Birdwatching and Nature Activities Festival in Sagres kicks off on 1 October


Sagres, Algarve, will host the Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival from 1 to 5 October. The event is organised by Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo together with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA, BirdLife International’s partner in Portugal) and Associação Almargem, and this year has the Northern Gannet as its poster-bird.


The 13th edition of the event promises a packed programme of mostly free activities, for all ages and tastes, including, among others, the usual birdwatching and bird-ringing sessions, guided tours, talks and educational workshops, walks, boat trips and mini-courses which have captivated visitors over the years. 


In 2022, the programme will be published on the festival website,, on 1 August, and registration for activities will start online on 1 September, allowing participants to plan their holidays according to the activities they are most interested in.


The thousands of birds which fly over the Algarve in October, on their way to their wintering grounds, will once again be a highlight of the Festival. Among them are Northern Gannets, which on a good day can be seen by the hundreds from Cabo de São Vicente. Easily identifiable by its long, white wings and pointed bill, this species is an excellent diver, submerging up to 40 metres when it torpedoes into the water to catch the fish it feeds on.


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