SPANISH NATURE GRANADA
A wildlife experience in real Spain.
Whist staying at Casa Pino Solo, why not come and enjoy a trip into the countryside and see some of the wildlife this area has to offer. The tours are centred on the area to the west of the City of Granada in the area around Loja, the second largest town in Granada Province (other areas by prior arrangement). This area has a fantastic mix of habitats, ranging from high mountain tops, reed beds, open water, woodland, scrub and agricultural plains. The local Provinces have 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. What ever 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.
Because of the wide range of habitats the area has to offer, the number of species that may be seen is high and in just a single day several habitats can be visited. Some of the most interesting species are found at higher altitudes in the local Sierras including Alpine Accentor, Rock Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Black Wheatear and (Rufous-tailed) Rock Thrush. Raptorâ€™s are a regular feature on the tours, 4 species of eagle, harriers, kites and most of the smaller species have all been recorded. We are fortunate to have small populations of steppe species still in the area, all of which are rare and difficult to find and of course there is the Azure-winged Magpie, locally common but with a very restricted distribution. Most people visit the area during the spring and summer but the winter 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.
Not just for the birders.
The whole area abounds with wild flowers and orchids (many endemic to this part of Spain). 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.
Why Spanish Nature?
A highly personalised guided tour.
The guide enjoys the subject as much as you.
Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the guide. Large groups by prior arrangement.
Expert or beginners welcomed.
A flexible and friendly guide gives you time to spend where the birds are!
Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.
Normal tour time 10 am until 4 pm. Gives good times for arrival and departure.
Meal time stop over if requested or bring a packed lunch, your choice.
Through experienced guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
We hope to be able to treat you as friends sharing a common interest, not just as paying
For more information contact Lisa on firstname.lastname@example.org based in Iznajar, Spain