Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays offer full & half day tours that cover all the major sites around the area. The regions of Valencia, Alicante, & Albacete have a great deal to offer the travelling & holidaying birdwatcher/wildlife enthusiast with lots of varied habitats with many quality species.
It also boasts two of the most accessible airports in Europe with Alicante & Valencia, and in-expensive flights can be found with a little searching on the internet. Being a very popular for tourism in general there is plenty for the non-birdwatching members of the family/group to occupy their time. Julian has spent a lot of time birdwatching the well known sites around the region and the best times to visit them, as well as investigating other new areas. Having over 5 years experience in this part of Spain we are very confident he can provide a quality service in this interesting area. It is our intention to maintain a very enjoyable and relaxed pace during the tour that will suit all needs. During the day out we shall also look for other species of fauna, with some excellent reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies to be found.
- All day tours are conducted by guides with extensive knowledge of the local fauna.
- Tours will be in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
- The tour includes everything from all transport costs (tolls, fuel, etc),
park entrance fees, picnic lunch (where applicable), light refreshments
This is a full day starting from Oliva visiting the beach & dunes, Pego Marsh, Vall de Gallinera and the mountains of Alcoy or the Denia/Javea Headland. These areas can give good mix of typical Spanish birds with resident species including lots of Little & Cattle Egrets, Griffon Vulture Golden & Bonelli’s Eagles, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Kentish Plover, Audouin's Gull, Sandwich Tern, Kingfisher, Purple Gallinule, Red-billed Chough, Hoopoe, Blue Rock Thrush, Moustached, Cetti's, Sardinian & Dartford Warblers, Spotless Starling, and Serins.
However depending on time of year species seen include Balearic & Cory's Shearwater, Squacco, Purple, & Night Herons, Little Bittern, Red Crested Pochard, Marbled Duck, Booted & Short-toed Eagle Eagle, Osprey, Collared Pratincole, Mediterranean Gull, Whiskered Tern, Wryneck, Nightingale, Golden Oriole, Bee-eater, Bluethroat, Water Pipit, Red necked Nightjar, Savi's Warbler etc.
Just south of Alicante is the Santa Pola area, which is quite well developed with tourism but well worth a visit with lots of very good areas, full of wildlife. On a day’s outing we might visit the Clot de Galvany, Santa Pola Salinas, El Hondo Natural Park, Sierra de Crevillente, Barranco de Monnegre, and the pine forests of Maigmo. Species to be found in this region include the globally endangered Marbled & White headed Ducks, Greater Flamingos, Purple Gallinules, Slender billed Gulls, Bonelli's & Short toed Eagles, Montagu's Harriers, Roller, Trumpeter Finch, Rufous Bushchat, Black & Black eared Wheatears, Thekla & Lesser Short toed Larks, Blue Rock Thrush, Southern Grey Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow, Pallid Swift, Firecrest, Crossbill, Rock & Cirl Buntings.
We travel inland to Castilla la Mancha around the towns of Bonete where the huge agricultural fields of cereal and vines dominate the landscape, the vivid reds, browns and greens of this terrain is in total contrast to any other parts of the region. This fantastic area hosts a good population of Great Bustards - the world's heaviest flying birds, and we shall hopefully see them wandering across the landscape in majestic fashion. During the day we shall also look out for Little Bustards (scarce), Black bellied & Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Stone Curlews, Calandra Larks, Rock Sparrows, Hen Harriers, Red Kite and Merlin. Around the area there are various seasonal pools plus a couple of excellent lagoons at Petrola & Higuela, which can hold good numbers of wildfowl, waders, Greater Flamingos and Marsh Harriers.