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Iberian Wildlife Tours organises and leads top-quality natural history holidays throughout Spain and Portugal. For more than 20 years we've been guiding both for major European tour operators and for independent travellers.

We offer a range of departures throughout the year, varying in length from just half a day to two weeks. Our general natural history tours are complemented by a series of more specialised excursions dedicated to birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers... More

Brown Bear – Ursus arctos

Tailor-made Wildlife Tours

Anytime dates
With restricted time and budgets, travellers often want a birdwatching or wildlife tour orientated specifically to their needs. In collaboration with Spainbirds Nature Tours, John can offer you fully legal tours in Spain personally designed to suit your needs, be the emphasis on birds, mammals, butterflies and/or dragonflies.

Please contact John for a free quote with no commitments attached.

Canary Islands Natural History Tour

Spring in the Western Canaries

March 2015
8-day tour

A tour for people who like a little bit of everything, including winter sun! Tenerife and La Gomera offer an exceptional diversity of wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles and birds, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

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Roller in flight © Ramon Faura

Nature week in the Empordà region of Catalonia

4 – 8 May 2015
A chance to catch up with the best birds at the peak spring migration time. Also excellent flora, herptiles, etc. Places limited.

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Iberian Lynx © F. J. Garcia

Iberian Lynx and birds

Scheduled 7-day & 5-day tours; others by request
We visit the mammal and bird-rich Sierra de Andújar in Andalucía in search of the critically endangered Iberian lynx, in combination with the wealth of birdlife in either the La Mancha lakes (5 days) or the other lynx stronghold of Doñana National Park (7 days).

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Sharp-ribbed Newt © Teresa Farino

Springtime in Extremadura

May 2015
8-day tour

A visit to Extremadura in spring surely has to rate as one of Europe's finest all-round wildlife experiences. This trip focuses on the profusion of flora, invertebrates, reptiles & amphibians & birds in the environs of the Monfragüe National Park and the Llanos de Cáceres.

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Nature week in the pre-Pyrenees in Catalonia

Large Blue © Mike Lockwood

6 – 11 July 2015
The pre-Pyrenees at its best, with a trip to a spectacular private vulture-feeding station! Places limited.

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Central Spain birding
day & half-day trips

Birdwatching trips to Madrid, Extremadura, La Mancha and Castilla y Leon

Throughout 2015
Tailor-made birding tours in Madrid, Extremadura, La Mancha and Castilla y Leon to suit your requirements. All levels of knowledge catered for. Evening excursions & trips to special sites for the rarer species.

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Giant Peacock Moth - Saturnia pyri © Teresa Farino

Spring Butterflies and Moths

May 2015
7-day tour in the Picos

Early butterflies include Chequered Skipper, Provence Orange Tip, Black-veined White, Black-eyed Blue and Marsh Fritillary, plus fabulous moths: Giant Peacock, Tawny Prominent, Spanish Puss Moth, Spanish Tiger, The Alchymist, Lunar Double-stripe…

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Aetherie Fritillary © Teresa Farino

Sierra de Grazalema

June 2015
8-day tour

Spectacular mountain scenery harbouring a diverse spring flora, butterflies galore and a fabulous selection of colourful Mediterranean birds & reptiles. Visits to the nearby wetlands of Espera and Fuente de Piedra will reward us with a superb range of wetland birds & dragonflies. Our 2012 trip report reveals all!

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Wildlife holidays for 2015

Our tour destinations this year, including those we run in conjunction with other operators, are shown on the map above. To find out more, simply click on the coloured region on this map or on the individual tour titles in the list below. Discover the best of Iberia's wildlife with us!

