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Mallorca Ornithological Paradise

350 species of birds

Birdwatchers of the world, visit Mallorca. That was the message from the Consell (island government) of Mallorca just a few days ago at one of Europe's biggest fairs for ornithologists and birdwatchers.

Birdfair, held in the bucolic surroundings of Rutland Water in Britain, draws around 24,000 enthusiasts who are interested in nearly everything about birds. The Consell had its own stand in the big marquee there to promote the joys of birdwatching in Mallorca.

It's actually a really good place to pitch up with your binoculars and notebook as not only does it have a large resident population of birds, but also because of its geographical location in the Mediterranean sea, it is an ideal pit stop for food and rest for birds on their annual migratory routes from north to south and vice versa. In total there are around 350 species of birds all just waiting to be spotted!

As the island's winged tourists mainly visit in spring and autumn, Mallorca's 'shoulder months,' the Consell hope to help fill hotel rooms, restaurants, and aircraft with birdwatching aficionados to help the economy along. I'm sure the enthusiasts on the photo at the stand would love the chance to shed their August winter clothing and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine of an off season Mallorca break!

The stand they had at Birdfair not only promoted the number of species available for spotting but also the special areas and facilities for watchers; the Albufereta Natural Reserve, Mondrago Natural Park, Albufera Natural Park, Es Trenc Natural Park, Sierra de Tramuntana Natural Park, Cabrera Natural Park, and sa Dragonera Natural Park.

The photos I've used come from the Consell's guide to urban birds.