Wildlife Tours and Holidays with Iberian Wildlife Tours
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Discover the best of Iberia's wildlife

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

Canary Red Admiral – Vanessa vulcania

Wildlife of the Western Canaries

March 2019
8-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.

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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.

Spanish Moon Moth – Actias isabelae

Moon Moths & Monkey Orchids

May-June 2019
7-day tour

The principal focus of the tour is undoubtedly the superb Spanish Moon Moth, but the array of unusual spring butterflies, 30+ species of orchids and the selection of charismatic birds found here are also exceptional. Macro photo opportunities galore!

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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 AndalucĂ­a 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).

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LIzard Orchid – Himantoglossum hircinumm © Teresa Farino

A Feast of Flowers

June 2019
8-day tour

The Picos de Europa's mosaic of haymeadows, ancient forests and subalpine limestone rock-gardens is home to more than 1500 species of vascular plants, including more than 50 orchids. Early June is a time of maximum botanical diversity, with plenty of other wildlife on offer too.

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Central Spain birding
day & half-day trips

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

Throughout 2019
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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Spanish Character – Cilix hispanica © Teresa Farino

Autumn Moths Weekend

Sept-Oct 2019
6-day tour

One of Europe's finest assemblages of nocturnal Lepidoptera (more than 820 species of macromoths have been recorded here) offering a wealth of photographic opportunities, plus daytime excursions for autumn butterflies, Orthoptera and flora.

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Martagon Lily – Lilium martagon © Teresa Farino

Picos Wildlife Walks

Throughout 2019
Day trips

If you're holidaying in the Picos, why not join me to explore the natural wonders of these mountains for a day to search for birds, butterflies, wildflowers and any other wildlife that might cross our path? Children are particularly welcome.

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Wildlife holidays for 2019

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!

Picos de Europa: Daily Wildlife Walks • Picos de Europa, Pyrenees + Belchite steppes • A Feast of Flowers • Autumn Moth Weekend in the Picos de Europa Pyrenees & pre-Pyrenees wildlife tours: Picos de Europa, Pyrenees & Belchite steppes • Wallcreepers and Cranes in Aragón Belchite & Ebro steppes birding: Picos de Europa, Pyrenees + Belchite steppes • Wallcreepers and Cranes in Aragón Aragón birding tours: Wallcreepers and Cranes in Aragón Castilla y León birding tours: Tailor-made Birdwatching Trips • Dragonfly and Butterfly Watching in C Spain Gredos birding trips: Tailor-made wildlife watching trips • Dragonfly and Butterfly watching in C Spain • Extremadura + Gredos Catalonia natural history tours: Walking and wildlife in the eastern Pyrenee Madrid birding tours: Tailor-made Birdwatching Trips • Dragonfly & Butterfly Watching in C Spain • Birding in Madrid & La Mancha • C Spain birding Extremadura wildlife tours: C Spain birding • Extremadura in spring, autumn & Christmas • Dragonfly and Butterfly watching in C Spain • Dragonflies, Birds & Butterflies in Extremadura • Tailor-made birdwatching trips La Mancha wildlife tours: Tailor-made birdwatching trips • Birding in Madrid & La Mancha • C Spain birding Andalucia wildlife tours: Iberian Lynx Quest (Andújar + La Mancha) Andalucia wildlife tours: Strait of Gibraltar (W Europe's main bird migration funnel) Andalucia wildlife tours: Iberian Lynx Quest (Andújar + La Mancha) Canary Islands wildlife tours: Canary Islands (E + W) • Spring in the Western Canaries • Canary Islands (Tenerife + La Gomera) Wildlife tours in Navarra: Moon Moths and Monkey Orchids Wildlife tours in Catalunya: Walking and wildlife in the eastern Pyrenee Catalonia natural history tours: Walking and wildlife in the eastern Pyrenee Read about Teresa Farino Read about John Muddeman Read about Mike Lockwood   Tours throughout Spain   Picos de Europa tours   Castilla y Leon tours   Navarra tours   Aragon tours   Catalonia tours

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John's C Spain news
John's C Spain news
09/03/2017
A heatwave is currently trying to fool wildlife that winter is over. Near record temperatures in C and N Spain have brought the biological spring suddenly to life, with numerous butterflies on the wing and early-returning migrant birds.... More

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

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.

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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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