Come and spend a day with me and other like-minded nature and photography lovers in the Steppe terrain around the area of Castro Verde in the Alentejo region. The trip includes transport with pickups in Albufeira, São Bartolomeu de Messines and São Marcos da Serra. Our first stop is the fantastic centre at LPN (Liga para a Protecção de Natureza) near Castro Verde where the staff onsite will welcome you and provide a video-based introduction to their work. Staff will also be onsite for you to ask any questions. For more information on the LPN Centre, please visit the Programa Castro Verde Sustentável website. The area has a short easy-going route (approx. 3.5km) where you can spot many bird species including the Lesser Kestrel and if you are lucky you’ll spot the beautiful European Roller that nests at the Centre. Should you not wish to walk, then you are welcome to remain at the Centre in which you still maybe lucky to view the Lesser Kestrels and European Rollers.
Another fantastic service the LPN has provided is the conservation of both the Little and Greater Bustard, again, we maybe lucky to view these amazing birds.
After the visit to the LPN Centre, we will head off for a lunch stop (not included in the price) before taking a driving tour around the area to spot some of the amazing birds of prey that are in large numbers, usually very easily. Birds such as various Vultures, Eagles (including the Golden Eagle) and other amazing raptors. If something of great interest is spotted, there will be time to get out of the transport to view and photograph them.
This day trip is limited to just 8 people to help keep the event very personal.
The day includes the following;
» Transport with pickup/drop off at either Albufeira, São Bartolomeu de Messines, São Marcos da Serra or Ourique
» Presentation by the LPN Centre (Video based) – Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this may not occur
» LPN Staff available to ask any further questions – Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this may not occur
» Optional 3.5km Walk around the LPN Centre to spot and photograph bird species
» Lunch-stop (cost not included, feel free to bring your own packed lunch if you wish) – To be confirmed due to Covid-19, packed lunch maybe required
» Guided drive around the Castro Verde area to spot and photograph the bird species
» I will be available at all times for any photography techniques you may wish to ask.
» A limited supply of cold water will be available during the entire day
Where is this Field Trip?
The trip is spent in the area around Castro Verde in the southern Alentejo region. It is approx. 90 kilometres north of Albufeira
How large is the group size?
To help keep the day trip personal it is restricted to just 8 people.
Is there a minimum booking requirement
Yes, there is a minimum of 6 confirmed bookings for the trip to proceed. Should this not occur within 1 week of the trip (June 10th) then all payments will be refunded
Is this a strenuous activity?
No, even the optional 3.5km walk is on quite flat ground.
Is transport included?
Yes, transport is included with pickups and drop-offs at Albufeira, São Bartolomeu de Messines, São Marcos da Serra and Ourique
Is lunch included?
The lunch stop, location to be confirmed, is not included in the price. It will be typically Portuguese offering Sandwiches, toasties etc. Please feel free to bring your own packed lunch.
Where are the pickup and drop-off places?
Albufeira – Lidl Supermarket (Google Map)
São Bartolomeu de Messines – Museu do Traje e das Tradições (Google Map)
São Marcos da Serra – O Cruzamento Restaurant (Google Map)
Ourique – Pingo Doce (Google Map)
What time does are the pickups?
Albufeira : 7:45am
São Bartolomeu de Messines : 8:20am
São Marcos da Serra : 8:40am
Ourique : 9:10am
What time does it finish?
The last drop-off at Albufeira will be at approx. 6pm (this maybe a little later if we are having too much fun!)
Can children and dogs attend?
Children are very welcome provided they are accompanied by an adult, but please note, the transport does not have child seats. Dogs are NOT allowed.
What language is spoken during this Field Trip?
What is the price?
€65 per person
Are bird sightings guaranteed?
I always say that “I guarantee you’ll see noting”, because if I break that guarantee, you’ll be happy. Of course, nothing in nature can be guaranteed, but it’s very unlikely we’ll see nothing.
What do I need to bring?
Binoculars will be recommended, but not essential
A camera with a decent length lens or zoom is recommended (see next point)
It will possibly be hot so please dress accordingly
Sunscreen is a good idea, the walk around the LPN centre has little shade
Sensible walking shoes or trainers are recommended
There will be cold bottles of water available but feel free to bring your own drinks
If you do not wish to purchase lunch at the stop, please feel free to bring your own packed lunch.
What camera do I need?
If you wish to photograph the bird species, you will require at least a 300mm (or equivalent) lens. Please Contact Me if you require an assistance.
Is this trip dependent on the weather?
Yes and maybe rescheduled due to bad weather. We of course want perfectly clear skies and glorious light, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Should there be inclement weather forecast (rain or strong winds) then the trip will be rescheduled. Should bad weather be forecast then a final decision will be made 24 hours before and all attendees will be notified by email and/or telephone.
Can I cancel my booking?
Due to the costs in running this day trip, refunds are not available, however, you are able to pass your space(s) onto somebody else.
Full payment is required in advance by booking online and paying via either PayPal (inc Credit/Debit card without a PayPal account) or Bank Transfer. By booking onto the this Field Trip you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions .
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