Andalucian Bird & Nature Watching Adventures
3.5-Days in the field / 4-Nights.
Arrival Monday, 13 September 2021- Depart Friday morning, 17 September 2021
Value 1.195€ / Deposit 295€ / Balance 900€
5.5-Days / 6-Nights.
Arrival Monday, 20 September 2021- Depart Sunday morning, 26 September 2021
Value 1.495€ / Deposit 295€ / Balance 1.200€
7.5-Days in the field / 8 Nights
Arrival Monday, 4 October 2021- Depart Tuesday morning, 12 October 2021
Code / ANA003
Value 1.795€ / Deposit 295€ / Balance 1.500€
Balance - 60-days from the commencement date.
Payment in full when booking an 8% discount
Apply Code IPA8% at Checkout.
We accept direct payments by TransferWise / International Bank Transfer.
Book online is through the STRIPE payment processing platform.
Disconnect And Immerse Yourself in Sublime
As a field naturalist, first and foremost with a lifetime of experience and a resident of Andalucia since 2011, I have gained an almost unparalleled knowledge of Málaga & Cadiz Provinces from natural history, topography and cultural perspective. I realise many more nature lovers like myself are equally keen to observe nature, although taking photographs is great fun. So welcome to Planet Andalucía, the biodiversity hotspot of Europe. It most certainly is with me, as your guide. I take it to an unprecedented level; after all, it's my profession to get in front of my subject at the optimum time.
It would be foolish to have a day-by-day fixed itinerary, so rather than even attempt this arduous task, I think it best to establish a range of very achievable target species. I must also point this is not a road trip through Andalucía as we concentrate on just four or five locations and look at each in-depth. Sierra de las Nieves, Los Alcornocales and Grazalema are three of the most fabulous wildlife-rich locations you could wish to visit, with many species endemic to each region.
Target species to include:
Golden, Booted, Bonelli's, Short-toed eagles, red-billed chough, rock thrush, blue rock thrush, woodlark, eagle owl, white stork, glossy ibis, marsh harrier, black wheatear, Dartford warbler, Bonelli's warbler, Cetti warbler, Firecrest, Egyptian and Griffon vultures, honey buzzard, black kite, black shoulder kite, corn, cirl and rock buntings, red-necked nightjar, little swift* (Europe's rarest breeding bird) the bird list is endless as there more bird species than anywhere else in Europe. Ocellated lizard, Turkish gecko, Montpellier snake, Snub-nosed viper, and Mediterranean chameleon* Amphibians including fire salamanders are frequently encountered at night right outside the accommodation. Insects, including bugs, beetles, butterflies, etc. mantids galore. Scorpions, centipedes and spiders including the highly protected and enormous Andalucian Funnel-web, found only in Los Alcornocales. Those participating in the 7.5-day adventure will also have the opportunity to visit Andújar to observe the world's rarest feline the elusive Iberian lynx*(only on the 7.5-day adventure*)
Full board lodging is the best in the locality, a delightful rural hotel close to where we are located. The price includes breakfast, lunch at a local restaurant or picnic style in the field and a traditional Spanish three-course evening meal with beer and/or wine.
Flights to Malaga airport, Personal & Medical Insurance & Alcoholic Drinks apart from those served with our evening meal.
Maximum Number of Places
Strictly limited to just five participants plus Geoff, your expert guide. Covid-19 restrictions mean that I can only carry two participants in my vehicle; that privilege is reserved for the first two participants to book. Under the Covid guidelines outlined by the Spanish government, I cannot have any more vehicle occupants, hence the lower than usual price of these holidays as you may be required to hire a vehicle. (They are low-costing in Spain, and I can recommend quite a few reputable companies should you not include this facility within your airline flight reservation.) I will be able to collect from Málaga airport and return the first two participants to book. It is also feasible to drive in convoy to our accommodation approximately 125km from the airport. All field trips are within a 50km/40-minute radius of the accommodation except the Mediterranean chameleon field trip this is approximately 120km/1 hour, 30mintues)
How to Confirm a Booking
Request by email and complete the attached booking form. If you have additional questions or would like further information, please contact us; we are here to help. We will confirm your reservation and email a more detailed itinerary and species list reserved for paying clients. Payment by TransferWire / International Bank Transfer (Additional bank charges must be paid by you, the customer). Bank transfer details are contained within the context of the booking form.
What to Bring & Gear Recommendations
Binoculars and any camera gear you wish to carry. You will have ample time to make some great images from each location. We will only be visiting a single location on any given day to maximise our opportunities to observe and photograph with your little camera, pro gear camera, mobile and/or sketch pad as we immerse ourselves in each diverse location. Light-weight walking shoes/boots are highly-recommended if only to protect you from thorny plants and the odd creepy crawly. Most of our forays do not involve more than a 15-minute easy walk from the vehicle. A fleece is advisable as it can be chilly in the morning at this time of year.