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
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.
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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8 – 12 May 2017
A chance to catch up with the best birds at the peak spring migration time. Also excellent flora, herptiles, etc. Places limited.
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 2017…
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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5 – 10 June 2017
The pre-Pyrenees at its best, with a trip to a spectacular private vulture-feeding station! Places limited.
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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Superb haymeadows & alpine rock gardens on both granite & limestone, with a fauna to match: Alpine Marmot, Isard, Lammergeier, Pyrenean Brook Newt & fabulous butterflies. All set against spectacular landscapes at the foot of Aneto, the highest peak in the Pyrenees.
Benasque tour details…
Five nights to experience the fabulously diverse flora & fauna associated with the haymeadows, forests & alpine habitats of the Picos de Europa, followed by four nights exploring the Castilian limestone plateau & river canyons. Birds, butterflies & moths, dragonflies & wildflowers.
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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!
Tours throughout Spain
Picos de Europa tours
Castilla y Leon tours
Castilla - La Mancha tours
Canary Islands tours
John's C Spain news
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
The elusive genet!... More
Giving something back... Teresa's donation to Butterfly Conservation in 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
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
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
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
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
Trip report covering the highlights from a private birdwatching trip to Madrid, La Mancha, Extremadura and the Canary Islands in mid-March 2015... More