Should you bring your own bins and ´scope?

Absolute minimum is your own pair of binoculars.

Although your Guide will have a pair, (and usually a 'scope as well), it's always best if you bring your own, as if you're using his, he's going to have a hard job finding you the birds. A 'scope is not always essential, but it certainly comes in handy on the Plains of the Alentejo as well as in other situations.

A decent Birding Field Guide will make your holiday that much more enjoyable and we recommend Collins Bird Guide (2nd edition) ISBN 978-0-00-726726-2.

For Dragonflies we recommend Dijkstra and Lewington's "Field Guideto the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe", ISBN 0-9531399-4-8

For Butterflies we recommend "Butterflies of Britain and Europe" ISBN 978-1-4081-0474-3