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Spanish Nature are different from other Companies offering birding Holidays on the following important points:

High quality and comfort of accommodation, food, transport and all other aspects of the tour are as important to us as the birding itself.

We provide alternative programs. Spanish Nature understands that when a couple travel together, sometimes one has less interest in the actual birding and prefers to enjoy other aspects of the visited holiday destination.

Travelling together as friends, this is our philosophy, because we want to enjoy the tour as much as you and we also want to be an integral part of the group.

Our birding guides are of an extremely high standard, maybe this is not necessary to say, but of course we want to assure you, that you will really see all possible birds.

Nature Tours in Spain - brief description

 

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1. Birding Days - Serrania de Ronda

2. Birding Days - Granada Province

3. Birding Days - Doñana and Huelva Province

4. Birding Days - Almería Province

5. Birding Days - Jaen Province

6. Birding Days - Castilla La Mancha

7. Day Tour - Walking in Flowers

8. Spain - 3 days Short Breaks

9. Spring Birding Tour Southern Spain

10. Raptor Migration Strait of Gibraltar

11. Spain - From Mountains to Doñana

12. Spain - Photographers Paradise

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Peter's Blog - Introduction to Spain

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To catch-up on the news here and with our tours take a look at Peter's Blog. Peter gives his personal account on our activities as well as writing some insights to both the area and himself. Trip reports, articles, personal stories and lots of photographs, always worth a read and lots of interesting updates for all our many friends here at Spanish Nature!

 

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1. Birding Days - Serrania de Ronda

A unique and diverse habitat

bonellis-warbler1Whether you enjoy spectacular scenery or fauna and flora, then this personally guided tour of the Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema is for you! With mountains and hills predominately of limestone, the bio-diversity of the Serranía and Sierras is stunning. From rocky outcrops, mountaintop and valleys, the tour will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Spain. Birds of interest are virtually guaranteed, though of course time of year and the weather, will dictate the number and type of species you will see. Accompanied by your own expert tour guide, you will waste no time searching for those elusive ‘best bird areas’. Your guide will be able to assist beginners and discuss the area with visiting experienced birders. So whatever your level of expertise, there will be much to reward your trip.

 

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2. Birding Days - Granada Province

A real wildlife experience

 

thekla-larkIf you want to experience the real Spain or just escape from the hustle and bustle of the Costa’s, then come and enjoy a trip into the countryside of Granada Province. The tours are centred on the area to the west of the City of Granada in the area around Loja the provinces second largest town. Just an hour from the coast, this area has a fantastic mix of habitats, ranging from high mountain tops, reed beds, open water, woodland, scrub and agricultural plains. The province has something for every one, from the beginner just wishing to get to grips with the commoner birds, to the experienced lister looking for those hard to find species. Whatever your level of experience the local guide will be able to take you to the best sites, so that the beginner can see as wider range of species as possible and the more experienced birder can catch up with that elusive record.

 

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3. Birding Days - Doñana and Huelva Province

The choice is yours

foto2The province of Huelva is always ready to create unforgettable memories: the flight of cranes at dawn, the music of a waterfall by a footpath, the mysticism of a Moorish fortress, the gliding of a giant black vulture over our heads, the man who never existed, the last beam of sunlight of Andalusia, the announcement of the spring arrival by bee-eaters or the challenging look of a fighting bull are a minimal example of everything what Nature and the charming corners of Huelva offer us.

Coto Doñana is located in South-western Spain between the provinces of Seville, Cadiz and Huelva, though most of its territory is in the latter. Its privileged nature has granted world renown to it. At present there are near 110.000 hectares protected between National Park and Nature Reserve. For thousands of years humans have been living in the area and have transformed the landscape, creating the current Doñana.

 

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4. Birding Days - Almería Province

Sierra Alhamilla and Andarax badlands

3t9p4365---yellow-legged-gullFirst time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the tremendous variety this province has to offer and, more and more people every year are discovering not only the sun soaked beaches and crystal clear water but also the natural beauty of this part of Spain. It is a land of geographic contrasts with long sandy beaches and also small secluded coves, desert areas and fertile expanses with varied vegetation, and high mountains and extensive plains. From the snows of the Sierra Nevada you can drive to the only desert in Europe (Sierra de Alhamilia) in about an hour.
 

