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Bird lovers migrate to Sagres once again in October


From 4 to 7 October, the Birdwatching and Nature Activities Festival will be back in Sagres. Four days, hundreds of birds in the sky, and around 200 activities throughout town are the recipe for this nature festival, which brought hundreds of bird- and nature-lovers to Sagres last year. During the festival, the town becomes the bustling meeting place of biodiversity and nature-lovers. Now in its 9th edition, the festival is supported by organisers Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo with the involvement of Associação Almargem and of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA).

The time when thousands of birds are heading to Africa for the winter is an opportunity to enjoy a unique spectacle. The sky fills with birds – some still searching for their route – and Sagres’ landmawks fill with people pointing binoculars and scopes at the sky, the sea and the trees.

But the festival isn’t just about birds; its rich programme will cover topics like archaeology, geology, history, botany, marine mammals and much more. And just as in recent editions, the festival will once again include activities for young audiences.

Another of the event’s highlights is its social component, which has been gaining more and more relevance. The festival has become the annual meeting point for many friends and partners who share a love of birds and nature.

This year’s poster highlights Bonnelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata), identifiable by its white front, dark wings and white patch on its rump (only visible in adults). In Portugal the species is classed as ‘Endangered’ in the Red Book of Portuguese Vertebrates, with 116 to 123 breeding pairs counted in 2011. Following a steep decline in the 80s, its numbers now seem to be increasing, thanks to the species’ continuous expansion in the south of the country. Bonnelli’s eagle is also SPEA’s Bird of the Year in 2018, and one of the species that the Life Rupis project, a cross-border project between Portugal and Spain in the Douro region, focuses on.

The festival programme will be unveiled 1 August, which is also when registration will open. You can follow all the latest festival news on its Facebook page, and soon on the website www.birdwatchingsagres.com.





22 de junho de 2018







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