Tourism board promotes bird watching

Until the end of this year, the regional tourism board (ERTA) wants to structure and improve the potential for bird watching in a bid to increase visitors during the low season.

The idea is being prepared in conjunction with the regional environmental group, Almargem, and the Portuguese Society for the study of birds (SPEA), which will be responsible for the scientific part of the project as well as identifying the areas with greatest potential.

Nuno Aires, Vice-President of the ERTA, said that meetings are being set up with the Câmaras, which will be responsible for the construction of bird watching posts in their councils.

According to Nuno Aires, this new tourist activity will be supported by a section on the visitalgarve.pt website and a bird watching guide whose contents will be prepared by the associations involved.

Despite this project being in its initial stages, representatives from a British bird watching magazine are due to visit the Algarve in April and ERTA are planning to bring journalists from the UK as well as Germany and other Nordic countries to familiarise themselves with the region.

According to ERTA, bird watching has been met with enthusiasm by hotels because the best times of year for the activity are spring and autumn, which are part of the region’s low tourism season.