The birds of the shepherds

The birds of the shepherds - Full

The grasslands within the wider Sagres peninsula hold a markedly particular variety of breeding, passage and wintering birds. Some of these are scarce, or even unique in an Algarve context. The grasslands are dynamic, changing through the various stages of plowing for dry-land cereal cultivation, harvesting and subsequent fallow lands and sheep grazing. In the dry and warm parts of southern Europe, this type of non-intensive traditional land use produces a habitat type known as cereal steppe.

The species that depend on this traditional land use are under threat from abandonment, as are the people’s livelihoods that have depended on these practices for centuries. While visiting some of the most important grasslands to find some of the characteristic birds that inhabit these habitats at this time of year, we will also make a small introduction to a new project in Vila do Bispo, that aims to study these species within the municipality.

  • Schedule: Saturday 7th of October 2023 from 04:30 pm until 07:30 pm
  • Theme(s): Fauna (others), Flora, Birdwatching
  • Type(s): Field trip
  • Location: Outdoor activity
  • Walking distance: 1.00
  • Nr of participants: Mín. 5 Max. 15 (minimum age 12 years old)
  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: All audiences
  • Registration: Activity with online registration
  • Recommendations:

    Participants need to bring their cars to the starting point of the field trip. The guide suggests to gather in small groups in order to use the lowest possible number of vehicles. Bring hiking boots, water, a small snack for the morning and birdwatching equipment.

  • Partner:
  • Meeting point:
    Beliche Fort / Reception
    Lat: 37.027283 / Lon: -8.982722