Bird species change with altitude and vegetation. During our Day Tour we will pass through the different habitats as: oak groves, pine groves, rocky mountains, desert gorges, badlands, ramblas or orchards in the typical village of Turrillas.

 

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5. Day Tour - Jaen Province

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Spanish Nature are very happy to offer you a new destionation for birding Day Tours in Andalucia. The Province of Jaen offers some of the best wilderness landscapes in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, and an abundance of nature to match. Jaen has the highest proportion of natural protected area in Spain. Our guide José Luis is a native of Jaen Province. His guiding couples a long-life enthusiasm for nature with unrivalled expert knowledge. We have designed 2 Day Tours to choose from (or perhaps it is better make time to do both).
The first tour visits Sierra de Cazorla - Spain's largest natural park. A real must! The second tour visits Sierra Magina, the domain of the Golden Eagle...

 

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6. Day Tour - Castilla La Mancha

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No other place in Spain offers such quality birding like the Almagro area in La Mancha. Located in the  Ciudad Real province, in the centre of Spain and just in the border with Andalucia, 1.579.764 Ha. of protected areas await the visitor including 2 National Parks and the most outstanding steppe areas of Southern Spain. The Tablas de Daimiel N.P., one of fourteen Spain’s gems, can surprise the keen birdwatcher with superb views of endangered birds such as White-Headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Moustached Warbler, Bearded Tit or the witherby subspecies of the Reed Bunting. Moreover, the Calatrava area brings exciting chances for seeing the top five of the European steppe birds in just one day, namely Great & Little Bustard, Pin-Tailed & Black Belied Sandgrouse, or the cryptic Stone Curlew. The Calatrava Steppes are specially attractive in winter time, when the hypnotized eye of the visitor can enjoy with big flocks of several hundreds of Bustards and Sandgrouses together. Big Eagles, like Imperial, Golden & Bonelli’s, and Vultures as Griffon & Black complete the backdrop of the Ciudad Real province.

 

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7. Day Tour - Walking in Flowers

An area of great natural diversity

 

broad-leafed-irisIf you love scenery, flowers or just like to stroll amidst nature’s wonders, then this day tour is an opportunity to treat yourself to a great day out! Accompanied by a local guide you will visit areas unlikely to be found on your own. There is no substitute for local knowledge and conditions, so you will be able to find those elusive plant species and at the same time be surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery that Spain has to offer. With a plant list of almost 2000 species, the area is incredibly diverse. Limestone, sedimentary and sandy soils make for a spectacular array of plant life. The two main parks around the centrally located town of Ronda exceed 150,000 hectares of wild space with both parks enjoying the status of UNESCO Biosphere reserves. The pace of these day tours are relaxed and designed to introduce the visitor to the natural wonders of this truly beautiful part of Spain.

 

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8. Spain - 3 days Short Breaks

Serrania de Ronda and ... your choice

ibixWhy not consider a mini-adventure and visit the most exotic areas of the Andalucía interior and its famous wetlands? Spanish Nature offers 3 day - Short Breaks with a minimum of only 2 people needed for any of these trips to proceed. To make these tours even more attractive you are able to decide on your own tour dates and places within Andalucia where to go. We will do the rest. The tour has been designed for those wishing to visit Andalucía and to do so in such a way as to provide a relaxed and comfortable experience. We believe this a great chance to see another wonderful country and enjoy the very special atmosphere that makes Andalucía and its wildlife so inviting.

 

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9. Spring Birding Tour Southern Spain

sierradelaplatasThe "Classic southern Spanish birding tour" visiting two of the richest birding areas in Europe. On this spring tour, we cover a rich variety of landscape and habitats travelling from the mouth of the Rio Guadalquivir in Huelva province’s Atlantic coast, to the Rio Guadarranque that flows down from the sierras to the Mediterranean.

The Doñana National Park, which we will visit during the first 3 days, covers almost half a million acres and is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and is home to an abundance of wildlife, in particular resident and migratory birds. The unspoilt Costa de la Luz, will be the area where we will spend the next four days, exploring the very best birding sites inland.

 

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10. Raptor Migration Strait of Gibraltar

spanish-imperial-eagleAn ornithological holiday in which you will see one of the most fantastic sights in raptor migrations. Thousands of raptors and other bird species often fly and soar across the short crossing from mainland Europe to the continent of Africa each day. Each autumn we have over 600,000 recorded birds passing through what is essentially a funnel at the southern tip of Spain. We have over 80 recorded migratory species of which there are over 190,000 raptors making the journey across to Africa! Raptors, more than any other family of birds, exhibit massive, visible, and far-ranging migrations, while their diversity and abundance in many places are critical indicators of the health of ecosystems.

