Wildlife and Birding in Leon
More Than Birds is a local wildlife company established in Lugueros, a tiny village (only 25 inhabitants) in the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains, an area with big carnivores and over 150 bird species.
More Than Birds specialise in one day natural and cultural trips to observe wildlife (including Brown Bears, Wild Cats and other endemic species to the North West of Spain). They provide an overall experience of Spanish traditional culture to give their customers an authentic, unique hands-on trip of a lifetime. As a company they seek to share rare and iconic wildlife of the Cantabrian Mountains to discerning customers while ensuring the utmost respect and ethics towards the targeted species.
Wildlife watching is combined with traditional Spanish culture, food and charming accommodation. More Than Birds excellence is based on two wildlife biologists working as guides as well as access to an extensive network of local hotels and restaurants. In combining the extensive field experience of the biologists and local hospitality, the company works toward environmental awareness of the local people educating the rural economy of the financial benefits offered by ecotourism to their region.
The More Than Birds guides were born and raised in the Cantabrian Mountains. After living in other countries (Canada and USA), they both came back their “home” looking for a sustainable life in Europe. They maintain a ‘house style’ – relaxed but professional; experienced in birding and wildlife watching, as well as photography, traditional culture and group management. More than Birds offer a pleasant, leisurely and fun outdoor experience for all. In their own words: they create unique, authentic and unforgettable experiences in one of the last Europe corners where human population is very low.
Brown Bear Trip
Wild Cat Trip
Partridges On The Snow
Hidden Steppe Birds Trip
Alpine Birding Trek
For more information about wildlife and birding in Leon tours visit the More Than Birds website
Please note the More Than Birds reserves the right to change listed pricing anytime at their discretion. Please contact them directly to confirm.
Pyrenean Grey Partridge
Eurasian Brown Bear
Buntings, Golden Eagle, Bullfinch, Tawny Owl, Cantabrian chamois, red and roe deers, wild boar, badger, weasel, least weasel, Coronella girondica, Cantabrian Viper, Rana temporaria, Chioglossa lusitánica, Orchis mascula, Aceras antropophorum, Orchis purpurea, Dactylorhiza incarnata and Ophrys sphegodes.
More Than Birds support two conservation projects in Spain by using their wildlife observation as conservation tools. Any observation of Brown Bears and Pyrenean Grey Partridge is recorded and sent to specialist scientists. This data is mainly used in behaviour and census studies.
Brown Bear data are used by: http://www.cantabrianbrownbear.org/es/
Pyrenean Grey Partridge observations were recently used to write the first scientific paper on this subspecies based on winter surveys. View here