Madeira is a wild, rough and verdant green island, situated roughly 850 kms southwest of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. Together with the much smaller and drier island of Porto Santo and the saw-toothed crescent of the Desertas islands, it forms a small archipelago that is a splendid destination for nature lovers and hikers. The misty laurel forests and sunny peaks are packed with a rare, unique flora and fauna, while whales, dolphins, sea turtles and a large numbers of seabirds patrol the surrounding ocean.
Dirk Hilbers is a biologist and initiator of the Crossbill Guides Foundation. He traveled throughout Europe for his guides; this is his 25th title.
Kees Woutersen is a nature and travel expert with many years of experience as a tour guide and bird guide. He has written several books about birds and nature, including five earlier Crossbill Guides.