Save the Valencia Piping Plover Photographic Expedition

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Photographic Expedition Save the Valencian Piping Plover Piping Plover – Image cc Zeynel Cebeci

The Generalitat of Valencia is organizing a photographic expedition to Albufera wetlands to help save the Piping Plover as part of World Environment Day celebrations in the region.

The exclusion announced on June 9 will allow anyone interested in learning more about the local birdlife to participate in a guided photographic tour of the wetlands and surrounding areas.

In particular, the visit will look at the problems faced by the Piping Plover, which is endemic and breeds in the area. Trained tour guides will provide those joining the tour with a better understanding of the bird, its breeding patterns, and the challenges the species faces.

Photographers will also have the opportunity to photograph the bird in its natural environment, as well as its nests and young. The hope is that those who join the tour will be able to tell the plight of the Piping Plover.

The species is threatened by dogs and people who regularly hunt them, as well as those who do not respect established physical boundaries. High-speed cyclists and other moving vehicles are also a problem for the bird, which typically nests on the ground.

The Department of Nature intends to use the photographs to launch a global online campaign to raise awareness of the damage done to areas where the birds breed.

When: Sunday, June 19

Time: 6 p.m.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Distance: 1.6km

Difficulty: Low

Where: Estany del Pujol, Valencia

Clothing: Reasonable shoes and walking clothes (beach and national park)

Other: Bring water, snacks and mosquito spray

The visit is free except that there is a supplement of 6 € for the ferry on the lake.

Only those who register will be allowed on the tour and you will need to be in possession of a camera. Camera phones are not allowed and you must be of legal age to participate.

To register, call 96 386 80 50.

It promises to be a fantastic but also important day in that those who participate in the photographic expedition can help save the Piping Plover.


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