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Welcome to Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays
Julian SykesI have been interested in nature and the natural world all my life and have had the good fortune to be able to combine my love of wildlife & my experience as a guide to develop these holidays for you. I started operating in Spain as a professional wildlife guide several years ago & since then I have developed an excellent reputation for 'value for money' holidays and short breaks always conducted with a high level of professionalism and good humour.

I have had the opportunity to continue to expand & now offer wildlife holidays & short breaks to most areas of Spain (including Iberian Lynx & Wolf watching) with a growing overseas portfolio including most of Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, India, Costa Rica, Canada and Australia.

Find out more about our aim >

Our Aim: To provide wildlife & birdwatching holidays that will be enjoyed by all levels of enthusiast from the beginner to the most target focused. The holidays & short breaks always look to strike a balance ensuring the ultimate feeling of an enjoyable and relaxing time. This can be achieved with our promise of maintaining a small group ratio, allowing everyone the special attention needed.

All our trips are run with customer focus with all members being fully informed and involved in the daily itinerary, with any necessary changes being highlighted to the group before being implemented. Even when birds are the primary focus we will always concentrate on all forms of wildlife including mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians and lizards. We will also endeavour to make all our tours as comfortable and relaxed as possible, with special attention to relating our knowledge and experience over the course of the trip.

We are developing holidays with “a non-birding” partner in mind so look out for the following logo NBW which means that there are optional activities & time to relax with a book.

For more details on how we achieve our aim, please see the testimonials at the end of each itinerary.



23rd Nov - 5th Dec 2017


The Autonomous Region of Valenica is full of wildlife surprises and inland from a very productive coastal strip are reed-fringed lakes, karst limestone mountains, Aleppo pine forests and cultivated psuedo-steppe. Each day will be very different and diverse as we head out from our base in the small rural town of Moixent.

One night we stay in the mountains for dinner followed by a visit to a colleagues casita where we hope one of the European Genets will visit his feeding station just metres away from where we will be sitting - potentially one of the tour highlights.

The Sierra de Cazorla is arguably best known for it's thriving population of Spanish Ibex that roam the limestone massifs of this natural park. In the extensive forests there are Red Squirrels, Wild Boar and Fallow Deer. In recent years there has been a very successful re-introduction of Lammergeier, which has culminated in the first successful breeding there for over 30 years.

The Sierra de Andujar forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain chain and has a landscape formed from granite, quartz and slate. The natural park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx and is working hard to increase this figure with habitat creation and a sustainable Rabbit population.

This gorgeous predator lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest, which is open and spacious being primarily of Aleppo Pine, Holm and Cork Oak, though Alder, Mountain Ash and Poplars are to be found along the rivers. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated land, Spain’s mammals thrive with Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon and even Wild Cat sometimes being seen. This superb reserve holds several key raptor species with good numbers of Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle and Black Vulture.

There is something for everyone!

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