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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.

bee-eaterA great opportunity to see the real Spain.

 

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Why 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.

 

 

Price details Tour:

 

Tour dates:

To be agreed between you and us

Tour times:

The tour starts the first day at 09.00 am, and ends the third day around 18.00 pm, start and end near Ronda.

Price 2015:

With 4 persons: 615 Euro p.p.

With 3 persons: 755 Euro p.p.

With 2 persons: 895 Euro p.p.

30 Euro Single supplement.

Deposit:

100 Euro

Includes:

All accommodation, all meals, transport and full-time guiding.

Excludes:

Insurance and personal costs.

Tour party:

Minimum 2, maximum 4 fellow travellers

 

Options:

 

Airport collection and drop-off:

Ask for prices.

Accommodation near Ronda:

See our link-pages

 

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The whole tour is based on our own local guides, using local knowledge to produce maximum numbers of must-see birds. Along with knowing where the birds are, Spanish Nature has ensured you also have the time to enjoy them! The timing of the daily trips allows you to relax and enjoy a hectic free and a 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 best from this tour.

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Make your own Itinerary - two examples.

 

spoonbill1Doñana area: One of the most important wetlands in all of Europe. This UNESCO Biosphere natural park contains rare breeding birds such as Spanish Imperial Eagle and Black Vulture. Of course Iberian Linx is also here and together with so many bird species they make this region almost a ‘must visit’ haven of wildlife.

 

An example of a concise 2 nights/3 days Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Ronda - 09.00 am meet near Ronda. Serrania de Ronda

Day 2 - Doñana - Travelling to Doñana area, wetland birds

Day 3 - am: Birding in Doñana area. pm: Sierra de Grazalema

 

 

red-kiteTarifa area: The area immediately around this old port is a prime site for observing spring and autumn migration. Huge numbers of raptors, Storks and small birds use the famous Straits of Gibraltar as their main flyway to and from Africa. The area is also close to important wetland (La Janda) and staging (Barbate) feeding sites.

 

Another example of a concise 2 nights/3 days Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Ronda - 09.00 am meet near Ronda. Serrania de Ronda

Day 2 -Tarifa - Migration in the Straits of Gibraltar

Day 3 - am: Birding in Tarifa area. pm: Sierra de Grazalema

 

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The 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.

The Straits of Gibraltar are a key point of passage for raptors, storks and other birds migrating between Africa and Europe. Northern migrations take place between mid-February and June, while those birds heading south will set off between late July and early November when there's a westerly wind. Depending on the wind the Tarifa region on the Atlantic coast are usually the best to watch the migration. The migration at Tarifa is one of life’s wonders and a spectacle everyone should witness at least once in their lives.

griffon-vultureThe Parque Nacional de Doñana is well known for its enormous variety of bird species, either permanent residents, winter visitors from north and central Europe or summer visitors from Africa, like its numerous types of geese and colourful colonies of flamingo. It has one of the world's largest colonies of Spanish imperial eagles. The park as a whole comprises three distinct kinds of ecosystem: the marismas, the Mediterranean scrublands and the coastal mobile dunes with their beaches.

 

 
 

The tour is recommended for both expert and beginner.

 

Price details Tour 7 nights - 8 days

 

Tour dates:

5th - 12th of September 2016

Price 2010:

1.595 Euros p.p.

200 Euros Single supplement.

Deposit:

200 Euros p.p.

Includes:

Airport transfers (from/to Airport of Málaga), all accommodation, all meals, transport and full-time guiding

Excludes:

Flights, insurance and personal costs.

Tour party:

Minimum 4, maximum 8 fellow travellers
 
 

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To book this tour please fill in the Online Booking Form.

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The whole tour is based on our own local guides, using local knowledge to produce maximum numbers of must-see birds. Along with knowing where the birds are, Spanish Nature has ensured you also have the time to enjoy them! The timing of the daily trips allows you to relax and enjoy a hectic free and a 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 best from this tour.


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A consice 7 nights/8 days Tour Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 - Ronda - Arrival in Málaga, transfer to hotel and birding

Day 2 - Tarifa - Birding in Sierra de Grazalema National Park and on route Tarifa

Day 3 - Tarifa - Birding and migration watching in Tarifa area

Day 4 - Doñana - Birding La Janda and on route to Doñana

Day 5 - Doñana - Birding the National Park of Doñana

Day 6 - Doñana - Birding the southern and eastern areas of Doñana

Day 7 - Ronda - Birding on route to Serranía de Ronda

Day 8 - am: Birding in the mountains. pm airport transfer.

