Good practices

for birdwatching

Bird watching can be a very pleasurable activity, but it can also generate impacts that must be known by the observer to avoid.

Keep in mind this code of good practice in your visits and avoid unnecessary disturbance to birds and the area where they live.

1 Thebirds are always first, before our eagerness to see them.

The bird welfare comes first. If we discover that our presence or activity may pose a nuisance or serious interference, we must suspend or terminate the observation.

2 The habitat is vital for the birds.

Any habitat is a fragile ecosystem and valuable. The slightest disturbance can be very problematic and alter the elements of these ecosystems, for which:

- Do not leave any waste.

- There will damage flora and other natural elements of the environment, or collecting, or moving them or moving them from place.

- Be careful where we tread, we try to stay on paths and tracks and will tread as little as possible out of them.

- We will avoid being loud without making loud sounds and talk quietly to avoid disturbing wildlife or other observers.

3 Shareour activity behavior birds can not be altered.

Tolerance from birds to human discomfort is different depending on the species in question and the time of year. We must try not to disturb them at any time, but, especially, during the breeding season, because we could cause nest abandonment, with the consequent loss of egg laying.

In winter you can spend the same as if we are a feeding ground and prevented, by our presence, keep birds feeding there we are seriously disrupted the chance of survival of those birds.

4 What if we find a breeding bird?.

Birds are especially sensitive at this time of their life cycle, so you should be extremely careful at this time. We will approach not near the nests and if by chance one we try to be the shortest possible time. should not catch or touch eggs and chicks.

5 Can we attract birds with claims mating season?.

Mating season should avoid using lures or recordings to attract the attention of these, especially if it has done repeatedly in one place. Energy expenditure and exposure to predators posed to birds are great dangers to their survival.


6 Migratory birds

Do not disturb migratory birds resting or feeding at stops performing. His condition is generally poor and need rest to regain strength and continue their journey.


7 Roosts.

At the end of the breeding season and during the autumn-winter, there are many species of birds that gather to sleep in communal camps, in specific roosting or shared with other species. If we approached a roosting we have shown the same precautions with birds breeding or resting in their migrations.


8 Weak birds or unfavorable weather conditions.

After a snowstorm or rainstorm and wind should keep a safe distance with birds, although these do not run away, because it may be because you are weak and effort of the flight can be fatal. It acts wisely and monitors their behavior changes.

9 WithI'm a wounded bird is, dead or in danger should always be alert.

If we locate a bird in any of these circumstances will notify the SEPRONA (Tel. 112) or services Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León. (Tfno. 975 226611) under no circumstances try to manipulate or move.

If the bird is dead is very important not to touch the body, because if there had been poisoned toxic, contact, without gloves, they are very lethal.

10 No should harass species vagrants or rarities.

Rare or vagrant species have an ornithological potential that can make many people move to look at it from far away. The spread its presence in a territory may cause discomfort so we must avoid harassing or disturbing them unnecessarily.

SEO / Birdlife has Rarities Committee where you can send our appointment. This information will help shape the List of Birds of Spain and get the patterns of the presence of these birds in Spain.

11 Respect the regulations on the protection of birds at all times.

The birds are protected by law (Law 42/2007 of the Natural Heritage and Biodiversity) which ensures the conservation of wild native species.

12 Respect the rights of farm owners.

The rights of the owners of the farm where we want to go birding must always be respected. Not enter these farms without prior permission and not leave the permitted routes is essential for the conservation of species.

In agricultural and pastoral areas it is important not to block the footsteps of roads, tracks and farms with our vehicles. Remember that the local population makes constant use of them in their daily tasks.

13 Respect the rights of peoplein the observation area.

When coincide in the zone with more visitors, you should be aware that they have the same rights as you enjoy the natural environment and its avifauna.

Act respectful and generous way with other users, it contributes to a positive image of the group of birdwatchers.

14 Shareyour appointments with others local observers.

Much of how much or little is known of the birds in an area is the result of the appointments that have voluntarily shared tens or hundreds of observers.

Share your appointments for a better understanding and greater protection and conservation of birds.

15 Behave how you would like others to behave in your area.

Good behavior and compliance with these simple rules, makes observers ambassadors for conservation of birds and their habitats.

It is also important to let our presence be felt in the productive fabric of the area, consuming local products and use in local hotels and restaurants.

Code of ethics for bird watching

To learn more and watch the birds in their natural habitat, we suggest you access the Code of ethics for bird watching published by SEO Birdlife Spain, a comprehensive guide to everything you have to know your trips for bird watching.

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Complete Guide to Birds

Meet the birds that you can see in the province of Soria in a very detailed way using this guide created by SEO Birdlife Spain, where you can view data regarding dates and locations of sightings and its main characteristics.

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Bird watching Soria, It is coordinated by the Department of Development and Tourism of the project Excma. Diputación. Provincial de Soria.


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