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Extremadura’s Spring Riches Tour

5based on 1 review
Spain 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,790 / per person

Extremadura’s Winter Spectacular Tour

5based on 1 review
Spain 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,790 / per person

More Than Birds Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,790 / per person

Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura

5based on 7 reviews
Spain 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,790 / per person
Starting From EUR 180 / per person

The Birds and Orchids tour

4.83based on 2 reviews
Spain 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,790 / per person
Starting From EUR 1,645 / per person
Spanish Imperial Eagle
The Spanish Imperial Eagle is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula and a classic species of the open woodland, especially where there are adjacent plains. Extremadura is one of the best places to see this species well. The adult’s pure-white leading edge of the wing shows brilliantly in the sunshine.
Black Vulture
Extremadura holds the highest density of breeding Black (Cinereous) Vultures in the world. It is a massive bird with a wing-span of nearly three metres, nesting in woodland and looking for carrion over open terrain.
Great Bustard
Great Bustards are the world’s heaviest flying birds and internationally important populations are found on the plains of Extremadura. Early spring provides the best time to see the amazing “foam bath” display of lekking males.
Little Bustard
The rapidly declining Little Bustards can be found on the plains in Extremadura. In the spring, the boldly patterned males can be located by their distinctive courtship call, whilst the species gathers in flocks during the winter.
Common Crane
With over 130,000 individuals present, there is no other region in the world with as many wintering Common Cranes as Extremadura. The peak numbers are from November to early February and they can be found in a variety of habitats from open woodland to arable land and stubble fields.
Black Stork
Extremadura holds globally important populations of this species and opportunities of seeing this normally very shy bird at undisturbed nesting sites. Although an attraction mainly of spring and summer, a few birds can also be found each winter.
Iberian Magpie
Formerly called the Azure-winged Magpie, this is an endemic species to the south-west of the Iberian Peninsula. It is an abundant bird in the right habitat, and easily seen in the garden of Casa Rural El Recuerdo.
Black Wheatear
This scarce and restricted range species occurs in rocky areas throughout the year in Extremadura. It is not an easy bird to find, so Martin’s local knowledge will be invaluable to locate it.
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
A classic bird of the open plains which is often in large flocks. Its far-carrying call is very helpful for locating this species. It has a gorgeously patterned plumage, best seen in morning light in early spring.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
The Black-bellied Sandgrouse occurs in open-country and usually in small groups. On the ground, they can appear rather dull-coloured at a distance, but they transform in flight with bold contrast between the black belly and white wing-linings.

Birding Extremadura contributes to local conservation effort both through annual donations and through voluntary work to census and monitor critical species.

We currently partner the conservation charity AMUS, which runs a wildlife recovery centre, as well as species reintroduction projects in Extremadura, elsewhere in Spain and in other southern European countries. Here is the link to their website: http://www.amus.org.es/

Birding Extremadura and Casa Rural El Recuerdo are part of the Birding in Extremadura Product Club which is a partnership between the business sector and government of Extremadura aiming to promote and develop sustainable and conservation-conscious birdwatching and wildlife tourism in Extremadura.

Martin is President of the Extremadura Nature Guides association, GUIDEX, is a board member of the Common Crane Conservation Working Group in Extremadura and the Extremadura Rarities Committee. Claudia is a board member of the local rural development body ADICOMT, which brings together the public and private sector.

On a business level, we are blessed in being in the heart of a gastronomic paradise, making sourcing locally produced wholesome and sustainably produced food very easy, coupled with the fact we use our very own organic olive oil and produce from our garden when in season.

We supply re-usable water bottles to guests on our customised tours and have thus eliminated our use of plastic water bottles and no longer use plastic bags for picnics.