 

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11. Spain - From Mountains to Doñana

Serrania de Ronda, Tarifa and Doñana

short-toed-eagleThe area of the Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema is breathtaking and the birds offer variety from those we will see as we journey southwards to Tarifa and later to the Doñana area. This tour will combine these three areas.

 

The Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema, is unique and an important area for European birds. Not only is the area rich in breeding species, some four different species of eagle nest here, but also because of its’ close proximity to the Straits of Gibraltar. It is an extremely important feeding area for migrant birds.


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12. Spain - Photographers Paradise

Most attractive birding sites in Andalucía

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Due to special demand from several fellow travellers, we have designed a Birding Tour, for Photographers only. It should not be a surprise that for this first Photographers only tour we have chosen Andalucía, because Andalucía has it all, and of course it is on our own doorstep, we know how to provide the best opportunities!

 

We will form 2 different groups; one group with an interchange of knowledge between the participants and one group lead by a Professional Wildlife Photographer. Price levels will be different, it all depends on your requirements.

 

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NEW_Europe_Spain_IntroSpain is one of the best places in Europe for birdwatching with well over 500 species recorded and includes more than 270 that breed here, with European-threatened species such as dupont’s lark, purple gallinule, white-headed duck, marbled teal, lammergeier, golden eagle and the endemic Spanish imperial eagle. The variety of birds is due in no small measure to its geographical location between Europe and Africa, straddling the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, with its relief forming an impressive range of habitats and climates. Although we tour most areas in Spain, we have tended to concentrate on the most southerly region Andalusia.

Andalusia is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe and deserves more attention from the travelling naturalist. It is a province rich in wildlife diversity, history and culture from the Phoenicians to the Spanish Civil War. It is the home of flamenco and bull fighting traditions and was the most favoured area in Spain for such characters as Hemingway and Orson Welles. Due to an extremely pleasant climate, its natural beauty, as well as exquisite cuisine, Andalusia is one of the most attractive areas on the Mediterranean.

However, all of these great assets pale in comparison to some of the richest and most diverse natural areas in the Paleartic. As a meeting point of Europe and Africa, Andalusia offers a very impressive variety of unusual fauna and flora. Here the normally mild Mediterranean clashes, in the famous Strait of Gibraltar, with the wild and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean forming large salty lagoons and wide rivers. Extensive forests, open cultivated plains, olive trees, oaks, pinsapo (Spanish) firs, high cliffs, secluded beaches and the most important sand dunes and marshes in Europe can be found in this region. The highest mountain ranges in all of Iberia are also found here, climbing to more than 12,000 feet above sea level.

For the bird watcher the southern reaches of Andalusia hold the most fantastic opportunities to witness one of life’s natural wonders ‘bird migration’. Europe and Africa are separated by only 14kms of ocean at the Strait of Gibraltar’s narrowest point and for millions of years this has served as a short and natural crossing point for thousands of birds during autumn and spring migration periods. Most impressive of the birds crossing the Straits are thousands of raptors including Short-toed and Booted Eagles who are joined by Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, with Honey Buzzard and White Stork also flocking in their thousands. It is an exciting spectacle that all should see once in their lifetime.




Andalucía - Photographers Paradise


Europe_Intro_PhotographyBird photography in spain offers stunning geographical diversity from lush meadows, green valleys, hills and snowy mountains in the Northern regions to almost desert zones in the South. This diversity of landscapes adds to the wealth of interesting and exciting bird species both endemic and migratory. For this tour, completely designed for photographers, we have chosen Andalucía. This is the most southerly province in Spain and one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. It is a province rich in wildlife diversity, history and culture from the Phoenicians to the Spanish Civil War. It is the home of flamenco and bull fighting traditions and was the most favoured area in Spain for such characters as Hemingway and Orson Welles. Due to an extremely pleasant climate, its natural beauty, as well as exquisite cuisine, Andalucía is one of the most attractive areas on the Mediterranean.
 

