Bird watching provides new tourism theme for Los Realejos
Los Realejos has published its first guide of ornithological tourism with about 100 references of birds.
The provision of several viewing points and an observ-atory with information panels in different languages complement the project.
The municipality of Los Realejos is one of the most privileged of the island in terms of its natural wealth, which is evident in the fact that almost 50% of its land is protected by environmental laws at national, regional, European and international level.
The Department of Tourism, directed by Carolina Toste, has published a specific guide for its promotion.
The guide collects about 100 references of birds, some of them endemic and others migratory on their way through the island. Brief technical sheets of each species are included, indicating data such as length and span, its scientific name and its name in Spanish, English, French and German, thus facilitating its identification for tourists from different origins. Most of the images are the work of photographer Isidro Felipe Acosta but also with pictures from José Manuel Siverio, José Juan Hernández, Francisco Cruz Alvarado, Josep M. Torras Payerol and Pedro Felipe Acosta.
The guide includes an identification map of the municipality and also includes a description of up to eight observation points and the location of the future bird observatory with its corresponding coordinates so that they can be identified and accessible by nature lovers. The species most likely to be seen from each of these places are collected in each section.
“Observing birds is a very enriching experience. In Los Realejos we can find a great wealth of fauna with unique species in the world. But for the survival of these species we must bear in mind that the great majority of them live in very fragile ecosystems and that the alteration of these can have a negative influence. Therefore, the welfare of birds and their habitats is and should be the first thing we consider before this practice,” said a council spokesman.