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Sagres Birdwatching Festival - October 10th to 13th

Sagres Birdwatching Festival - October 10th to 13thFrom 10 to 13 October, all flyways lead to the Algarve. Dates have been set for the annual birdwatchers' migration to the Algarve. From 10 to 13 October, Sagres hosts the 10th Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival. In October, thousands of birds fly over the Algarve en route to their wintering grounds in Africa. To celebrate these feathered visitors and make the most of this amazing sight, the festival offers 4 days filled with all kinds of activities.

The event is organised by Vila do Bispo Town Hall (Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo), in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and Associação Almargem.

From birdwatching on land and sea to getting to know moths, the Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival offers a range of opportunities for nature-lovers to discover how the Algarve is much more than beaches. There is also plenty of choice for birdwatchers' families and friends, from whale- and dolphin-watching trips to a fossil hunt at Beliche Fort.

This year, the festival includes a book launch: the first Guide to the Birds of Vila do Bispo and Sagres will surely be a useful resource for anyone wishing to discover the birds that flock here in their thousands at this time of year. From Bonelli's and Short-Toed Snake Eagles to Egyptian Vultures, Griffon Vultures and Storks, thousands of birds soar overhead, searching for safe passage to Africa. At sea, equally astounding numbers of seabirds stream by, on epic journeys that can stretch from pole to pole. Trees, bushes and grasses are taken over by dozens of songbirds also headed south.

For this 10th edition, the festival unveiled a new image, with the European Storm Petrel as its poster-child. This small seabird has a fluttering, bat-like flight, and spends most of its life at sea, only coming to land to breed. In Autumn, European Storm Petrels can be seen off the coast of Sagres, waiting on the surface for the right wind or, when it blows, heading towards the southern seas.

Among this year's novelties is a strong presence of the arts, with a range of photography-themed sessions (from night birds to birds in flight, from field techniques to photographing stars) and illustration workshops (from field sketches to illustrating with ballpoint pen).

The programme will be unveiled on 8 August, at which time registrations will open online at www.birdwatchingsagres.com/en

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Sagres Birdwatching Festival - October 10th to 13th

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