Birdwatching and nature activities

beach sagres west coast

Celebrating its 12th year, the Festival of Birdwatching and Nature Activities has a packed schedule for all ages.

From October 1-5 activities will also be available online via Zoom. Participants just need to register, after which they will be sent details. This means that those not visiting Algarve at the time can still be able to take part.

Many of the activities are free and only require registration and booking of each activity — there are a maximum amount of people allowed for each.

From birdwatching to sea tours, leaf hunting to dolphin watching, how to photograph nature and lessons in painting with watercolours. There is so much going on, far too much to mention. Click here for up-to-date information.

The online activities, albeit restricted at the moment, start this weekend. For information click here. Once the festival starts though, there will be much more available in both English and Portuguese.

The festival bracelet allows access to activities and also to discounts with local partners during the five-day festival.

The Sagres landscape is fabulously geodiverse. For example both Salema and Santa beaches have dinosaur footprints and fossilised coral reefs can be found on Carrapateira and Mareta beaches. Fossilised dunes can be seen on Castelejo beach and evidence of the 1755 tsunami at Boca do Rio.

Looking at the most south-westerly point of Europe visitors might believe, erroneously, that there really is not much growing.

Many plants have been forced to adapt to this wind-swept salty promontory. In fact, there are many plants endemic to the area and at the festival visitors will be able to find out more. Not just about the plants but also how the migratory birds help the local flora.

Of course birds play a tremendous part in the festival, take a peek at these two articles from 2020 and 2019.

Whether you are in the region or not, you can play a part in this year’s Birdwatching and Nature Activities Festival – there is just no excuse.

For more information on the area click here for a brochure and here for one with information on some of the birds to be seen in the region.

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