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From Mountains to Wetlands


Europe_Intro_MountainDonanaFrom the high Sierras to the famous wetlands of the Doñana the whole of this tour is based on our own local guides, using their local knowledge to produce maximum numbers of must-see birds. Along with knowing where the birds are, Spanish Nature has ensured you will also have the time to enjoy them! The timing of the daily trips allows you to relax and enjoy a hectic free and relaxing holiday. The hotels selected are of a very good quality and provide for your comfort and enjoyment. No long walks are scheduled, but plenty of observation stops will be required to get the very best from your visit. Whatever your own level of experience our guides will be there to interpret, assist and make sure you have an unforgettable holiday.
 

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Raptor Migration and so much more


Europe_Intro_RaptorMigrationIf you love your raptors, or birds in general, then this holiday is an absolute must. Literally thousands of raptors make the short sea crossing from Europe to Africa using the Strait of Gibraltar corridor. Our tour concentrates on various vantage points, maximising your opportunities for observing breathtaking scenes of migrating raptors, storks and other species, as they gather to cross the mere 12kms of ocean that separates Europe from Africa. Coming from all across Europe and Scandinavia, birds make their way to the southern reaches of Andalucia to congregate and rest, before making the journey to continental Africa. Precisely because of the short sea crossing between the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa so many birds, particularly raptors, choose this area to find their way to their wintering grounds. It is one of the wonders of our natural world and a spectacle you must witness at least once, however, be warned, having seen it, you will be tempted to visit again and again!
 

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A real wildlife experience

golden-eagle juvenileIf you want to experience the real Spain or just escape from the hustle and bustle of the Costa’s, then come and enjoy a trip into the countryside of Granada Province. The nature tours are centered on the areas surrounding the City of Granada and in the Sierra Nevada. Just an hour from the coast, this area has a fantastic mix of different habitats for birds,  ranging from high mountain tops, reed beds, open water, woodland, scrub and agricultural plains. Granada Province has something for everyone, from the Birder just beginning and wishing to get to grips with the commoner birds, to the experienced Bird Watcher looking for those hard to find bird species. Whatever your level of experience the local birding guide will be able to take you to the best birding sites, so that the beginner can see as wide a range of bird species as possible and the more experienced birder can catch up with that elusive and sought after species!

 

Price details Birding Day - Tour:

Tour dates:

Every day, 7 days a week, all year roundbeeeater

Tour times:

From 10.00 am to 17.00 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.

Price 2013:

Standard Day Tour: 165 Euro minimum charge for up to 3 persons, 55 Euro per each extra person (maximum 8 persons)
Private tours: Exclusive private tours minimum price (based on up to 3 persons) of 175 Euro per day by arrangement

Includes:

Free collection from your accommodation in the Granada area (15km radius), 4x4 transport, use of quality optical equipment

Excluded:

Costs for lunch and drinks. Meal time stop over at a "local" Restaurant.

Tour party:

Minimum 3 or 165 Euro, maximum 8 fellow travellers. Larger groups by prior arrangement
Private and exclusive tours by special arrangement only (see prices above)

mirror-orchidWhy choose a birding day trip with Spanish Nature?

  • A highly personalised guided birding day tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
  • Through experienced birding guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
  • Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the nature guide.
  • Expert or beginners welcomed.
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  • Stopovers in any of the villages by majority consent!
  • Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.

Plus...we treat you as friends sharing a common interest.

 

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Province Granada - Birds and much more.

rollerBecause of the wide range of habitats the area has to offer, the number of  bird species that may be seen is high and in just a single day several habitats can be visited. Some of the most interesting  bird species are found at higher altitudes in the local Sierras including Alpine Accentor, Rock Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Black Wheatear and (Rufous-tailed) Rock Thrush. Raptor’s are a regular feature on the bird watching tours, 4 species of eagle, harriers, kites and most of the smaller bird species have all been recorded. We are fortunate to have small populations of steppe species still breeding in the province including Roller, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Little Bustard & Stone Curlew, all of which are rare and difficult to find. Most people visit the area during the spring and summer but the winter also brings some interesting birds to the area. On the agricultural land in the river valleys around the city of Granada some small flocks of Little Bustards can be found, usually numbering between 150 and 200 and Stone Curlews which can near the 1000 mark.


red-veined-darter-imm maleNot just for the Birder! The whole area abounds with wild flowers, 2000+ species (many endemic to this part of Spain) and orchids. Butterflies (also with several endemic species and sub species listed) are seen in all habitats and in all months of the year. Mammals, dragonflies, reptiles and amphibians are all represented in good numbers. Interesting species are virtually guaranteed, though of course time of year and the weather, will dictate the number and type of species you will see. The range of habitats in this area is of such importance that many of the sites visited are located in Natural or National Parks. Details upon request.

