Andalucía Bird Festival – April 19, 20 and 21 2024

Our time now will be focused on the upcoming inaugural Andalucía Bird Festival to be held in the picturesque white village of Montejaque which nestles into spectacular mountain scenery within the Serranía de Ronda.

Entrance to the bird festival is free and will take place in April on Friday the 19th, Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st. There will be a range of activities including various lectures held in an adjoining lecture room, the exhibition area will include several stands where artisan products will be on display and for visitors to purchase, whilst various nature groups will be showing their many projects involving conservation, preservation, and bird welfare. Activities over the course of the festival include guided tours of the wonderfully scenic route of the Llanos de Libar, activities for children, demonstrations on constructing nest boxes and a chance to see how scientific research, in the form of bird ringing, is carried out with the chance to see wild birds in the hand and the festival will include a photography contest that will illustrate birds that occur in Spain with both amateur and professional photographers taking part. It promises to be a fun weekend as well as a chance for visitors to learn more about nature in our region.

The place chosen for the festival is the Sports Hall of Montejaque it is in a place surrounded by mountains, with easy access and which has good parking nearby, the location also provides an area for the exhibition that guarantees protection against any adverse weather during an unpredictable month. The venue will also have a bar-restaurant service. The festival is intended to be enjoyed by all types of audiences, both experienced ornithologists as well as amateurs who are just starting out bird watching, with the idea that you can visit as a family, or just for those curious visitors who want to learn more about the wonderful riches of our natural world here in Spain.

Montejaque is a town of a thousand inhabitants located within the Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema (it is worth going up to the “Mirador del Castillo” to contemplate the beauty of the Arab framework of its streets) and right where one of the most interesting routes in Andalusia for bird watching, the famous Llanos de Líbar. This route is a mix of limestone rock mountain landscape, with dryland crops and a pasture of oaks centenarians. The richness of the landscape allows you to observe a good number of bird species of which stand outs are: Griffon vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Booted Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Eagle Owl, Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Hoopoe, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Crested Lark, Thekla’s Lark, Woodlark, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Wren, Black Redstart, Robin, Blue Rock Thrush, Common Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Orphean Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Crested Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Red-billed Chough, Raven, Spotless Starling, Rock Sparrow, Hawfinch, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting and a great many more!

Another attraction in the surrounding area is the Hundidero Cave, whose entrance measures more than 50 meters high and is very impressive. The cave is part of a system 4.5 km long of a groundwater hydrographic system known as Complex Sinkhole of the Cat. This enclave has been declared a Natural Monument by the Junta de Andalucía and a path has recently been prepared that connects Sinkhole with the Los Caballeros Dam and that allows you to walk through a landscape of great beauty where it is not difficult to see mountain goat (Ibex).

Many of your ABS Committee will be at the festival and be present for long periods on the Andalucia Bird Society stand. It would be wonderful to meet and have the opportunity to speak with you.

Details of the festival:

Friday 19th April – Opening at 1200 midday until 8 pm
Saturday 20th April – Opening 10 am until 8 pm
Sunday 21st April – Opening 10 am until 6 pm

See you there?

 

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