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Bird Watching & Scenic Day Tours in Serrania de Ronda
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A unique and diverse habitat
Whether you enjoy spectacular scenery or fauna and flora, then this personally guided birdwatching tour of the Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema is for you! With mountains and hills predominately of limestone, the bio-diversity of the Serranía and Sierras is stunning. From rocky outcrops, mountaintop and valleys, the birding tour will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Spain. Birds of interest are virtually guaranteed, though of course time of year and the weather, will dictate the number and type of bird species you will see. Accompanied by your own expert tour guide, you will waste no time searching for those elusive ‘best bird areas’. Your birding guide will be able to assist beginners and discuss the area with visiting experienced birders. So whatever your level of expertise, there will be much to reward your birding trip.
Author of Walking in Andalucia, Guy Hunter Watts, recently wrote: Peter Jones is a nature guide based close to Ronda, who leads groups and individuals throughout the province. He also leads guided birding tours to other parts of Spain, Morocco and many other destinations (Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Gambia e.o.) worldwide. The author can not speak too highly of Peter’s birding excursions. A natural communicator, Peter has that rare ability of conveying specialist knowledge in a way that’s accessible to one and all. A day in his company offers a unique insight into the extraordinarily diverse birdlife of southern Spain and would dovetail perfectly with your walks in and around Ronda and Grazalema.
The independant traveller's guide
What people have said about this tour:
We enjoyed our holiday in Andalucia very much, but the first day with you was the most impressive. For sure we will make a bird tour with you again. Ger en Mieke
Thank you for the most wonderful day with you. We so enjoyed it and speak about it frequently, such lovely memories, but especially your great company. Calum
We've received emails from all our Frontier clients about the tour. They all agree on one thing, it was a privilege having you as their guide! Frontier Holidays
Thank you for guiding us on our recent trip, it really was memorable and your gift of imparting your love of birds and nature is truly something to experience. Bill and Doreen
The above is a sample selection from over 200 recommendations
Price details Day - Tour:
Every day, 7 days a week, all year round subject to availability
From 10.00 am to 16.00 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.
Standard Day Tour: 165 euro minimum charge for up to 3 persons, 40 Euro per each extra person (maximum 4 persons)
Private tours: Exclusive private tours minimum price of 175 Euro per day by arrangement (price based on up to 3 persons).
Free collection from your accommodation in the Ronda area (15km radius), transport, use of telescope
Costs for lunch and drinks. Meal time stop over at a "local" Restaurant.
Minimum 3 or 165 Euro, maximum 4 fellow travellers. Larger groups by prior arrangement
Private and exclusive tours by special arrangement only (see prices above)
Why choose a day trip with Spanish Nature?
- A highly personalised guided birding tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
- Through experienced guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
- Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the birding guide.
- Expert or beginners welcomed.
- Stopovers in any of the villages by majority consent!
- Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.
Plus... we treat you as friends sharing a common interest.
For Bookings you can contact us or by telephone: +34 616 891 359 - Peter Jones
Bio: Peter Jones
Peter has been an active member of the national organisation for ornithology in Spain (SEO/Birdlife) since 2003. He is co-founder of the local SEO group for the Serranía de Ronda and is also a licensed bird ringer/bander, classified as ‘Experto’ the foremost classification for ringers/banders in Spain. A Naturalist, Birder, Nature Guide, Tour Leader, Author, Artist and Field Researcher. Peter is a senior tour leader and guide for several destinations and companies throughout the world. Peter is the founder and ex-chairman of the Andalucia Bird Society and also involved in various steering committees developing sustainable tourism here and in other countries. Founder of the Iberia Bird Festival. Peter is also a founding member and associate of Andalucia Wildlife Guides. Involved in animal studies and research projects in Spain and overseas. Currently developing natural history education projects for schools in Morocco and Spain. Current projects also include coordinating efforts to engage schools in Spain and Morocco to participate in the Osprey Migration Foundation project to link both children and communities through satellite tracking of migrating Osprey.
Catch-up on the news here and with our tours on Peter's Blog. Trip reports, articles, personal stories and lots of photographs, always worth a read and interesting updates for all our many friends here at Spanish Nature!
Serrania de Ronda - 1st in Europe for Raptors?
The geographical location of the Serranía and Sierras makes it one of Europe's best areas for the concentration of raptors. The Serranía and Sierras have four breeding species of eagle and many other raptors.
The importance of the area is recognized for the habitat it provides for so many breeding bird species. Apart from this, the area is also an important staging area in spring and autumn for spectacular numbers of migrant birds of prey. Indeed, being placed so near to the famous ‘Straits of Gibraltar’ the area is rich in passerine bird species migrating to other parts in spring and autumn.
Even in winter, the area provides a temperate living quarter for many familiar summer birds of northern Europe. Whatever the time of year, the Serranía de Ronda and the Sierra de Grazalema is a must for any interested in birds and wildlife in general. Routes taken vary according to the weather, but in any event, the number of bird species seen will be considerable!
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