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Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2021
October 1 - October 5
The Sagres Birdwatching Festival is set to return on 1 – 5 October. A hotspot for biodiversity, Sagres is a verdant region in the western point of the Algarve, and the main crossing point in Portugal for migratory birds, enroute to their final destination of Africa.
October will see a spectacular mass migration over the Algarve, as visitors from across the globe attend, armed with binoculars and telescopes to view the unique spectacle in the skies above, with the hope to glimpse numerous rarities such as the Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus), the Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli), The Red-Breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), the Yellow Browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) and much more.
Sagres Birdwatching Festival
The Sagres Birdwatching festival organised with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), is a celebration of nature as well as wildlife, and the programme will include nature-related activities such as nature excursions, boat trips, environmental education workshops and courses, guided tours, bird ringing and more.
From birdwatching sessions both on land and at sea to bird-ringing sessions, the Festival offers aopportunities for yous to discover that the Algarve is much more than beaches
Visitors will also be able to enjoy horse and donkey rides, boat trips to view dolphins and birds, and attend activities that focus on specialised topics from archaeology and geology to botany and marine life. To infuse a taste of Algarvian heritage into the event, there will be walks and guided tours to learn about the history of Sagres, and there will also be plenty of activities to keep the younger ones entertained.
This year the programme features a host of different activities both during the day and at night, including some webinars for the first time. Each day from 9 to 10pm you can watch “Women Saving the World” talks remotely. Other topics for webinars include Ria Formosa’s seahorses and the fight against environmental crime. There are also scientific illustration workshops.
Bird of the Year
Promoted by local partners, anyone attending the festival can take advantage of several discounts across accommodation, restaurants and shops. This year’s official poster highlights the unmistakable Black Stork (see main image).
Programme for Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2021
This year there will be 150 events in the programme. Details can be found here.
The festival is organised by Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo, in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA, BirdLife International’s partner in Portugal) and Associação Almargem.
For further information on The Algarve,
To visit the Sagres Birdwatching Festival website
Mark Bibby Jackson
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