Tour Itineraries

Iberian Lynx and Birds Tour with Sandwich Bird Tours
January 28th to February 3rd 2018

Holiday Highlights

The Iberian Lynx, the rarest cat in the world!
Endangered raptors such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture and Black Vulture. During the 2-day extension we will visit different habitats with a good chances of seeing Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Great Spotted Cuckoo (February), Bonelli’s Eagle, etc.
Special mammals: Spanish Ibex, Mouflon, Wildboar, Otter and Red Squirrel!
Other special birds: Azure-winged Magpie, Hoopoe, Little Owl, Sardinian and Dartford Warbler, Thekla Lark, etc.

Holiday details

In this amazing wildlife tour we will visit one of the last strongholdsof the Iberian Lynx, the rarest cat in the world.
After many years of being on the brink of the extinction due to habitat fragmentation and lack of its main prey (rabbit), the Iberian Lynx is recovering.
This top predator will be our main target along with many raptors and other mammals which roam in the Mediterranean forest of the Natural Park of Sierra de Andújar.

In order to find this elusive cat, we will spend most of the morning and afternoon at the watch points, listening to the characteristic mew of the Lynx and scanning the surrounding forest.
In addition, we will visit other places to add mammals to our list, such as Spanish Ibex and Otter.

The Natural Park of Sierra de Andújar is located in the NE of Andalucía, Spain. This well-preserve forest holds a large number of mammals and raptors which take advantage of the numerous rabbits that are restocked for the Lynx.
In winter, during the mating season, Lynxes become more active and are seen patrolling their territories. In addition, they also become more vocal, and this makes it easier to find them during the winter.
Raptors also become more active and we expect to watch them displaying and to hear the “crock crock” call of the Spanish Imperial Eagle.
Golden Eagles are also a possibility and the largest bird in Europe, the Black Vulture, is frequently seen.
Little Owls nest between the granite rocks and Rock Buntings, Hawfinches and Warblers can be seen moving from bush to bush. Corn Buntings gather together and Hoopoes are usually seen feeding on the meadows.

Our accommodation for the holiday will be in a cosy and environmentally aware B&B located in the Natural Park, Villa Matilde
In the surroundings of the rural hotel you will find a stone pine forest teeming with birds, particularly Azure-winged Magpies.

The last two days of the trip will be located in the province of Granada and Málaga where we will look out for a diverse variety of birds in different habitats.

Iberian Lynx and Birds Tour with Sandwich Bird Tours
January 28th to February 3rd 2018 - ITINERARY

Day1.Málaga airport-Andújar Natural Park (2 h 40 min)
If time allows, we can spend the afternoon looking for Lynxes.
Accommodation in Villa Matilde

Day 2,3 and 4. Andújar Natural Park.
Most of the park is private land but there are 2-3 public areas to visit. We should spend most of the morning and afternoon along a track which overlooks the forest. For having lunch, I usually drive to another location so people don’t spend all day in the same areas. One or two afternoons, we visit a river to look for Otters at dusk.

Day 5.Andújar Natural Park-HúetorTájar (2 h 10 m)
If we have had close views of the Lynx, we can depart to HuétorTájar after breakfast. If not we can have another go until lunch time and then drive to HuetorTájar. The rest of the day will be spent driving around the farmland and lower hills to get a good variety of birds. In a good day, I have seen 70 birds following this itinerary.
Accommodation in Hotel Rural Cortijo de Tájar

Day 6. Fuente de Piedra Lagoon (1 h)
It is one of the most important breeding places for Greater Flamingos in Spain. In addition, we should see Common Cranes and with a bit of luck Spanish sparrows, Hen Harrier, etc. Depending of the water levels, we might visit other lagoons.

Day 7.HuétorTájar-Málaga airport (1h)
Important: I always tell people that in order to see the Lynx we have to spend most of the day in the same area scanning the landscape. I don’t know why but some people think that searching the Lynx is like being on safari.

Cost £965 plus flight with low cost airline.
Single supplement £110
Lunch is included during day 1 in a bar halfway to our accommodation.
The last day just breakfast is included.

Price includes
Accommodation, all meals, transport, checklist and guiding

Not included
Flights, travel insurance and personal items.

Leaders: Pau Lucio & a Sandwich guide
Group size: Maximum of 12 guests and 2 leaders
Short distance walks and morning/evening hours scanning the forest.
We will provide some chairs.

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