Birdwatching festival attracts over 1,100 to Sagres

Event attracts visitors from all over the world

The 14th edition of the Birdwatching and Nature Activities Festival in Sagres came to a close on Sunday (October 8), having attracted over 1,100 people.

According to organisers, most of the visitors were from Europe although the festival also attracted birdwatchers from as far as the USA, China, Ghana, Peru and Puerto Rico.

A total of 148 bird species were observed throughout the four days of the event, including “particularly rare species” such as the Mediterranean shearwater, the great white egret, the rose-coloured starling, and the black stork.

The festival featured 235 activities, 135 of which were free, designed specifically with nature enthusiasts and families in mind.

The event is organised by the Municipality of Vila do Bispo in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and the Almargem Association, who once again hailed the festival a success.

“The new features introduced this year once again exceeded participants’ expectations,” they said.

Next year’s edition is already scheduled to take place between October 3 and 6, 2024.

By Michael Bruxo

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