No other place in Spain offers such quality birding like the Almagro area in La Mancha. Located in the  Ciudad Real province, in the centre of Spain and just in the border with Andalucia, 1.579.764 Ha. of protected areas await the visitor including 2 National Parks and the most outstanding steppe areas of Southern Spain.

 

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The Tablas de Daimiel N.P., one of fourteen Spain’s gems, can surprise the keen birdwatcher with superb views of endangered birds such as White-Headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Moustached Warbler, Bearded Tit or the subspecies of the Reed Bunting. Moreover, the Calatrava area brings exciting chances for seeing the top five of the European steppe birds in just one day, namely Great & Little Bustard, Pin-Tailed & Black Belied Sandgrouse, or the cryptic Stone Curlew. The Calatrava Steppes are specially attractive in winter time, when the hypnotized eye of the visitor can enjoy with big flocks of several hundreds of Bustards and Sandgrouses together. Big Eagles, like Imperial, Golden & Bonelli’s, and Vultures as Griffon & Black complete the backdrop of the Ciudad Real province.
 
Vicente Malagón, our guide in the area, has designed 2 Day Tours to choose from. First one will lead the visitor to the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, one of the best wetlands of Spain, with good options for a plethora of endangered birds in a pretty and very little visited area. The second one combines a view of the best Steppe areas of La Mancha with a quick glance of an unspoiled Mediterranean habitat in the Calatrava Fields, a place located just at the north side of worldwide famous Sierra de Andujar.
 
An Extra Tour has been designed for customers interested in enjoying the La Mancha rich birdlife, focused on Eagle-Owl (all year round) and Red-Neck Nightjar (mid May till mid September). 

 

Price details Birding Day - Tour:

 

Tour dates:

Every day, 7 days a week, from November 1st to June 30th, and only weekends from July 1st to October 31st

 

Tour times:

  • Tour 1 (Tablas de Daimiel): from 8.00 am to 14.00 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.
  • Tour 2 (Calatrava Steppes & Mediterranean Forest): up to 6 hours birding either in the morning or in the afternoon/evening (spring & summer season). Timetable to be arranged.
  • Extra Tour for Eagle-Owl & Red-Neck Nightjar:  up to 3 hours, starting 2 hours before sunset.

 

Price 2017:

  • Standard Day Tour: 50 Euros p.p. (minimum 2 people), 30 euros per extra third person, and 20 euros per extra person (maximum 6 persons)
  • Exclusive Private Tour: minimum price of 130 Euro per tour by arrangement (price based max. 2 persons)
  • Extra Tour for Eagle-Owl: 45 Euros p.p. (minimum 2 persons), 20 euros per extra person (maximum 6 persons).

 

Includes:

Free collection from your accommodation at Almagro, transport in comfortable and big 4x4 vehicle, use quality optical equipment, insurance.
Little Picnic with Manchego specialities and Red Wine (Standard & Exclusive Private Tours).

 

Excluded:

Costs for lunch and drinks.

Tour party:

Minimum 2 people or 90 euros. Maximum group size 6 persons

img 5985---purple-heronWhy choose a birding day trip with Spanish Nature?

  • A highly personalised guided birding day tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
  • Through experienced birding guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
  • Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the nature guide.
  • Expert or beginners welcomed.
and...
  • Stopovers in any of the villages by majority consent!
  • Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.

Plus...we treat you as friends sharing a common interest.
 

 

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Tour 1 - Tablas de Daimiel National Park – A haven for endangered birds

img 9994---white-headed-duckNot too much to say about this important wetland set in the centre of Spain. National Park, Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar Site… and a long  list of top birds to see such as: Black-Neck Grebe, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Marbled Duck, Red-Crested Pochard, White-Headed Duck, Lesser Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Collared Pratincole, Gull-Billed Tern, Green Woodpecker, Bee-Eater, Hopooe, Roller, Moustached & Savi’s Warbler, Bearded Tit, Reed Bunting (whitherby). One big river (the Guadiana, with fresh water) joins a salty river (the Ciguela) in a flatland, with long praires of sea lettuce that holds an amazing fauna & flora. The surroundings hosts some more important birdlife, and sightings of Imperial Eagle, Black-Shouldered Kite, Stone Curlew, Little Bustard or even Pin-Tailed Sandgrouse can be a bonus for every tour.
 
