The Mallorca Birding Race is the first event of its type in the Balearics. | Archive

This weekend there will be a marathon birdwatching event which covers various parts of Majorca. Teams from home and abroad will be vying to identify as many types of bird possible at spots in the Tramuntana, in the Boquer Valley (Pollensa), the Albufera nature park, on the Arta peninsula, in the south of the island, in Calvia, and at S'Albufereta (Alcudia/Puerto Pollensa) and La Gola in Puerto Pollensa.

The presentation of the event - the "Mallorca Birding Race" - was made today at La Gola. It is the first of its type to be held in the Balearics. Participants need to be in teams of between three and five people and register via the website

The official reception for participants will be on Friday in Palmanova, and from midnight the event will start. It will last for 24 hours, during which time the teams have to identify as many birds as possible either visually or by song.

The race is an initiative of the Majorca Tourism Foundation and has the backing of various town halls - Alcudia, Calvia, Muro, Pollensa, Ses Salines - as well as the Council of Majorca and the Playa de Muro hoteliers association.