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Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2023

5 October 2023 - 8 October 2023

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The Sagres Birdwatching Festival is set to return on 5 to 8 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 and talks, 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 opportunities for you to discover that the Algarve is much more than beaches.

Sagres Birdwatching

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.

Sagres Birdwatching Festival

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 Common Redstart.

Programme for Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2023

Details can be found here from August with registration in September.

The festival is organised by Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo, in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds and Associação Almargem.

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5 October 2023
8 October 2023



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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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