Improved information for Algarve birdwatchers

news: Improved information for Algarve birdwatchers

Birdwatchers in the Algarve will soon have access to extensive, in situ information about the species they are observing as part of an initiative launched by the regional tourism board.

Turismo do Algarve, in collaboration with the local câmaras and entities responsible for protected zones, will be installing information boards containing descriptions of the various bird species that can be observed in popular birdwatching spots in the region.

And to assist visitors, direction signs guiding them to the best viewing spots will also be put up to complement the information boards.

Last week the tourism board presented the project to the municipal authorities, who will be expected to follow the prototype equipment conceived by Faro company NATA design.

Desidério Silva, president of Turismo do Algarve, said: “We continue to invest in the promotion of niche tourism products such as birdwatching, which is followed by more than two million British citizens and 48 million Americans. But in order to promote this segment we need to have adequate support equipment.”

The equipment has been developed within the project ‘Birdwatching in Algarve’, which has the financial backing of the Algarve 21 Operational Programme (including EU funding) and involves municipal câmaras, Almargem environemtal association, the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests and Turismo do Algarve.

||Did you know…?

…40% percent of the Algarve territory is classified as Rede Natura 2000 (European network of nature protection zones), the region has two natural parks, a natural reserve and 10 protected zones for birds.