Birdwatching and nature lovers will be able to register from tomorrow (1 September) for one of the Algarve’s most popular international events.
Organisers of the annual Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival in Sagres – which is due to run from 1 to 5 October and incorporates a diverse program of activities for visitors of all ages from around the world – have announced full details of the event’s program.
New offerings announced this month for the 13th annual edition include cycling along the scenic Rota Vicentina route and evening walks to view bats, insects and scorpions. A range of talks and workshops will cover such subjects as birds from Mexico and the Netherlands, marine bioacoustics (listening under water), analysis of owl pellets, and the importance of whales in regulating the climate.
For children, the program is highlighted by challenges including a treasure hunt (“In search of the lost mammal”) and art and environmental education workshops (such as “Painting birds on cloth”).
Well-received activities from previous editions that are returning include bird ringing sessions, birdwatching courses for beginners, 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 learn more about birds and wine.
Activities are scheduled throughout the Sagres peninsula area, which also offers convenient access to discover Portugal’s nearby south-west Alentejo region and the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. The best way to reach these other destinations – and also to explore the rest of the Algarve – is by renting a car at Faro Airport.