Information

Useful information

  • Festival Bracelet
    • To participate in the activities you need to have the Festival bracelet;

    • To obtain your bracelet you should visit the event headquarters (in Beliche Fortress – located on the left side of the road that goes to San Vincent Cape) or ask the tourism companies, when you participate in their activities included in the festival.

    • The festival bracelet is free;

    • This bracelet will also enable the participant to access the special prices that local partners will offer during the festival.

  • COVID-19

    COVID-19 INFORMATION


    A Contingency Plan for the Festival, to mitigate the risk of contagion by COVID-19, was developed. The plan details prevention and safety measures and procedures in accordance with the health authority (DGS), and was analysed by the relevant local authorities.
    Below is the most relevant information for participants; note however that these may be subject to change in response to the evolution of the pandemic and to any new rules issued by the authorities.

    General rules
    - Participants should take their own personal protective equipment: mask (mandatory), alcohol gel, etc.
    - Maintain a physical distancing of at least 1,2 metres
    - Wash hands regularly

    Number of participants
    - All activities have a defined maximum number of participants
    - In activities with mandatory registration, anyone who is not on the list of registered participants will not be allowed to take part
    - In activities that do not require registration, a headcount will be taken on site on a first-come-first-served basis; once the maximum number of participants is reached, no-one else will be allowed to join

    Mask
    Masks will be mandatory:
    - indoors (e.g. workshop rooms, lecture halls)
    - at Forte do Beliche (secretariat)
    - outdoors wahe is not possible to garantee physical distancing of at least 1,2 metres
    Organisers or activity promoters can request that masks be worn in other situations, and we ask for everyone’s understanding in complying with this. Participants who do not follow mask-wearing instructions will not be able to participate in the activity.

    Secretariat/Forte do Beliche
    - The Festival secretariat will be located inside Forte do Beliche (Sagres), as in previous years
    - Entry in the Fort will be subject to the maximum occupancy. If this number is reached, please comply with requests to wait outside.
    - Whenever the meeting point for an activity is at Forte do Beliche, groups will meet outside the fort, at meeting spots marked accordingly on-site
    - One of the buildings at Forte do Beliche will serve as isolation room in case of suspected COVID-19 infection
    - Throughout the Forte do Beliche, including the isolation room, Vila do Bispo Town Hall’s hygiene plan will be implemented

    Gear at activities
    - Participants should bring their binoculars/telescopes/field guides and other materials that are useful
    - In situations where equipment must be shared, those responsible will ensure it is cleaned between sessions

  • Nationality of participants
    • Participation in the festival is open to everyone;

    • In the descriptive form for each activity, there will be information on the language in which it will be held – Portuguese, English, or both.

  • Insurance

    Personal accident insurance applied to participants from 02 to 05 October 2020

    1. Participants in activities with mandatory registration, in which it has been confirmed by the organization or by the partner companies, are covered by the following insurances:

    1.1. Free activities
    Capital and coverage are in accordance with DL 108/2009

    1.1.1 For participants aged between 3 and 69 years old (inclusive):
    - children under 14 are not insured by the risk of death;
    - a 10% deductible is established in the permanent disability coverage, therefore, no compensation will be paid until the competition for that percentage;
    - in the case of permanent disability greater than 10%, the indemnity will be paid as stipulated in the general conditions.

    1.1.2. For participants whose age is over 70 years, but less than 75 years, the coverage is reduced to the risk of death (reduced by 50%) and treatment expenses.

    1.1.3. For participants whose age is greater than 75 years but less than 85 years, the coverage of the policy is reduced to the coverage of Treatment Expenses.

    1.2. Non-free activities, organized by partner companies
    Partner private companies have the responsibility to make their own insurance (mandatory by law) for the activities organized by them, included in the festival. Therefore, the entities that promote the festival and its organization do not have any responsibility while those activities occur.

    2. Exclusions (participants not cover by any personal insurancewithin this Festival)
    - Participants of activities that not require registration;
    - Participants with age lesser than 3 year, or older than 69 years, participating in the free activities that required registration. The Organization of the festival declines any responsibility in case of accident).
    - Participants that register in the same day the activity is taking place;

    In this situations, the Organization of the festival declines any responsibility in case of accident.

