a sentinel species in assessing exposure and side effects of environmental pollution." in Final Report (Prof. João Rabaça) According to studies carried out in the Tagus estuary (Ponta da Erva) this area has one of the highest concentrations of this species in Europe and perhaps the world. The detailed study of this regional reality is particularly important given the continued decline in the barn owl in Europe and it is currently classified as having an unfavourable conservation status. Find out more: http: //www.labor.uevora.pt/index.php/pt/projecto-tytotagus-enquadramento

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ABC 2020

We commit ourselves to produce BETTER, with lower environmental impact, lower consumption of energy and materials, lower water consumption, lower environmental emissions, lower waste production whilst conserving land and ecosystems. We are operate in one of the most important reserves in Portugal - the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve and the Natura 2000 Special Protection Zone - and we believe that environmental sustainability is also a factor for competitiveness and value creation.

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Nest boxes to combat forest pests

The nest box that contains the Tyto alba bottle was inspired by one of many research activities that resulted from partnerships with the ICNF (Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests) and the University of Évora. One of such studies aimed to raise awareness of the bird species occurring in the forest areas and the influence of human management on their distribution and abundance, as well as on their role as natural controllers of forest pests. Between 2009 and 2011, 113 nest boxes were put in place and monitored on an annual basis, (12 for woodpeckers, 14 for treecreepers and 87 for tits). Nest boxes were set up to "enhance the growth of populations of insectivorous birds, which proved to be an effective measure in combating forest pests and diseases, with a sharp decline in both the processionary caterpillar nests in pine as well as defoliation of cork oaks." in Final Report (Prof. João Rabaça).

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Unique Ecological Wines

Companhia das Lezírias' Tyto alba wines are the exceptional result of the unique location of its vineyards surrounded by a forest, in the southern Tagus region. "Tyto alba fully expresses the terroir where it originates and what nature freely gives us"

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Adega do Catapereiro
Estrada nacional 118 Km 20
Samora Correia
+351 212 349 016
+351 263 650 600


38º 48’ 48.1’’ N
8º 52’ 53.5’’ W

Protected Vineyards

Intriguing and mysterious, the barn owl (Tyto alba) finds refuge in habitats created by the recognised sustainable agroforestry management Companhia das Lezírias. This bird, which is vital for protecting the ecological balance of our vineyards, is one of the guarantees of the commitment we have made ​​to conserving biodiversity.

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Green Project Awards 2014

Companhia das Lezírias won the 2014 edition of the Green Project Awards in the category of "Agriculture, Sea and Tourism" with the project, "Companhia das Lezírias: forest management for biodiversity" which summarises a number of working guidelines, whose main objective is to ensure the sustainability of forest management in the heathland, with particular focus on conservation and promotion of biodiversity. Tyto alba wine is associated with the values ​​embodied by this winning project and the entire management of the heathland focused on conservation and enhancement of natural assets.

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