4 eyes 4 nature-Birdwatching (BW ) as a New Branch of Green Economy in Albania
The project aims to open, develop and sell birdwatching and other wildlife activities as eco-tourism business packages. It will thus develop and stimulate Birdwatching and other wildlife tourism activities through the creation of tourism green packages. The packages would be developed in a full product by AOS in partnership with tourism agencies, tourism associations and partner NGOs.
BIRDWATCHING IN KARAVASTA, NARTA LAGOON AND VALBONA
One day tour in the search of the birds of Godulla e Vogel, Spiaxho, Sopi i Artirit (Divjake-Karavasta National Park)
Karavasta is the most important bird area of Albania due to the elevated number of birds distributed in a rich diversity of different habitats including vast wetlands, rivers (Shkumbini in the north and Semani in the south), small ponds, estuarine waters, pine forests and scruby vegetation, sand dunes, etc.
Karavasta offers temporary or permanent shelter to more than 245 species of birds compared with 330 observed all over Albania. It is well known for the numerous flocks of migrating and wintering birds, spectacular colors of wintering ducks, the stormy flight of migratory waders and the magnificent descent of the Dalmatian Pelican, the iconic bird staying all year around in the park.
Narta lagoon with an area of 3.8 km2 is separated through an embankment and is used for the extraction of salt (Kriporja e Skrofotinës). The area is a wetland complex made up of habitats which form a path for spreading and migration of plant and animal species. Regarding its national importance, Narta ranks as the second most important area in Albania for water birds after Karavasta area. During winter Narta is hosting more than 23% of water birds seen in Albania. With regards to international importance, the area is important for wildlife due to the presence of more than 34,700 individuals. Ducks and Coots are the most common species, representing relatively 4.7% (18,000 individuals) and 3.5% (13,500 individuals) of the total number of birds. Breeding season records a high number of nesting birds relatively from 650 to 850 pairs. Terns and waders are the most common nesting birds. There are 31 bird species considered as rare in Albania while there are 93 species considered as worth preserving for their values in terms as tourism, nature conservation etc. Besides the complex shelters 7 Globally Endangered species including the Dalmatian Pelican, Lesser Kestrel, Pygmy Cormorant, White-tailed Eagle, Great Spotted Eagle, Ferruginous Duck, White-headed Duck etc.
Valbona Valley and the Alps
Dragobi-Cerem – it is a route in between forests, alpine meadows and mountainous paths joining Valbona with the village of Cerem. It offers a striking mountainous landscape as well as a very rich wildlife including birds and mammals. The route is very interesting for wildlife observations, particularly in the early morning hours. One could easily observe more than 50 species of forest birds. It is very likely to observe also large mammals as the Wild Goat (Rupicapra rupicapra) and the Wolf (Canis lupus). Some existing marked trails facilitate the visitors walk.
Standards for participation in a Birdwatching or wildlife tour.
Our standard scheduled tours are a maximum of 16 participants with 1-2 expert tour leaders. All of our tours can be scheduled for individuals, couples and small private groups.
This will depend on the number of participants, however our prices are the lowest for a tour to Divjake-Karavasta, but price is also depending on the location that the group selects.
Focus of our tours:
Our main focus on our birding and nature tours is primarily on birds, however we always employ 2 leaders experts on birds, butterflies, flora and culture. This also allows us to cater for participants who would like to devote more time to photography and alternative flora and fauna so without having a negative effect on the participants focused mainly on seeing birds.
“Shpendet dhe Gjitaret e Shqiperise” by Taulant Bino, Haki Zoto, Ferdinand Bego.
“Birdwatchers” Code of Conduct
1. The welfare of birds must come first
2. Habitat must be protected
3. Keep disturbance to birds and their habitat to a minimum
4. When you find a rare bird think carefully about whom you should tell
5. Do not harass rare migrants
6. Abide by the Bird Protection Acts at all times
7. Respect the right of landoweners
8. Respect the right of other people in the contryside
9. Make your records available to the local bird recorder
10. Behave abroad as you would when birdwatching at home