When it comes to bird watching (and we mean the feathered kind!) Gibraltar is the place to be. Not only does it enjoy an abundance of wildlife in the sea and on land but because of Gibraltar’s strategic geographical location it also enjoys a unique array of bird life . Each Spring and Autumn, the Rock becomes a staging post for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds flying between their breeding grounds in Northern Europe and their wintering areas in tropical Africa.
The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS), founded in 1976, is a non-governmental, membership-based organization committed to research into and conservation of nature in Gibraltar and the region of the Strait of Gibraltar. They have put together a list of 311 species known to have occurred in Gibraltar, including the resident species such as Peregrine Falcons, Blue Rock Thrush and Gibraltar’s own Barbary Partridge. GONHS are the people to contact should you be interested in bird watching and are contactable through www.gonhs.org. As they say on their website ‘Birdwatchers and others with an interest in nature are always welcome.’