Tour 2 - Calatrava Steppes & Mediterranean Forest – A quick glance for some of the most sought after specialties  of Spain
ganga-iberica-oreto-natura-indomitaThe Calatrava Steppes, very close to our quarters in Almagro, hosts the best populations of Bustards & Sandgrouses in the south of Spain. A large area with fields for barley, oats and legominous plants where the very scarce Great & Little Bustard, Pin-Tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouse thrive besieged by cities, roads & motorways in what it is one of their last refuges in La Mancha. In this tour we’ll through a beautiful habitat punctuated by old volcanoes and small rivers that can be dry in the summer season, with healthy populations of Rabbits & Mice that can attract predator such as Golden & Imperial Eagle.
The second part of this tour will be done in the nearby Mediterranean habitat of Calatrava, a place that is in fact the north side of Sierra de Andujar and where the main Iberian raptors can be seen gliding or even hunting in this open woodland. Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Azure-Winged Magpie, Golden Oriole, Spanish Sparrow, Black Stork, Bee-Eater or King-Fisher are other inhabitants of this beautiful area of Spain.
 
 Extra Tour - The Eagle Owl
buho-real-mudela-natura-indomitaA comfortable short trip in the Sierras around Almagro that can give us very good chances for enjoy the the call and the flight of the La Mancha nights, the majestic Eagle-Owl. From mid May to mid September Red-Neck Nightjar can be another common sight that will complete a fantastic day birding in La Mancha.

 

 

foto1Doñana and Huelva Province

The province of Huelva is always ready to create unforgettable memories: the flight of cranes at dawn, the music of a waterfall by a footpath, the mysticism of a Moorish fortress, the gliding of a giant black vulture over our heads, the man who never existed, the last beam of sunlight of Andalusia, the announcement of the spring arrival by bee-eaters or the challenging look of a fighting bull are a minimal example of everything what Nature and the charming corners of Huelva offer us.

 

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Coto Doñana is located in South-western Spain between the provinces of Seville, Cadiz and Huelva, though most of its territory is in the latter. Its privileged nature has granted world renown to it. At present there are near 110.000 hectares protected between National Park and Nature Reserve. For thousands of years humans have been living in the area and have transformed the landscape, creating the current Doñana.
The diversity of habitats gives cover to a varied community of wildlife, some of which are seriously danger of extinction worldwide, like the Spanish Imperial Eagle or the Iberian Lynx.
The beach and the dunes, the woods, the lakes and creeks are some of the typical ecosystems here, though, it is the marshland the most extensive part of Doñana National Park and actually it is the one that gives worldwide importance to the area, on having been considered to be one of the most important wetlands in Europe.

 

Price details Birding Day - Tour:

Tour dates:

Every day, 7 days a week, all year round

Tour times:

From 09.00 am to 18.30 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.

Price 2013:

Standard Day Tour: 55 Euros p.p. (minimum 3 people or price equivelent 165 euro) maximum 8 persons a day.

Private tours: Exclusive private tours for up to 3 people: 175 euro per day (by arrangement)

Includes:

 

Transport from and to your accommodation in the Huelva area, field equipment and bird checklist. VAT and insurance included also.

Excluded:

Costs for lunch and drinks.

Tour party:

Maximum group size 8 persons. Bigger groups are welcome by arrangement

foto6Why choose a birding day trip with Spanish Nature?

  • A highly personalised guided birding day tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
  • Through experienced birding guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
  • Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the nature guide.
  • Expert or beginners welcomed.
and...
  • Stopovers in any of the villages by majority consent!
  • Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.

Plus...we treat you as friends sharing a common interest.

 

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For Bookings you can contact us or by telephone: +34 676 894 674 – Manu Mojarro

 

 

 

 

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Tour 1 Southern Doñana Area

foto2The best places to watch birds in the Doñana Area are on the surroundings of the National Park. We visit the Asperillo, a scrubland on old dunes to look for warblers. Then we go close to the river La Rocina which enters the "Marsh Mother" at El Rocio, an astonishing birding spot when it is wet. Nearby, there are several visitors´ centres with nice footpaths and hides where we will have a look at little and water birds.
 
