- We fly from London to Madrid. From here it is about a three hour drive to our hotel near Trujillo. We’ll stop on the way for a short break.
- Accommodation: near Trujillo, 7-nights on full board basis.
- High on the list during our week here is a visit to Monfragüe National Park, possibly the best year-round raptor-watching site in Europe. Situated to the north of Trujillo, the park is the Spanish stronghold for black vulture, which breed here together with both griffon and summering Egyptian vultures. Eagles are also well represented, with the star birds being around ten pairs of Spanish imperial eagle, which is considered by many to be one of the world's most endangered raptors. In spring, it is also one of the easiest places in Europe to watch shy black storks at a breeding site. Our autumn trip should give us plenty of raptors to watch and we also hope for one of Europe's rarest birds, the late-nesting white-rumped swift.
- The nearby rolling countryside holds good stands of the open oak woodland, or "dehesa”, which is a distinctive feature of Extremadura. Here we can find good numbers of Iberian azure-winged magpie in its stronghold and keep our eyes open for the very scarce black-shouldered kite. In spring, incoming migrants include bee-eater, black-eared wheatear, great spotted cuckoo, and often roller.
- The plains of the area form part of the "Spanish Steppes" with a fascinating assemblage of birds. It is here that we hope to see great bustard performing its incredible breeding display, in which the male turns itself into a huge white pom-pom of feathers.
- Trujillo, well-known for its beautiful town square with breeding pallid swifts, and white storks, also has one of the highest concentrations of lesser kestrels in Europe during spring and summer.
- We leave after breakfast and drive back to Madrid for our flight to London.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- All meals
- Guided activities
Our base for the seven nights of our tour is Casa Rural, a small country guesthouse in the Extremadura countryside. All rooms are en suite.
A very small number of single rooms are available – if you require a single room, you are advised to book early.
All meals are included. Lunches will be mostly taken as picnics.
Extremadura is the last stronghold of some of Europe’s most endangered bird species, and we hope to see great bustard and Spanish imperial eagle, and the scarce black-shouldered kite.
- Black-bellied sandgrouse
- Black vulture
- White stork
- Purple heron
Extremadura is a wild and beautiful region, featuring the rolling plains of the “Spanish Steppes” and distinctive open oak woodland, or dehesa. Trujillo is well known for its beautiful town square and picturesque villages are dotted throughout the region.
We take short walks, up to three kilometres, on easy trails and footpaths. There is an optional climb, up steep steps, to the viewpoint in Monfragüe.
Price includes return scheduled flights London – Madrid – London.
Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.