 

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vergeside1This Day Tour in the Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema is a must for lovers of  Wild Flowers and Orchids. Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema are two mountainous regions in the center of Andalucia, the most Southern province of Spain.

 

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An area of great natural diversity

broad-leafed-irisIf you love scenery, wild flowers and orchids or just like to stroll amidst nature’s wonders, then this  "Walking in Flowers - 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 wild  flower and orchid 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 "Walking in Flowers -Day Tours" are relaxed and designed to introduce the visitor to the natural wonders of this truly beautiful part of Spain. Your guide Brenda has begun a pictorial blog on the 'Flowers of Andalucia'. It is a work still very much in progress, but has already produced an interesting variety of images and these have been arranged in families of our plant life. To view this facility and reference, please follow this LINK



Price details Day - Tour:

 

clematis-flammula0Tour dates:

Every day, 7 days a week, all year round

Tour times:

From 10.00 am to 16.00 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.

Price 2016:

75 Euros p.p. (minimum 2 persons or equivalent price 150 euros)

Includes:

Free collection from your accommodation in the Ronda area (15km radius), transport.

Excluded:

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

Tour party:

Minimum 2, maximum 4 persons. Larger groups by prior arrangements

conical-orchid2Why choose a day trip with Spanish Nature?
  • A highly personalised guided tour with a guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
  • Through experienced guide, go straight to where the flowers are, no wasted time!
  • Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the 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: +34 616 891 359 -
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linaria-tristisWild Flowers and Orchids Species List.

We have compiled a wild plant list for the area and although this is being continually updated, the list will provide an idea of what you can find and, we hope, wet your appetite sufficiently to encourage your visit to one of Spain's most botanically rich Sierras.

Brenda's Pictorial Plantlife Blog, please click here

 

To view some of the plants in this astonishing area, please click here.

 

 

If  you need accommodation in the area follow this link

green-woodpecker-smallBird Watching & Scenic Day Tours in Almería:

Sierra Alhamilla and Andarax badlands

 

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First 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 so many different habitats such as: oak groves, pine groves, rocky mountains, desert gorges, badlands, ramblas or orchards in the typical village of Turrillas.


If you would like to know more about the area, we strongly advise you to visit  the  National Heritage guide of Almería website

 

Price details Day - Tour:

Tour dates:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, for other days please contact us.

Tour times:
From 08.30 am to Sunset, For nocturnal walks please contact us.

 

Price 2015/16:
Standard Day Tour: 240 Euro (maximum 4 persons) SPECIAL OFFER PRICE!
Private tours: Exclusive private tours minimum price of 260 Euro per day by arrangement.

Includes:
Free collection from your accommodation near to Almeria City (10km radius), port or at a prearranged meeting point; transport; use of telescope; binoculars (up to 2); insurance; permits to restricted areas; photographic report; e.mail background post-service.

Excluded:

Costs for lunch and drinks. Meal time stop over at a "local" Restaurant / Bar (spanish “tapas” & “raciones”) or self packed-lunch.

Tour party:
Minimum 1, maximum 4 fellow travellers. Larger groups or tailored tours by prior arrangement.
Private and exclusive tours by special arrangement only (see prices above).

Why choose a day trip with Spanish Nature?woodchat-shrike

  • A highly personalised guided birding tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
  • Through experienced guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
  • Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the birding 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.

Note: For other birding places or geographical field trips. We can also offer you trips & tours in Almeria deserts or up in the Nevada and Filabres mountains, also the Almeria west wetlands; perhaps looking for vultures in Los Velez lands. Please contact us for further information.
 

 

 

For Bookings you can contact us or by telephone: +34 636 291714 

 

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Almería –  Where the sun lives in winter – where people make you feel welcome

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Enjoy a full days quality birding around the very best birding sites on Andalucia's Strait of Gibraltar. We have designed 3 different birding tours to meet your special wishes. The choice is yours!

