The Natural Heritage Foundation of the Regional Government of Castile and León has created the Trino project to give people access to Iberian birdlife through a series of selected routes that ensure maximum respect for the environment.Turismo Castilla y León This project got under way recently and offers excursions at weekends throughout April, May and June in virtually every area of the region. The project was presented at the spectacular Arribes del Duero canyons that run alongside the Portuguese border. The excursions follow specially prepared routes that offer the best bird-watching opportunities in each area, all the necessary optical equipment, a guide who helps visitors find the most elusive birds, as well as a support car that is used to cover certain sections of some routes. Although the maximum number of visitors per route is limited to 16, there is no minimum, which means that excursions will only be cancelled due to bad weather. Most of the excursions last four or five hours, some sections being covered on foot and others by car. In the case of the Arribes del Duero route in Zamora province, the excursion also includes a two-hour boat trip through the canyons.
It is estimated that 218 different species inhabit the skies over Castile and León and make their nests there, making it the region with the highest percentage of land classified as Special Protection Areas. The Trino project gives ornithologists the chance to visit several emblematic areas of natural beauty, including the Lagunas de Villafáfila (Zamora), the Sierra de Gredos and the Picos de Europa mountain range, part of which is situated in León province.
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