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Birdwatching in the Algarve

Research at Bournemouth University

A Master Thesis conducted at Bournemouth University (BU) in Dorset is looking at the emergence of birdwatching as an alternative tourism product in the Algarve, in Portugal. The research concerns European birders and their motivations, preferences and behaviours as tourists. For this reason BU master student Ana Machado, and supervisors Prof. Jon Edwards and Prof. Susanna Curtin, researchers in Sustainable Tourism and Wildlife Tourism, have constructed an online survey destined for birders who have been to the Algarve, but also those who haven’t been birding in the Algarve, but have travelled overseas for birdwatching.

The researchers have already established collaboration with several British, Dutch and Finnish organisations such as BirdGuides (UK) or Birdlife Finland, as well as other private and public organisations in Portugal in order to make the survey available to a diverse audience.

If you have travelled before to the Algarve or have been birding overseas, please feel free to take the survey at the link below and to pass it along to other birders. All respondents are kept anonymous, and the survey will take only 10-12 minutes to fill in.

This research aims to shed a light on the reality of birdwatching tourism in the Algarve and the needs of birders as tourists. Therefore to know your opinion is essential in order to improve our understanding of the subject.

Take the survey here: http://FreeOnlineSurveys.co.uk/rendersurvey.asp?sid=4c7w9ah5ldbmdkf926502

4th July 2014