Birding in Northern Spain
Barcelona Birding Point is a wildlife specialist created with the aim of providing high quality guided wildlife and birding in Northern Spain tours from our base in Barcelona. Catalonia, and Barcelona, have become a birding hotspot in the last years. This is easy to understand by taking a look to a map. The towering Pyrenees are only 75 minutes drive from the town, extensive traditional wheat fields and semi-deserts expands immediately West of the city (hosting probably the best density of Little Bustards in Europe) and wetlands of all kind are scattered along its geography; from the massive Ebro Delta in the coast to the really interesting ponds around Lleida.
Barcelona Birding Point offers a wide range of birding Spain tours, from half day trips up to four-day long tours including a number of set departure or scheduled tours throughout the year. If you would prefer something a little more bespoke or tailor-made (one to twenty days), these unique experiences can also be easily arranged. Our tours will lead you throughout some of the best birding locations in Spain where you can enjoy stunning views of the most sought-after species along with amazing scenery in areas of great natural beauty.
Carles Oliver and Sergi Sales have over 20 years of experience working as professional birdwatchers and birding guides. In the last 10 years they have been leading tours to only in the Pyrenees and Spain, but also in a diversity of countries including Morocco, Finland, Oman, Ethiopia, The Gambia, South Africa or Israel.
Still, we grew up as birdwatchers in Catalonia and we enjoy the incredible biodiversity of the area we live in. Our philosophy is to have fun, enjoy the landscape, culture, history and wildlife in a relaxed but vivid way. Local art and cuisine has been elevated to art in both Spain and Catalonia and should be a must for any visitor!
If coming to explore the wonderful birding spots that you can find in Catalonia you will not only enjoy gorgeous specialities such as Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, Dupont’s Lark, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, European Roller or Moustached Warbler but, in the proper season, incredible bird migration including good numbers of Curlew Sandpiper, White-winged Black Tern and most European Warblers but also chances for scarcer species including Great Snipe, Collared Flycatcher or Red-footed Falcon.
Barcelona Birding Point provides to their customers with some of the best birding experiences while playing an active role in wildlife preservation. Refer to their “conservation” tab.
Barcelona Birding Point can also offer professional photo hides to secure exclusive images of the most iconic birdlife living in the Pyreness.
Carles is a ten years experienced birding guide not only in Catalonia and Spain but also in Europe, tropical Africa and the Middle East. He coursed Geography from the University of Barcelona and studied Fauna & Flora Management at the University of Cádiz. Since 1998 he has been involved in numerous studies of Catalan birdlife, especially raptor migration (1998-2008) and Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring in both the Pyrenees and Llobregat Delta. In 2010 he founded Barcelona Birding Point.
He is the main guide for our scheduled and tailor-made tours running in Catalonia but also in most of our main destinations including Spain, Morocco, Finland, Ethiopia, Uganda, South-Africa, Oman, Mongolia,…
Professional birdwatcher for over 20 years. Sergi is Agronomist amd Environmental Advisory. During many years was in charge of the ringing campaigns in different natural parks in Catalonia, including Ebro Delta. Nowadays is mainly studying steppe birds and bird communities related to wetlands. Former member of both Spanish & Catalan Rarities Commitees. Taking part in birdraces along with official Swarovsky Rarebirdspain Birdracing team.
He guides tailor-made tours in Catalonia but he is also guiding our tours running in The Gambia, Bulgaria, Israel and has been co-leading along with Carles in other countries including Oman & Finland.
Avid birdwatcher and traveller, Eugeni’s passion for birds has brought him to all five continents on Earth. He consolidated himself as a birdlover when he was 14, during a nature camp in Ebre Delta Natural Park. Since then he has collaborating in a variety of projects related with monitoring and preservation of birdlife in Catalonia and South America.
In 2019 he focused in being the first of counting 1.000 species of Ecuador in a journey of only 75 days. The expedition exceed its own remarks as they got 1.048 species of birds, and captured photos of up to 901 of them. Like this, they became the expedition with a highest number of birds ever recorder in a single country with no use of internal flights. Now, his new challenge is to guide other birdwatchers throught the New World birds, sharing his knowledges and his passion.
He is in charge of our tours covering Ecuador and, in a next future, Colombia.
Barcelona Birding Point is a trade mark of Carles Oliver, inscribed as a Tourism Registry by the Catalan Government with number GC4696 as an Active Tourism Company.
Regarding Catalan, Spanish and European Laws, all bookings with Barcelona Birding Point are secured by a 500.000€ insurance to cover any potential insolvency or cease of trading of the company. This same insurance cover all deposits and pre-payments made to Barcelona Birding Point.
Regarding European Laws, Barcelona Birding Point includes or offer to all its clients a travel and health insurance covering all basic eventuallities throughout the contracted tour.
Barcelona Birding Point provides our customers with some of the best birding experiences possible while at the same time play an active role in wildlife preservation. We are acutely aware that many areas of great interest from the point of view of wildlife preservation receive little or no official protection. Areas of cereal-steppes is a clear example, where there is often little local communities to promote rural development. This minimises the impact on these sensitive areas while at the same time help to raise awareness of the importance of species and habitat conservation.
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