Wildlife tours in Catalunya: Nature week in L'Empordà Catalonia Natural History Tours: Nature week in the pre-Pyrenees Picos de Europa: Daily Wildlife Walks • Spring Butterflies and Moths of the Picos de Europa • A Feast of Flowers • Butterflies and Moths of the Picos de Europa and Páramos of Northern Castile • A family wildlife holiday in the Picos de Europa • Brown Bears, Birds & Butterflies in the Picos de Europa & Somiedo Natural Park • Autumn moth weekend in the Picos de Europa Asturias wildlife tours: Brown Bears, Birds & Butterflies in the Picos de Europa & Somiedo Natural Park Castilla y León wildlife tours: Butterflies and Moths of the Picos de Europa and Páramos of Northern Castile Huesca wildlife tours: Spanish Pyrenees & Belchite Aragón wildlife tours: Spain - the Grand Tour! • Spanish Pyrenees: The High Aragón • Spanish Pyrenees & Belchite • Wildlife of the Aragonese Pyrenees • Northern Spain : Wallcreepers and Cranes in Aragón Catalonia wildlife tours: Walking and wildlife in the eastern Pyrenees • Late Summer in the Catalan Pyrenees Castilla y León birding tours: Tailor-made birdwatching trips • Spain - the Grand Tour! Madrid birding tours: Tailor-made birdwatching trips •Dragonfly & Butterfly watching in C Spain • Birding in Madrid & La Mancha Gredos birding trips: Tailor-made wildlife watching trips • Extremadura & Gredos: in the wild west of Spain! Extremadura wildlife tours: Extremadura in spring: in Spain's secret wilderness • Coto Doñana & Extremadura: the best of SW Spain in spring • Extremadura: birds, wildlife and scenery galore • Springtime in Extremadura • Extremadura & Gredos: in the wild west of Spain! • Spain - the Grand Tour! • Dragonflies, Birds & Butterflies • Extremadura : Winter birding bonanza! • Tailor-made birdwatching trips La Mancha wildlife tours: Tailor-made birdwatching trips • Iberian Lynx, Sierra de Andújar & La Mancha • Birding in Madrid & La Mancha Andalucia wildlife tours: Iberian Lynx, Sierra de Andújar & La Mancha Andalucia wildlife tours: Coto Doñana & Extremadura: the best of SW Spain in spring • Spain - the Grand Tour! •  Iberian Lynx, Sierra de Andújar & Doñana Andalucia wildlife tours: Sierra de Grazalema • Autumn in Andalucía Andalucia wildlife tours: Autumn in Andalucía • Strait of Gibraltar (W Europe's main bird migration funnel) Canary Islands wildlife tours: Spring in the Western Canaries • Canary Islands : endemic land birds, seabirds and other wildlife   Tours throughout Spain   Asturias tours   Picos de Europa tours   Aragon tours   Catalonia tours   Castilla y Leon tours   Madrid tours   Extremadura tours   Castilla - La Mancha tours   Andalucia tours   Canary Islands tours

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Giving something back…
Giving something back…
27/10/2014
Teresa's donation to Butterfly Conservation in 2014: the final score... More

Extremadura + Madrid : Trip report September 2014
Extremadura + Madrid : Trip report September 2014
30/09/2014
A quick report on the observations during a 3-day tour from Madrid to Extremadura and back to look for some of the more iconic birds of Spain... More

Canary Islands: Trip Report September 2014
Canary Islands: Trip Report September 2014
30/09/2014
Another superb, albeit very intensive trip in search of the endemic and iconic birds of the 'Fortunate Islands', including the two most wanted seabirds after I'd departed!... More

Birdwatching day trips in Madrid September 2014
Birdwatching day trips in Madrid September 2014
21/09/2014
Abbreviated results for birdwatching day trips around Madrid on 4th and 20th September 2014, including an aberrant Pied Flycatcher... More

Brown Bears, birds & butterflies in the Alto Sil & Somiedo N.P. : Trip Report August 2014
Brown Bears, birds & butterflies in the Alto Sil & Somiedo N.P. : Trip Report August 2014
09/09/2014
A strongly reworked, much less intensive and highly successful version of the previous tour. At a gentler pace we made just one bear watch a day, all but one of these at dawn, resulting in a remarkable final tally of 11 different Brown Bears! A wealth of other sightings included Wild Cat, Southern Chamois, Alpine Accentor and 57 species of butterflies, such as the endemic Chapman's Ringlet.... More

Canary Islands: Trip Report July 2014
Canary Islands: Trip Report July 2014
05/09/2014
On many a birder's wish list, the Canary Islands are a superb destination. Its combination of endemic bird and other species, plus excellent opportunities of seeing pelagic species from onboard large and stable vessels, this logistically complex trip combining visits to four islands ran even better than hoped!... More

Dragonflies+ in Madrid & Extremadura: June 2014 Trip Report (Part 2)
Dragonflies+ in Madrid & Extremadura: June 2014 Trip Report (Part 2)
06/07/2014
The second half of a 4-day tour to maximise the chances of seeing some of Spain's most significant dragonflies and damselflies, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife in the western Sierras of Madrid and in Extremadura... More

Dragonflies+ in Madrid & Extremadura: June 2014 Trip Report  (Part 1)
Dragonflies+ in Madrid & Extremadura: June 2014 Trip Report (Part 1)
06/07/2014
Part 1 of a 4-day tour to maximise the chances of seeing some of Spain's most interesting dragonflies and damselflies, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife in the western Sierras of Madrid and in Extremadura... More

John Muddeman

John Muddeman

A professional tour guide, writer and scientific translator, with a lifelong interest in diverse aspects of natural history. He lives the Madrid mountains and guides organised groups throughout Iberia, Europe and further afield.

Teresa Farino

Teresa Farino

An all-round naturalist with a special interest in the wildflowers, butterflies and moths of the Iberian peninsula. She lives in the Picos de Europa and has been leading wildlife holidays in Spain and Portugal since 1989.

Mike Lockwood

Mike Lockwood

A seasoned naturalist currently working in Catalonia on bird, butterfly and dragonfly studies. He lives in Catalonia and leads wildlife and walking tours for various companies and private groups.

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