The 7th edition of the Birdwatching Festival and Nature Activities will be back in 2016.
The event that happens between 30 of September to 5 of October, in Sagres (Vila do Bispo, Algarve) is back to celebrate birds migration and nature. Hundreds of bird lovers are coming from several countries and join in the Southwest corner of Portugal and Europe to look to the sky during these six days.
The festival is focus on birds, but you can find much more related with nature tourism, culture, gastronomy, and is always an opportunity to relax and enjoy the magnificent landscape.
During these six amazing days, the participants have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, for all ages and motivations.
Among the activities related with birdwatching, we highlight the pelagic trips to watch marine birds, the ringing activities and the field trips to watch some species, typical from Sagres. It’s also planned hiking, guided and interpretive tours, short term courses,and dolphins watching. And kids were not forgotten, with special sessions for them.
The programme and the registrations for the activities are already on-line on the website of the Festival. The participants need to select the activities they are interested and send the registration, but don’t wait too long because some of them run out very fast. Some activities are free, others have a special festival price.
The event promoted by the Municipality of Vila do Bispo, with Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds and Almargem Association as partners happens in this period because it’s the high season of autumn migration, when the migratory birds leave our country towards the hot African lands. It’s also celebrated in the weekend the EuroBirdwatch all over Europe.
Sagres is a very special region. Not only is the landscape that surrounds it spectacular, but its biological heritage is unique in Europe. Here we can find a large diversity of habitats: impressive sea cliffs, coastal maquis, farmlands, woodland, sand dunes and the sea itself, between them supporting hundreds of species of fauna and flora. Of particular interest is the number of endemic flora species, the possibility to watch cetaceans and, of course, different species of birds, not only raptors but also passerines and seabirds. It is the birds that are the main attraction of this festival and therefore the programme of activities focuses mostly around them. The event aims to attract participants with differing tastes, expectations and knowledge, making it ideal for families, students, nature lovers and birdwatchers of all levels of experience.
From August to November, this area becomes the country's major migratory corridor for storks, eagles, vultures, hawks and falcons where it is possible to observe almost all of the species of these birds that occur regularly in Portugal, as well as some rarities.
As well as soaring raptors and storks, Sagres is a great place to watch other birds, including many seabirds, steppe species and passerines. Amongst the seabirds, particularly notable is the passage of thousands of Gannets and hundreds of petrels, Cory's Shearwaters) and Balearic Shearwaters. Great Skuas are also commonly seen.
In the words of Adelino Soares, the President of Vila do Bispo Municipality, "the event has been contributing to consolidate Vila do Bispo as an important destination for nature tourism, attracting more and more national and foreign visitors. The investment in this initiative, which takes place in low season, has a positive effect in the remaining months of the year, with tourists to return and take advantage of the services of local businesses partner of the Festival. "
Find more information at:
- https://www.visitportugal.com/Sagres Birdwatching Festival
- https://www.visitportugal.com/Birds of the Algarve
- Birdwatching Algarve Brochure
Resource: ATA - Algarve Promotion Bureau