Algarve & Alentejo 31 October — 7 November 2015
Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA, BirdLife in Portugal) is campaigning against the illegal capture and sale of wild birds.
In SPEA's words: "This campaign aims primarily to draw attention to a problem which we have spoken informally, but very little has been done to solve it. We are aware that there is a long way to go to change mind sets and the law. The goal is to draw attention to this subject, let people know that this is a serious problem of nature conservation, find ways to combat misinformation and make sure the law is applied in a more effective way."
More about this SPEA campaign here.
At the time of our last holiday here, in 2013, SPEA was preparing a Winter Bird Atlas for Portugal. A little spare money held by Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust meant we could round up our Algarve & Alentejo donation to SPEA to €1000, to support the book's publication. Our Central Portugal holiday in spring 2012 had previously contributed €560 towards Atlas survey work. The Atlas is due to be published in 2015.
Previous donations in Portugal have supported the a network of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) with local volunteers monitoring these and acting as ‘caretakers’. In particular, with our help, SPEA has improved the annual bird monitoring on the protected west coast IBA.
Part of the West Coast Important Bird Area