Algarve promotes itself to British birdwatchers

Birdwatching hotspots in the Algarve were promoted at the British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland (England) from August 16 to 19.

Members of the Algarve Tourism Association (ATA), in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), informed visitors to the fair of the region’s birdwatching highlights. Domingos Leitão from SPEA addressed the British audience during a lecture entitled “Why Birdwatching in Portugal”.

More than 300 bird species can be seen in the Algarve throughout the year. Popular sites for birdwatchers (twitchers) are the Castro Marim marshlands, the Ria Formosa, Lagoa dos Salgados (pictured) and Sagres.

Birdwatchers in the UK are estimated to number 2.4 million, making it one of the most important markets for the Algarve.

The British Birdwatching Fair is organised in collaboration with the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).  

Meanwhile, the third Sagres Birdwatching Festival is taking place from September 30 to October 7.

From August to November, Sagres becomes the country’s major migratory corridor for storks, eagles, vultures, hawks and falcons. The spot is also a great place to observe seabirds, steppe species and passerines.

For more information about the festival, please visit www.birdwatchingsagres.com