In order to allow a broader public to visit this hotspot for bird migration, BRC arranges homestays with local families in the village near one of the count sites. They host you with true honest Georgian hospitality, and provide you with private rooms, breakfast, lunch (or picknick) and diner whenever you want. With your visit you support the local economy and our project!
We have different opportunities for you to join the Batumi Raptor Count. The first one is to be a part asfull time counter for at least 2 weeks. During this time you will monitor raptors from one of the stations and live in the BRC headquarters with other counters and the coordinators. If you don't like the obligation of counting for two weeks, you can come as a visitor. We provide you with a homestay at a local family, you are free to go wherever you like and we even offer transport service to local bird watching spots.
Our project revolves around the Batumi bottleneck, situated in the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, South-West Georgia. Our project headquarters is located in Sakhalvasho, a small village just north of Batumi, on the hill close to Makhinjauri. Our office, volunteer residence and all of our homestays are located there, as well as one of our count stations.
Apart from the famous raptor migration in autumn, the region around Batumi holds plenty of excellent birding locations nearby that are worth a visit year-round. Discover the bird life and the unique beauty of Ajara with Batumi Raptor Count! We offer five trips to different destinations in the region, not far from Batumi and the village of Sakhalvasho. Our BRC guides are young local people who speak English at least on a basic level and know the area well.
In September 2012 the Department of Tourism and Resorts of Ajara, under the guidance of Mr. Mamuka Berdzenishvili, has constructed the first platform for raptor observation in the bottleneck of Batumi, assisted and advised by BRC.