Native birds of prey which are frequently sighted include Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Red Kites and Peregrine. Hoopoe, Blue Rock Thrush and Bee-eater are also commonly seen on the island.
Lying approximately 240km southeast of Barcelona, the Mediterranean island of Menorca forms part of the Balearic archipelago that separates the continents of Europe and Africa. Combined with its temperate climate and diverse landscape - small towns and villages, agricultural land, pine forests, ravines, wetlands, rocky coastline, natural harbours and over 100 beaches - Menorca has a great diversity of birds all year round.
Menorca is a UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserve', an internationally recognised area of terrestrial and coastal marine systems designed to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. Menorcans are rightly proud of this accolade and have implemented a number of measures to ensure that the island maintains and improves the high quality of its air, sea and land, together with its built environment. This concern for the environment has benefitted both the indigenous and transient avian (and human!) population, resulting in large numbers and varieties of birds throughout the island in all seasons.
Native birds of prey which are frequently sighted include Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Red Kites and Peregrine. Hoopoe, Blue Rock Thrush and Bee-eater are also commonly seen. In spring and summer, the beautiful song of the Nightingale can be heard everywhere, whilst in the autumn and winter, Menorca's location and abundance of food attract over 200 different species of birds using it as winter quarters, breeding grounds or a 'stop-off' en route to Africa.