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Georg started birdwatching at the age of 13 - so over 30 years ago. He studied Biology and Geography in Cologne, Germany and worked there as a teacher. First participation on bird-censuses during high-school (Atlas of wintering birds in Germany, WINK et al.) later starting a project to protect a wetland-area wich after 5 years of work and writing his thesis about this area and the process, succeeded - the wetland is now a nature-reserve (NSG) and one of the most important sites for waders and waterfowl, including nesting Black-necked Grebes, in this part of Germany
Visiting Portugal in the 1980's for the first time, he came regulary since the mid 1990's and finaly settled in the Algarve, near Faro, in 2005.

Georg worked for the major portuguese bioengenering-companys and in 2008 and 2009, surveying the impact of wind-turbines on the local bird populations and migratory birds. In the Algarvian Serra and the Baixo Alentejo, this included call-identification of songbirds all around the year, transects for "steppe" birds, including key-species like both Bustard-species, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Stone Curlew, Calandra Larks and others. But one of the main targets is the monitoring of the birds of prey in these areas - Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata amongst others species.
Georg speaks fluently English, German and Portuguese.

Throughout the passed years, Georg guided birdwatching-groups (up to 14 people and 16 days) in Southern Portugal for the following major tour-operators: Albatros-Tours (D), birdingtours (D), Arcatour (CH), Wildlife Travel (UK), Birdwave (SE) and others. Further Trips with other tour-operators are planned.

Guiding Day-Tours in 2008 and 2009 included groups from the University of the Algarve UALG, the Quinta do Lago Golf Resort, the Portuguese Society for bird- studies SPEA, the Algarve Tourism Board ATA, as well as for many guest houses along the Algarve coast. In late summer and autumn I guided groups on pelagic-boat trips out the western cape together with the portuguese dolphin-watching company marilimitado, recently more often with Passeios Ria Formosa in Fuzeta.

And last but not least the countless Day-trips, with 1-4 people (from various nationalitys, but about 80% British!), headed to see Bustards and other steppe-birds in the Alentejo, or exploring the Algarvian wetlands for waders and the local specialities... There is always something to do !

Please find Testimonials about my work here.

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