Exciting Extremadura with BBC Springwatch's Iolo Williams
Visit this wonderful part of Spain with us in April 2018

 

Email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more details of our tour to Extremadura with Iolo Williams

 


Six Days Guided Birdwatching Trip, Saturday 14th April - Thursday 19th April 2018

Bee eater 1 April 2015

Colourful European Bee-eater: just one of the many highlights on this trip



Overview

Join our relaxed-pace guided birdwatching holiday with BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams in the unique region of Extremadura in central Spain, just two hours from Madrid. Each day on this six-day trip, we explore a different part of this beautiful unspoiled region of Spain to experience some of Europe’s finest spring birdwatching. We visit a variety of habitats including vast open steppes, Mediterranean scrubland, secluded river valleys, woodland and craggy mountains, each offering a wonderful array of charismatic birds including Great and Little Bustards, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Azure-winged Magpie, Great Spotted Cuckoo, and many more. We expect to see at least 120 species during our exciting six-day guided birdwatching trip.





Serin male




April is the perfect time to enjoy the unforgettable display of male Great Bustards on the wide open grasslands as they seem to turn themselves inside out to impress the females. These birds will be displaying particularly actively to attract the ladies at this time of year, so we will be able to enjoy a fantastic spectacle. We will also listen out for the bizarre call of the ‘phantom raspberry blower’, the Little Bustard, as it stalks through the prairie grassland. We scan the huge skies for Spanish Imperial Eagles as they are joined by massive Black Vultures and Griffon Vultures, and we search the rolling plains for both Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, all resident birds in this beautiful wide open landscape.



Image right: male Serin





Poppies v red




We know you will love the area with its dramatic scenery, glorious wildflowers and spectacular birds and wildlife, and together with Iolo Williams we will all enjoy the very best spectacle of nature that Extremadura has to offer. We stay in a traditional family-run country hotel which we use regularly on our guided birdwatching holidays in Extremadura. It has very comfortable en suite rooms and offers excellent breakfasts and evening meals focusing on local ingredients and local wine.

Drawing on our huge experience of running tours in this area, we will visit the best birdwatching sites that Extremadura has to offer. We will also be in touch with the latest birdwatching information to ensure we see as many bird species as possible. The pace of the tour will be relaxed as we take our time to enjoy the wonderful birds of Extremadura.



Image right: Fields festooned with red poppies





Great Bustard 1




On this small-group guided birdwatching tour, we take a maximum of six participants to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy the all birds that we encounter. At BirdwatchingTrips with The Biggest Twitch, we work hard to ensure that everyone enjoys the best possible guided birdwatching experience.

Our guided birdwatching trip to Extremadura includes five nights’ accommodation sharing a double or twin ensuite room on a fully-inclusive basis (breakfast, lunch and evening meals from snack lunch on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 6), guiding throughout the trip by Alan Davies and Iolo Williams, transport in a comfortable minibus during the tour, entrance to all nature reserves and special tours, use of our field guide and top-of-the-range telescopes and individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for. The tour starts and ends at Madrid Barajas Airport.



Image right: Close encounter with the striking Hoopoe






Other Information

The price for this exclusive tour with BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams is £1,999 per person sharing a twin or double ensuite room. A single room supplement of £295 will apply.

Please contact us for more information about the trip or to book your place. There will be a maximum of six participants plus your two guides, Alan Davies and Iolo Williams, on this trip to ensure everyone has the best possible birdwatching experience. Lunches will be taken at local cafes, or a packed lunch will be provided. Evening meals will be taken at our hotel or a nearby restaurant.

Our prices don't include: international flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks, additional drinks/snacks, travel to and from your UK airport, any items of a personal nature, tips.

Please call us on 01492 872407 or email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more details on how to reserve your place.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing Extremadura’s fabulous birdlife with you in the company of BBC Springwatch's Iolo Williams!


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