 
 
 


Tour 2 Northern Doñana Area
foto3The best places to watch birds in the Doñana Area are on the surroundings of the National Park. We get to the Northern Doñana Area through farms, rice fields and marshlands close to the mouth of the river Guadalquivir. There is a long way to Valverde´s Visitors Centre by earth roads but it is worthy, especially in the wet season. Then we go to the "Dehesa de Abajo" near the rice fields where several species of water birds can be seen, including Marbled and White-headed Ducks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tour 3 Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve
foto4The Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve is the second largest wetland in Huelva province after Doñana and the most important tidal wetland in Spain. This area was created by the silt of the rivers Odiel and Tinto in which estuary we can find a paradise for the birdlife. This is a day out to the “Kingdom of the Tide” to look for waders, seabirds and water birds. By the road that connects some of the islands on the Odiel Marshes we can get to Anastasio Senra´s Visitors Centre and continue to have nice spots on the mudflats at the South. Then we go to El Portil to enjoy the scenery and birds from a sightseeing platform.
 
Tour 4 Andevalo and Sierra Pelada
foto5This full day trip is an ascent to the woody hills at the north of Huelva to watch raptors, small birds and other wildlife on the rocks, woods and scrubland. The main colony of Black Vulture in Andalucia is located in Sierra Pelada. On the way up we can look for Great and Little Bustards on the steppes as well as Great Spotted Cuckoo in the late Winter and Spring.

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SIERRAS DE CARDEÑA Y MONTORO NATURAL PARK

Part of the Central Sierra Morena Massif, the Sierras de Cardeña y Montoro N. P. covers 38,449 ha of gently rolling hills, in one of the finest areas of Mediterranean woodland in the Iberian Peninsula. With an extraordinary array of wildlife, this N. P. can provide to its visitors some of the most exciting experiences in southern Spain. There is an impressive variety of raptors: Golden, Bonelli's, Booted, Short-toed and Spanish imperial eagles are all here, along with Black and Griffon vultures, Peregrines, Sparrowhawks, Goshawks and Buzzards. There are many nocturnal birds of prey, like Tawny, Long-eared, Little, Scops and eagle owls. You can also hear Nightingales and Red-necked nightjars at night and woodpeckers in the woodland areas. In the rivers and along their often verdant banks are otters, terrapins, and kingfishers. It is also one of two of the world's last wildernesses inhabited by the elusive and highly endangered Iberian lynx.

 

 

Price details Birding Day - Tour:

Tour dates:

Every day, 7 days a week, all year roundblack-vulture

Tour times:

From 09.00 am to 17.00 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.

Price 2014:

Standard Day Tour: 165 Euro minimum charge for up to 3 persons, 55 Euro per each extra person (maximum 8 persons)
Private tours: Exclusive private tours minimum price (based on up to 3 persons) of 175 Euro per day by arrangement
Important Note: In addition to the above a fuel surcharge applies to this route of 60 Euro total.


Includes:

Free collection from your accommodation in the Cordoba area (15km radius), 4x4 transport, use of quality optical equipment

Excluded:

Costs for lunch and drinks. Meal time stop over at a "local" Restaurant.

Tour party:

Minimum 3 or 165 Euro, maximum 8 fellow travellers. Larger groups by prior arrangement
Private and exclusive tours by special arrangement only (see prices above)

Meeting Point:
 In the Restaurant "La Primera". In the Village of Montoro, just on the Motorway A4, Exit 359. (48 km to the East of Córdoba)
Collection from your accommodation in Córdoba by arrangement.

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  • A highly personalised guided birding day tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
  • Through experienced birding guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
  • Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the nature guide.
  • Expert or beginners welcomed.
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  • Stopovers in any of the villages by majority consent!
  • Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.

Plus...we treat you as friends sharing a common interest.

 

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Not just for the Birder! The whole area abounds with wild flowers, 2000+ species (many endemic to this part of Spain) and orchids. Butterflies (also with several endemic species and sub species listed) are seen in all habitats and in all months of the year. Mammals, dragonflies, reptiles and amphibians are all represented in good numbers. Interesting species are virtually guaranteed, though of course time of year and the weather, will dictate the number and type of species you will see. The range of habitats in this area is of such importance that many of the sites visited are located in Natural or National Parks. Details upon request.

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