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Birdwatching in Mallorca

La Gola birdwatching centre to reopen in February

One of Mallorca's greatest assets is that no matter where you are based, a town, resort or city, within minutes you can be in touch with nature and the great outdoors. Take Puerto de Pollensa, for example, a well known resort famous for its long sandy beach and genteel atmosphere and yet right on its doorstep, practically within sight of the shops bars and restaurants, a fantastic nature reserve can be found.

a hoopoe in mallorca

The 'La Gola' reserve is a stretch of marshy ground which attracts a myriad of birds – the gull, hoopoe, (photo) crossbill, osprey and spotted flycatcher – to name just a few and which from February 1st 2016 have a completely renovated and fully functioning visitor centre. Pollensa council have found a company who will run the centre with the aim of attracting more tourists to the resort in the off season and birdwatchers (along with hikers, and sports people) are seen as the ideal target market to help 'deseasonalise' the year.

There is a thriving birdwatching community in Mallorca, who appreciate not only the number and variety of birds which visit the island throughout the year, but the beautiful natural habitat and surroundings on view. Thanks to a British resident of Puerto de Pollensa and keen ornithologist, Andy Simpson, thousands more people will get to know about Mallorca birdlife.

He has produced and edited 70,000 wonderful calendars of the birds and scenery of Mallorca which will be included in two of Britain's specialist publications; Bird Watching and Country Walking and some will be available at the La Gola reserve when it opens.

The photos in the calendar were taken all over Mallorca; La Gola, Albufera, Boquer Valley, Sierra Tramuntana and so on, and give a wonderful view of the multifaceted tourism that the island offers its visitors. Aren't they fantastic?

To learn more about it, have a look at Mallorca Birdwatching by clicking the link.