Algarve attracts bird watchers

The Algarve is considered one of the most popular spots for lovers of bird watching and, with this in mind, the Portuguese bird protection organisation, SPEA, promoted the region at the British Bird Watching Fair in Rutland, England, from August 19 to 21.

The fair is visited annually by an average of 22,000 people and is described as a meeting point for bird lovers in the UK, one of the countries where this activity is popular.

A spokesman from SPEA said: “The Algarve is a known destination for many British bird watchers. The region has a huge diversity of habitats, from marine and forest/scrubland areas to estuaries and sand dunes, and is home to hundreds of species of fauna and flora.

“The Algarve is one of the regions with the most potential for bird watching in Portugal and is increasingly sought by enthusiasts looking to enlarge their list of bird species observed.”

According to SPEA, several visitors to the fair said that they plan to visit the Algarve between September and October and in spring 2012.

Meanwhile, from September 30 to October 2, Sagres is holding the second Algarve Bird Watching Festival.

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a large variety of activities such as field tours, pelagic birding trips, raptor counts, workshops, bird races, among others.

For more information about the event, please call 213 220 431 or 289 412 959, or email [email protected] Alternatively, visit www.birdwatchingsagres.com