S'Albufera bird watch

Majorca to Promote Birdwatching on the Island

Majorca will be attending the Global Birdfair, one of the most important ornithological and nature tourism fairs worldwide, which will take place at the Rutland Showground in Oakham from 15 – 17 July 2022.

Representatives will be on hand to provide information about birdwatching on the island, highlighting the biodiversity of the destination, as well as its wide range of native species. Majorca will be exhibiting with the Spanish Tourist Office in the Swallow Marquee.

Majorca’s location on the Western European bird migration route, combined with its natural landscapes, makes the island an ideal place for birdwatchers year-round.

The island’s natural environment boasts spectacular birds including the otherwise threatened species the osprey and the black vulture. The impressive Eleonora’s falcon, the Bonelli’s eagle and the imperial heron, as well as native species such as the warbler and the Balearic shearwater can be spotted, amongst others.

The island’s nature reserves are the habitat of over 350 bird species, below are three great examples of what to expect the “S’Albufera de Majorca” nature reserve, the “Serra de Tramuntana” Mountains and the “Salobrar de Campos” reserve.

“S’Albufera” Nature Reserve

Located between Puerto de Alcudia and Can Picafort, S’Albufera is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands, spanning over 1,600 hectares. It was declared a nature reserve in 2001 as it is the main bird habitat in Majorca, and of vital importance during their migration. Visitors may spot bitterns, stilts, coots, ducks and herons, depending on the season. The reserve offers various itineraries for birdwatchers of all interest and experience levels and can be explored by bike.

“Serra de Tramuntana” Nature Reserve

The largest protected area on the island, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011, Serra de Tramuntana is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Majorca. The park is home to a large number of birds, where they spend long periods of time before leaving for other destinations. It is a place where endangered species, such as the osprey and the black vulture, can thrive as they are protected.

“Es Trenc – Salobrar de Campos” Nature Reserve

Es Trenc is located in the southeast of the island, a mix of sand dunes, salt extraction ponds and farmland. Salobrar de Campos is a preserved, dynamic ecosystem and the second largest wetland on the island. Considered a paradise for birds, it is a resting and nesting place for species such as the flamingo, the osprey and the marsh harrier.
To find out more about the Global Birdfair, visit https://globalbirdfair.org/

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