Bird watching short break to Lleida in Spain

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bird watching short break to Lleida in Spain

Environment

1. Wildlife. We are conservationists and are concerned about and with not just the protection of birds but also their habitats. In the area surrounding Lleida we are actively involved in direct conservation measures such as supplementary feeding of rare birds of prey, the construction and placement of nest boxes, the maintenance of lekking areas for Little Bustards, the maintenance of breeding sites for Lesser Kestrels, etc. We have also initiated awareness-raising campaigns through the edition of books, educational games, meetings etc and in particular the celebration of an International Raptor Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Meeting in spring 2015.

2. Transport. We expressly incorporate the use of the train as the most recommendable and sustainable low carbon energy transport from the probable point of origin (Barcelona) to the holiday destination (Lleida). Not only does this ensure reduced carbon emissions for this particular trip, but it also provides a good opportunity to publicize the excellent and efficient rail network to travellers who would otherwise be unaware of it.

Community

1. Friends and neighbours. We know where to find most things local, and if we don't know ourselves we know who and how to ask! We support our neighbours by staying at small, rural and usually family-run establishments. At such places they are well aware of our comings and goings, our reason for being there, and the attractions and services which interest us the most. Our patronage at some of the small establishments we use can signify a significant source of very welcome income for staff and even proprietors at a time of year when standard type tourism is often at a low ebb.

2. Travelling with respect. We work to create and maintain good relationships between tourists and the local community. We use small rural establishments which help to raise the local profile of the nature traveller when we visit. We frequent local cafés and bars for refreshments, and will often visit local information centres and sites of special interest. There is no language barrier for us, so we have no difficulties in asking for information or explaining our activities and impressions to local people. We do our utmost not to stand out in any undesirable fashion, but to make some show of our interest in the natural environment.

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