Menorca birds and wildlife
Menorca is a haven to wildlife. The natural park S'Albufera D'Es Grau is the heart of Menorca's biosphere reserve and a favourite spot for birdwatchers. While Son Bou has a large protected wetland that sees a huge variety of migratory and local birds - from Crested Cormorants to Marbled Ducks. Rare species like the Black Lizard and Dragonmouth plant thrive on the Isla del Aire, and on your travels you may well see a Red Kite or Booted Eagle wheeling overhead.
Did you know?• At the festival of Sant Antoni, locals bring their pets to the Priest for a public blessing. Dogs, cats, birds, horses, ferretts - goldfish!
• There is a large indigenous population of spur-thighed Tortoises living wild in Menorca.
• There are no foxes on Menorca. Strangely, there is a healthy rabbit population. Could there be a connection?
Top tips• Take a leisurely stroll around a resort's quieter areas and you may be rewarded with the sight of a brightly coloured Hoopoe searching the hedgerows for lunch.
• Cats in Need looks after the sick and injured homeless cats around the island. To make a donation or sponsor a cat call Janice Bockling on: 0034 610012628.
• Good news for animal lovers. There is no bullfighting in Menorca.