Sagres, Algarve, will once again host the Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival from 1st to 5th October, 2022.
The event is organised by Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo together with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA, BirdLife International's partner in Portugal) and Associação Almargem, and this year has the Northtern Gannet as its poster-bird.
The 13th edition of the event promises a packed programme of mostly free activities for all ages and tastes, including, among others, the usual birdwatching and bird-ringing sessions, guided tours, talks and educational workshops, walks, boat trips and mini-courses which have captivated visitors over the years.
In 2022, the programme is available at https://www.birdwatchingsagres.com/en/programa/, on 1 August, and registration for activities will start online on 1 September, allowing participants to plan their holidays according to the activities they are most interested in.
New offerings in this 13th edition include cycling along the scenic ‘Rota Vicentina’, night-time walks (to see bats, insects and scorpions), as well as a variety of talks and workshops: about birds (from Mexico and the Netherlands), marine bioacoustics (listening under water), analysing owl pellets, and even the importance of whales in regulating our climate.
For children, the programme features challenges such as treasure hunts (‘In search of the lost mammal’) and art and environmental education workshops (such as ‘Painting birds on cloth’).
Successful activities from previous editions of the festival will also be returning: bird ringing sessions, beginners birdwatching courses, themed walks (archaeology, culture, geology, plants and insects) and boat trips. Registered participants will also be able to witness the moment a bird is returned to nature, build nest-boxes, bug hotels and bird feeders, help to clean Mareta beach and hear about birds and wine.
Activities will take place all around Sagres peninsula, making this the ideal opportunity to discover and explore the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.
The thousands of birds which fly over the Algarve in October, on their way to their wintering grounds, will once again be a highlight of the Festival. Among them are Northern Gannets, which on a good day can be seen by the hundreds from Cabo de São Vicente. Easily identifiable by its long, white wings and pointed bill, this species is an excellent diver, submerging up to 40 metres when it torpedoes into the water to catch the fish it feeds on.
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