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Posted by portugalpress on October 11, 2018

Around 1,160 people from 43 countries visited Sagres between October 4 and 7 to take part in the hugely popular Birdwatching Festival.

The event has once again been dubbed a “success” by Vila do Bispo council, which revealed that it attracted people from countries like São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname and India for the first time, as well as visitors from distant countries such as New Zealand, Vietnam, Senegal, Colombia and Canada.

Around 140 bird species were observed, including the very rare red-breasted flycatcher (Ficedula parva).

But the festival is about more than birdwatching and also involves activities like hiking, boat trips, dolphin watching, beach clean-ups, bird ringing and “release back into the wild” sessions.

This year, the event also had a more eco-friendly ethos and attempted to reduce the amount of plastic used in a bid to make it more sustainable.

The event is organised by Vila do Bispo council, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and Almargem Association.

Organisers are already planning the 2019 festival, which will be around the same time of year.

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