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27 February, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1 March, 2015 @ 4:00 pm


Like every year, the Extremadura Birdwatching Fair (FIO 2015) will be held in an emblematic place for birdwatching professionals and amateurs in the south of Europe: Villareal de San Carlos, in the heart of the Monfragüe National Park.

During FIO 2015 there will be conferences, visits to Monfragüe National Park, workshops and all kind of activities for children, one of the strengths of FIO. We will also get to know the latest news in the world of nature tourism and photography from over 70 companies and organizations that will be present at the fair.

Monfrague FIO 2015

Poster FIO 2015

FIO 2015 will have an exhibitor zone divided in three areas. The first one will be devoted to the sale of optical and photography products. The second one will focus on the travel and tourism industry, where companies, public institutions and associations interested in the promotion of ornithological and nature tourism will be located. And, lastly, there will be an art and nature area where painters, sculptors and artists will display their work.

This year, FIO will also have three tents or zones for conferences and presentations. As in previous editions, there will be a general conference programme, with talks about difference topics related to ornithology, nature tourism and the information of conservation programmes, and a second conference programme specifically devoted to photography (FotoFIO).

As a novelty, this year there will be a third programme of presentations on the art of nature, where the artists present at FIO will show the everyday life of their creative work, and will interact with the people.

Where to stay and how to get to FIO

The city with the greatest hotel offer is Plasencia, a small monumental city which is well worth a visit. From there we can reach the FIO in a private vehicle in about 30 minutes.

FIO’s connection to the nearby towns by public transport is one of the outstanding points from previous editions. Unfortunately, unless we have a last-minute surprise, this year it won’t be possible either to attend FIO by public transport.

FotoFIO 2015 Programme

FotoFIO has confirmed the first conference programme. Here you can find the list of conferences and workshops that will be carried out. You can also download the programme in the following link: FOTOFIO 2015 Programme


Saturday, 28th february 2015 Lectures
10,30 – 11,00 h. Presentation of FOTOFIO 2015
Atanasio Fernández García
Directorate General of Enviroment. Government of Extremadura
11,00 – 11,30 h. Photographing Birds of Prey
Javier Coso
11,30 – 12,00 h. Bird Photography over the years
René Pop
12,00 – 12,30 h. Creative Bird Photography
Uge Fuertes Sanz
12,30 – 13,30 h. Different stages
José Pesquero Gómez
13,30 – 14,00 h. Awarda Ceremony of the FIO  2015 “Wild Birds”
16,30 – 17,00 h. Photographing in Chaos
Kiko Arcas
17,00 – 17,30 h. Tribute to David Álvarez
Rubén Martínez Fraga
17,30 – 18,00 h. Wild Provocation
Marina Cano


Sunday, 1st March 2015 Workshops
11,00 – 12,00 h. Digiscoping V.2., a Jump in Quality
Marcos Lacasa
Previous registration required at concurso@fioextremadura.es
12,00 – 13,00 h. Creative Techniques in Nature Photography
Mario Cea
Previous registration required at concurso@fioextremadura.es

During the FotoFIO sessions, FIO 2015 will raffle a Canon EOS 70D camera with an EF-S 18-55 IS STM lens. To participate in the raffle you just need to attend at least two talks during the morning session and one during the evening session on Saturday, 28 February 2015. The drawing will take place the following day at 13:00 at the FotoFIO tent.

FIO 2015 Décimo Aniversario

FIO 2015 Tenth Anniversary

FIO 2015 General Conference Programme

Juan Varela, illustrator of the poster of FIO 2015, will open the cycle of talks on 27 February with his conference “The Art of Birds”. He will talk about the origins of bird illustration, how to draw moving birds and the importance of illustration in the information and conservation of the natural environment.

On 28 February we can attend lectures by Antoni Margalida, who will talk about the conservation of the Bearded Vulture in the Pyrenees; David Lindo, who will enlighten us with his birdwatching experiences in big cities throughout the world; Stephen Moss, who will give his conference “Birds and Wildlife Around the World. Behind the Scenes in the BBC Natural History Unit”, and Killian Mullarney, who will show us the changes registered in bird identification during the last forty years.

The presence of Jovan Andevski at FIO 2015 has also been confirmed. In his conference named “Reintroducing Vultures in Europe and the Importance of Spanish Collaboration”, he will talk about the work developed with the four European vulture species and about the role of Extremadura and other Spanish regions in this international project.

 You can download the programme in the following link: Conferences Programme FIO2015

Friday, 27th February 2015 Conferences
11,00 h. Inaugural conference Bird art
Juan Varela
12,00 h. Birds on the radio
José Luis Gallego
13,00 h. Ornithological tourism, a strategic decision to Extremadura
Victor del Moral. Councillor for Tourism


Sábado, 28 de febrero de 2015 Conferences
11,00 h. Kikinda, capital of the Owl
Milan Ružić
11,30 h. Birds and wildlife around the world. Behind the Scenes Natural History Unit of the BBC
Stephen Moss
12,00 h. Urban Birding in cities worldwide
David Lindo, The Urban Birder
12,30 h. Importance of monitoring long-term conservation of endangered species: The case of vultures in the Pyrenees
Antoni Margalida
13,00 h. The art of bird identification
Killian Mullarney
13,30 h. Strategies for conserving variety of species in Extremadura. Present and Future
Enrique Julián Fuentes.
14,00 h. Strategies for conserving variety of species in 20 years of the recovery plan of vultures in Aragón. Impact and tourism development
Pablo Munilla
16,30 h. Festival of migrating birds. Pioneering event in Spain
Alejandro García
17,00 h. Birds and conservation in the remote southeastern Senegal
José M. Fernández
17,30 h. Ebird Spain. The observation of birds in the XXI century
Yerai Seminario
18,00 h. Batumi, the great show of migration
Rafa Benjumea
18,30 h. Extremadura, land that more flies
Joaquín Araujo


Sunday, 1st March 2015 Lectures
11,00 h. The largest international network of exclusive reserves dedicated to nature tourism and photography
Skua Nature
11,30 h. Reintroduction of vultures in Europe and the importance of collaboration with Extremadura (Spain)
Jovan Andevski
12,00 h. Long-legged buzzard in Spain: Status, hybridization and identify problems
Javier Elorriaga
12,30 h. Illustrating birds: The Importance of editorial illustration in ornithology
Diego Ortega
13,00 h. Presentation of the Points of Interests Birdwatching in the Miajadas-Trujillo Shire
Manuel García
13,30 h. About the singing of birds: a tour of the soundscapes of Extremadura
Carlos de Hita


Saturday, 28th February 2015 Sounds workshops of nature and Monfragüe walks
From 9,00 to 11,00 h and from 17,00 to 19,00 h Discovery of birdsong Workshop
From 12,00 to 14,00 h and from 16,00 to 18,00 h Walk where learning to observe birds with Young Birders (Activity for Children and Families)


Sunday, 1st March 2015 Sounds workshops of nature and Monfragüe walks
From 9,00 to 11,00 h and from 12,00 to 13,30 h Discovery of birdsong Workshop
11,30 h Field trip with Quercus


27 February, 2015 @ 10:00 am
1 March, 2015 @ 4:00 pm


Government of Extremadura


Villarreal de San Carlos
Monfragüe National Park Cáceres 10695 España + Google Map

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