Wildlife Tours and Holidays with Iberian Wildlife Tours
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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.

Boettgers Lizard – Gallotia caesaris

Spring in the Western Canaries

March 2016
9-day tour

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

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Roller in flight © Ramon Faura

Nature week in the Empordà region of Catalonia

2 – 6 May 2016
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 8-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 (8 days).

Iberian lynx tours info for 2016…

Caralluma europaea

Wildlife of Almería

April 2016
8-day tour

The arid badlands, varied coastal habitats and rugged mountains of the south-east corner of Spain are the perfect spring destination for the all-round naturalist, particularly rich in flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and some of Europe's most charismatic birds.

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Nature week in the pre-Pyrenees in Catalonia

Large Blue © Mike Lockwood

13 – 18 June 2016
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 2016
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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Marsh-Fritillary – Euphydryas-aurinia

Spring Butterflies and Moths

June 2016
6-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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Orange-winged Dropwing – Trithemis kirbyi

Early Summer in SW Spain

June 2016
8-day tour

A two-base holiday exploring the sand-dunes, lagoons & limestone mountains of Cádiz for late-spring wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, birds & a wealth of other wildlife. Highlights: Aetherie Fritillary, Zeller's Skipper, Pronged Clubtail, Orange-winged Dropwing…

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Wildlife holidays for 2016

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 • A Feast of Flowers • Spring Butterflies and Moths of the Picos de Europa • Butterflies and Moths of the Picos de Europa and Páramos of Northern Castile • A family wildlife holiday in the Picos de Europa • Autumn moth weekend in the Picos de Europa Asturias wildlife tours: Somiedo in Spring • Brown Bears, Birds & Butterflies in Somiedo & the Alto Sil 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 • Northern Spain : Wallcreepers and Cranes in Aragón Catalonia wildlife tours: Walking and wildlife in the eastern Pyrenees • Wildlife of the Catalan Pyrenees Castilla y León birding tours: Tailor-made birdwatching trips • Spain - the Grand Tour! • Brown Bears, Birds & Butterflies in Somiedo & the Alto Sil 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: Coto Doñana & Extremadura: the very best of SW Spain in spring • Extremadura in spring: in Spain's secret wilderness • Extremadura: birds, wildlife and scenery galore • Spain - the Grand Tour! • Dragonflies, Birds & Butterflies • Extremadura & Gredos: in the wild west of Spain! • Extremadura in autumn: in Spain's secret wilderness • Autumn in Extremadura • 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: Early Summer in South-west Spain Andalucia wildlife tours: Early Summer in South-west Spain • 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 Andalucia natural history tours: Wildlife of Almería   Tours throughout Spain   Asturias tours   Picos de Europa tours   Castilla y Leon tours   Aragon tours   Catalonia tours   Madrid tours   Extremadura tours   Castilla - La Mancha tours   Andalucia tours   Canary Islands tours

IWT blog

Genet nights!
Genet nights!
22/01/2016
The elusive genet!... More

Giving something back... Teresa's donation to Butterfly Conservation in 2015
Giving something back... Teresa's donation to Butterfly Conservation in 2015
26/11/2015
Eleven tours in 2015 saw Teresa and her clients recording an incredible 165 species of butterflies, resulting in a substantial donation to Butterfly Conservation earlier this month... More

Extremadura 14-20 April 2015 : Photo-blog part 2
Extremadura 14-20 April 2015 : Photo-blog part 2
22/09/2015
Part 2 of a photographic summary of a private 7-day tour to Extremadura during the peak spring period for just about all the wildlife there! This includes a few of the notable flowers, habitats and invertebrates seen, such as Yellow & Mirror Ophrys, Pink Butterfly and Tongue Orchids, Rhinoceros and Scarab Beetles and a 'mixed bag' of other fantastic wildlife.... More

Extremadura 14-20 April 2015 : Photo-blog part 1
Extremadura 14-20 April 2015 : Photo-blog part 1
16/09/2015
A photographic summary of a private 7-day tour to Extremadura during the peak spring period for just about all the wildlife there! This part covers a few of the notable birds and butterflies seen, such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, Eagle-owl, Provence Hairstreak & Spanish Marbled White.... More

Doñana + Extremadura 05 - 11 April 2015 : private tour highlights
Doñana + Extremadura 05 - 11 April 2015 : private tour highlights
11/09/2015
Summary report of a 7-day excursion focussing on the birds of these two fabulous birdwatching areas. Nearly 200 birds species were recorded, including many returning migrants, 20 species of diurnal raptors and a remarkable range of the scarcer and more sought-after species of S and W Spain.... More

Brown Bears, birds & butterflies in the Picos de Europa & Somiedo N.P. : Trip Report August 2015
Brown Bears, birds & butterflies in the Picos de Europa & Somiedo N.P. : Trip Report August 2015
03/09/2015
A new less intensive and still highly successful version of the previous tour. An average of just one bear watch a day, mostly at dawn, resulted in a fine observation of a big black male on our very first attempt during a very difficult year! A wealth of other sightings included Southern Chamois, 3 Wallcreepers, Western Spectre and 61 species of butterflies, such as the endemic Spanish Argus and Chapman's Ringlet.... More

Madrid, La Mancha, Extremadura & Canary Islands private birdwatching tour report
Madrid, La Mancha, Extremadura & Canary Islands private birdwatching tour report
29/03/2015
Trip report covering the highlights from a private birdwatching trip to Madrid, La Mancha, Extremadura and the Canary Islands in mid-March 2015... More

'Spring in the Western Canaries' tour turns up 18 species of butterflies...
'Spring in the Western Canaries' tour turns up 18 species of butterflies...
20/03/2015
...including the first ever American Painted Lady to be recorded on one of Teresa's wildlife trips.... 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 and author with a special interest in the flora, lepidoptera and odonata 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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