  • Ethical code - Birdwatchers

    Ethical Code for birdwatchers

    The number of people interested in bird watching increases day by day, being essential to consider seriously their responsibility to prevent damages to nature and birds in particular. Birdwatchers should demonstrate a responsible attitude, since they play an essential role in bird conservation, an aspect that should always be taken into account.

    In that sense, SPEA drafted this Code of Conduct, simple but essential, consisting of 10 points:

    1. The welfare of the birds must always be in first place.
      If you are bird-ringer, nature photographer, scientist or bird watcher, you should ALWAYS have in mind that the welfare of the bird is the most important.
    2. The habitat must be respected.
      The habitat is vital for birds, so that all our activities should respect it and do not cause any damage. We should leave everything exactly as we found it.
    3. Do not disturb birds in any way.
      We must not disturb birds at any time, but especially during nesting time, as this can cause the abandonment of the nest, with the consequent loss of eggs and chicks.
    4. 4. Inform and report when necessary.
      - If you find any accidental or rare bird, you should submit the information to the Portuguese Committee of Rarities (raridades@spea.pt). If you think that it is an exotic bird, you can communicate it to SPEA.
      - If you observe a ringed bird, you should provide information about the rings to the entity responsible of collecting this information (CEMPA-ICNB,cempa@incb.pt).
      - If you find an injured or weakened bird, you should immediately contact the nearest recovery center or call to  SOS Ambiente e Território, from the Department of Nature and Environment Conservation (SEPNA) (Tel: 808 200 520);
      - The birds found dead should be left where they are, after identifying and verifying the presence of rings.
      - If you witness attacks against nature / biodiversity, assess the situation, and notify Authorities immediately(Tlf: GNR/SEPNA 808 200 520).
    5. Follow rules and laws regarding bird protection.
      InPortugal, all species of wild birds are protected by law (Decree-Law n º 140/99 of 24th April, and Decree-Law n º 49/2005 of 24th February).
    6. Respect private owners’ rights.
      The rights of the private land-owners must always be respected. Do not enter into properties without permission and stay on paths. It is essential for the species conservation and for a good image of birdwatchers.
    7. Respect people rights.
      When you meet more visitors in the observation area, you should take into account that everyone has an equal right to enjoy the environment and its birdlife.
    8. Share information with others.
      Freely share your knowledge and sightings with other birdwatchers, notably submitting to Portugal Aves (http://ebird.org/content/portugal/),  but do not give information about sensitive species nest sites, colonies and dormitories.
    9. Act the way you would like that others act in your area.
      And exemplary behaviour and the accomplishment of that code will become birders in bird conservation ambassadors.
    10. Promote the sustainable development of that activity.
      - If you want to hire tour guide services, make sure that they are accredited for the activity;
      - Consume local products and services to support the economy of the region. Local communities will assess the added value of safeguarding birds and preserving their habitats.
  • Code of conduct - ICNF

    During the activities, participants must follow the recommendations laid out in the ICNF's Conduct and Best Practice Code

    Code

  • Stay and eat

    - Where to stay

    There is a list of accommodation partners of this event which will offer special rates to participants. For enquiries, simply go to the “Partners – Accomodation” section of this website and make an appointment directly with them.

     

    - Where to eat

    You can enjoy discounts at various restaurants in the village of Sagres. Access the list of those in the “Partners – Restaurantes” menu.

  • Tourism office

    The Tourist Office of the Municipality of Vila do Bispo is available to professionals in the field of tourism, and individual visitors, seeking information about the municipality of Vila do Bispo.

    Available services
    information on accommodation and restaurants;
    > information about tourism-related companies;
    > preparation of a programme to visit to the region;
    > suggested places with touristic interest.

    Contacts
    > Rosário Oliveira

    Tlf: +351 282 630 600 / Ext.246 | Tlm: +351 910 547 861 | E-mail: gabinete.turismo@cm-viladobispo.pt

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