Sagres Bird Watching Festival ends this Sunday with many activities

The Bird Watching Festival of Sagres ends this Sunday, with many activities, which for three days have attracted […]

The Sagres Bird Watching Festival ends this Sunday, with many activities, which for three days have attracted hundreds and hundreds of nature lovers to the most southwestern tip of Portugal.

Although most of the registrations for the activities are sold out, for today, October 2nd, according to the event website, there are still vacancies in the Photo Tour in Sagres (10:00-12:30), in the Cetaceans Observation (11:00-12:30) and in Dolphin Watching (11:30-13:30), in the Pelagic Trip for Sea Bird Watching (14:00-17:00) and in Seabird Watching (pelagic) 14:30-17:00. 

Sagres is a very special region. Not only is the landscape that surrounds it spectacular, but its biological heritage is unique in Europe. Here you can find a huge diversity of habitats, from marine to forest, passing through estuarine, dune and agricultural, which are naturally home to hundreds of species of fauna and flora. There are several floristic endemisms, numerous cetaceans, land mammals and, of course, many birds. 

These are the main attraction of this festival which in 2010 revealed, in just three days, more than 100 species.

A number that in 2011 is intended to be surpassed, since during the autumn migration it is common to observe more than 190 species in this area. Of course, among these are many treasures, such as the Imperial Eagle, the Black Vulture, the Black Stork, the Queen's Hawk, Bonelli's Eagle, the Pardela-de-barrete, the Falaropo fin-beaked, the carambola plover, among others.

For this reason, the Vila do Bispo City Council, in partnership with Associação Almargem and SPEA, once again prepared a full program of activities, aimed at different audiences, in order to make known some of these winged symbols of the region.

Field trips for beginners, boat trips, monitoring actions with experts, thematic lectures, courses, games, gatherings, environmental education activities, are just some of them.

And the collective effort that exists around this event is equally noteworthy. Local agents, including accommodation, restaurants and tourist entertainment, joined together to welcome participants, offering special prices and other advantages.  

Vila do Bispo City Council is the promoter, while SPEA (Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds) and Associação Almargem are the organizers, Sagres beer, ecoinside and Ubiwhere are the sponsors.

The festival also has the PO Algarve 21 for co-financing, and with the support of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity, Turismo de Portugal, Algarve Tourism, Parish Councils of Sagres and Vila do Bispo, Strix, Pousadas de Portugal, Hotel and Resort o Martinhal, Memmo Baleeira Hotel, Aparthotel Navigator, Tourist Apartments 4 Ventos, Sagres Time Apartments, Hotel Mira Sagres, Unlimited sea, Cape cruises and Walkin' Sagres.

More information or consultation of the complete program at