 

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Tour 1
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The birds & wildlife of the Strait of Gibraltar.

ruppells-vultureIf you'd like to specialise in raptors for a  birding day tour then we'll take you to where Booted, Bonelli's and Short-toed Eagles hunt. We can visit the haunts
of Black-winged Kite, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Osprey, Bald Ibis (introduction/hacking program.) Marsh or Montagu's Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Lesser Kestrel, with good possibilities to look out for the rarer Atlas Long-legged Buzzard and the dashing Lanner Falcon, also a visitor from Morocco.

If you would like to see an amazing variety of waders, terns and gulls then we can look for Collared Pratincoles, Green Sandpipers, Caspian Terns, Audouin's Gulls, to name but a few or all sorts of wonderful passerines, from Orphean Warblers, Rufous Bush Robin, Rock and Cirl Buntings, to Blue Rock Thrush and Tawny Pipit as well as Black-eared Wheatear and not forgetting the Little Bustard and Stone Curlews of Cadiz province!

 

 

 

Tour 2.

Wetlands, River and Salt Pans - The Guadalquivir Basin (fuel surcharge of € 25)

peopleOn this birding day tour, we travel across to the town of Trebujena, just NW of Jerez de la Frontera. Here we stop and sample a local fino sherry at the town's 'bodega' (included in the day price!). From the town we descend through the vineyards of this rich sherry area and into the lower basin of the Guadalquivir and look across to the Doñana system of parks. We follow the mighty river southwards passing the networks of fish ponds where Osprey, Red and Black Kites and Booted Eagles are usually present. Checking along the canals and flat salt marshes we'll look for Stone Curlews, Thekla and Calandra Larks, Common Kingfishers and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Continuing on to the Algaida and its large pine forest is where we take lunch at a local restaurant just on the edge of one of the Doñana's Natural Parks where White-headed Duck, Marbled Teals and Black-necked Grebes and the scarce European Chameleon can also often be found during warmer months. 


2 marbledwhite1Butterflies can include Southern Swallowtail, Scarce Swallowtail, Spanish Festoon, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Marbled White and Cleopatra's as well as darters and dragonflies
After lunch we have permission and of course a key to enter and explore the salt-pans where thousands of salt crystals are 'harvested' each summer and where many exciting species of birds can also be found. Slender-billed Gulls, Caspian and other terns can be seen diving for fish and again this is a great place to watch Osprey hunting or sitting atop a pylon or tree eating a caught fish!
Most people remember the stunning site of the pink blur of hundreds of Greater Flamingos and the brilliant white of Eurasian Spoonbills and Great Egrets that feed on the many brackish lagoons within this huge area. Pied Avocets and Black-winged Stilts flash across the pools as Little Ringed Plovers scurry along the banks. From Autumn through to Spring this is also a wonderful place to watch the rare Black Storks, Bluethroats, Short-eared Owls and masses wader flock from Northern Europe.

 

 

 

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Tour dates:

Every day, 7 days a week, all year round

Tour times:

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

Price 2015:

65 Euros p.p. (minimum 3 persons or price equivalent 195 Euros)

Includes:

Transport (Normally we meet at at La Barca de Vejer), use of telescope

Excluded:

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

Tour party:

Minimum 3, maximum 4 fellow travellers. Larger groups by prior arrangements

 

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Why choose a day trip with Spanish Nature?

  • A highly personalised guided birding 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 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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Andalucia to enjoy a rich variety of wildlife, history and culture

 

 
Tour 3.
Culture and Vultures - Great Safari Tour by 4 x 4.
nov cork-oakaAndalucia has a rich variety of wildlife, history and culture from the Phoenicians to the Spanish Civil War. Gaze over the the 'Pillars of Hercules' and learn about ancient civilisations. This general nature and history day tour gives clients a real "day to remember". Lizards, Bee-eaters, Preying mantis, all kinds of butterflies, Griffon Vultures, Roe and Red Deer and Iberian black pigs are just some of the creatures waiting to be found and perhaps we'll have a chance to watch the cork-oak harvest in the huge Alcornocales forest during summer. We will see some of the spectacular geology of the area, as Africa still pushes northwards against Europe! We can also visit some minor Roman ruins, Moorish lime kilns and water cisterns as well as the option to visit the larger Roman ruins of the ancient city of Baelo Claudia opposite the Moroccan coast. If you have children coming along, the beach is right in front of the Roman ruins, so if they don't want to tag along they can have fun until we collect them after the visit. 

 

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