Portugal’s biggest nature event is back in Sagres

10/07/2020

10th July – From 2nd to 5th October, Sagres hosts the country’s largest nature event, the Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival, this year with an online component.

Registration opens 28th July at 9am, at which point the programme will also be published. Alongside the usual fieldtrips, walks and workshops, there will be a variety of online activities to enable people from all over the world to attend talks, workshops and more.

Considering the COVID19 pandemic, the Festival’s sites and activities will be adapted to ensure participants’ safety, following health authorities’ recommendations.

This year, the Festival's poster-bird is the Western Yellow Wagtail, one of the little birds that flock to Sagres in the largest numbers in late Summer and early Autumn.

This small, graceful and colourful bird does its name justice - in flight,  on a fence or on the ground, it's hard to miss the bright yellow breast and underparts, and the yellowish back. These migratory birds are among the 1st to arrive in our country; they can be seen in the south of Portugal as early as February. Throughout Spring and Summer most of the Western Yellow Wagtails you'll see here have a white eyebrow and throat – they belong to the Iberian subspecies, which nests here. In early Autumn, it is joined by several other subspecies from northern and central Europe. Most leave Portugal at the end of October, to overwinter in Africa.

Like Western Yellow Wagtails, thousands of other birds fly over the Algarve in October, on their way to their wintering grounds in Africa. From eagles to storks, gannets and shearwaters, the 11th Birdwatching and Nature Activities Festival will once more be a celebration of these feathered visitors, of the incredible show that is bird migration, and of Nature’s charm.

The Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival is organised by Vila do Bispo Municipality, in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA, BirdLife Portugal) and Almargem Association.

The Festival’s latest news can be found on the website www.birdwatchingsagres.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/birdwatchingfestivalofsagres and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sagresbirdwatchingfestival.

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