  • Extremadura - Spain\'s Wildlife Paradise
    Extremadura’s Spring Riches Tour
    Sue Hadwin8 Nov 2017
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    I've had two separate week long 'tailor made' holidays with Martin and Claudia at their beautiful Casa Rural El Recuerdo. Martin is a brilliant guide; so knowledgeable, not only about birds and the natural world, but also about Spain and it's culture. He knows the area intimately - the best locations for seeing different species, great coffee stops and wonderful places for midday picnics! Nothing is too much trouble for both Martin and Claudia and I certainly intend to go for another holiday there again. Superb!!!
  • Fantastic custom wildlife holidays
    Extremadura’s Winter Spectacular Tour
    Julie and Geoff3 Jan 2018
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    We've had several holidays with Martin and Claudia and all have been amazing - great hosts, friendly, knowledgeable field guiding and super coffee stops! Martin tailored each trip to match our requests exactly and we've seen birds, plants, butterflies, dragonflies and stunning scenery without feeling hurried as in other organised trips we have been on. We're looking forward to our next trip!!
  • Dragonflies & Butterflies
    More Than Birds Tour
    John Westwood1 Jun 2019
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    As usual an excellent holiday enjoyed by all three of us.Wonderful sightings of new species for us of dragonflies & butterflies & the gold standard of leading from Martin. Some good birds as well.
  • Extremadura Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies).
    More Than Birds Tour
    Pierre J Deviche28 Jun 2019
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    My wife and I spent 5 days in late June 2019 exploring the Extremadura region with Martin Kelsey as our guide. The main focus was odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) and this was our first visit to Spain with the goal of finding and photographing these insects. We visited multiple locations that would have been impossible or at least very difficult to find on our own. Martin proved to be extremely knowledgeable, patient, and a great source of information not only about odonates but also birds (another specialty of his), as well as, in a general sense, the natural history of the region. We were delighted, by the end of our trip, to have observed and photographed the majority of our target species. Accommodation at Martin's house was in all respects perfect and delightful. The trip exceeded our expectations and made for many fond memories. Highly recommended.
  • Early Spring birding holiday with Martin Kelsey
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Len & Jean5 Jun 2017
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    The best birding trip ever from a very professionally organized it does not get any better. All our questions were answered with the same positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Excellent Extremadura
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Mark & Sally5 Jun 2016
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    The best trip ever.
  • El Recuerdo Birding Trip in Extremaduro May 2019
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Peter and Gill Brierley19 May 2019
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    My wife and I plus two friends spent 10 days late May 2019 visiting the variable habitats in the Extremadura region with Martin Kelsey as our guide. Although the main focus was Ornithology (we saw 160 species), the butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and insects were also excellent. This was our third visit so as an add-on this year Martin tailored the itinerary to include the Gredos Mountains, which proved well worthwhile. Martin’s detailed knowledge to give the best chance of seeing specific species at the various locations is what is so essential when visiting such areas at different times of the year. We also had many detailed discussions about the species we saw and the conservation efforts being made in the region. The opportunities for photography were also excellent both in the field and specifically in the grounds of El Recuerdo where a rare chance to digiscope Hawfinches feeding on Milk Thistle seeds was a highlight. Accommodation at Martin and Claudia’s house was again in all respects perfect. The organisation of this trip and other visits exceeded our expectations and left us with many unforgettable memories. We are already planning to visit again, perhaps at a different time of the year so as to add to our total species list, so far totaling 190 birds.
  • Spring wildlife in Exremadura
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Mark and Pam17 Apr 2019
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    This guided holiday turned out to be perfect in every respect. Martin and Claudia made us feel completely at home from the moment we arrived at El Recuerdo to the time we had to say goodbye. Martin's guiding and knowledge of birds and flora and fauna was exceptional. Each day was exciting and variable and it exceeded all of our expectations. Coming home to Claudia's home cooked meals using local ingredients was a welcome end to each day. A return visit? Absolutely!
  • Extremadura
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Mark Ferris15 Jun 2019
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    I have stayed with Martin and Claudia (great hosts) several times now over the years, at Casa Rural El Recuerdo. And have seen many birds, plants, butterfly, and dragonfly species, during my time spent there. Martin is very knowledgeable, and very acquainted with the area, and without him i would have certainly struggled with finding the sought after species i wanted to see. I would also like to mention the great food, and of course the locally sourced wine!!....nothing is too much trouble for them, and they cater for all dietary requirements. I will certainly be back!
  • The indulgence of a customised holiday
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Veronica and Laurence24 Mar 2019
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    Martin has an astonishingly extensive knowledge of the area and its wildlife – he is a truly expert ornithologist – making this a customised holiday that exceeded our most optimistic hopes. He took us to superb locations where we saw a tremendous variety and abundance of birds and other wildlife (from a family of otters playing to orchids) – all the while benefiting from Martin’s almost encyclopaedic knowledge of wildlife in general and birds in particular. For variety some trips based on the history of the region were woven in, all with zero hassle as we were escorted everywhere to sites of interest and kept topped up with coffee as required… Then in the evening Claudia looked after us expertly, with 3 course meals accompanied by wine. 😊 Extremadura still has amazing wildlife, especially birds, and it is difficult to imagine how we could have had a better guide. It was all so enjoyable we are hoping to repeat our visit, but in autumn in order to experience the wildlife at a different time of year.
  • Extramadura Bird and Wildlife Trip
    Customised Private Birding or Nature Holidays in Extremadura
    Mary and Tom Wallis4 Mar 2019
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    I have had 3 visits to Martin and Claudia for different trips at different times of the year, two of those trips have been tailor made for me, my husband and my sister. Without exception each trip has been everything I could wish for, and more. Claudia and Martin are great and attentive hosts, in a wonderful location and Martin is a superb guide, so knowledgeable and sensitive to the environment, and always aware of what we hope to see, what is happening and what is around, and opportunities that he knows we will enjoy. There is nowhere I would rather visit or stay,
  • Great SpringBirding
    The Birds and Orchids tour
    Gary Dean26 Mar 2018
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    We had heard about the birding to be had in Extremudura and finally got round to make a visit. The trip exceeded our expectations and in the very capable hands of Martin and Claudia had a very enjoyable time. We came to see the displaying Bustards which did not disapoint, but we saw and enjoyed so much more. The multidude of birds of prey was a highlight as well as the early spring orchids. We booked the fully guided tour and we really appreciated not only Martins knowledge of the area and help in locating the birds but also his entusiasm for them, we learnt so much.
  • Casa Rural el Recuerdo Spring 2018 trip
    The Birds and Orchids tour
    Derek and Helen Langslow9 Apr 2018
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    A week of great birdwatching seeing 141 species and admiring orchids with Martin Kelsey. Extramadura has fine landscapes, interesting history and ancient villages. Martin took us to excellent wildlife sites and contributes to conservation locally. Our stay was comfortable and most enjoyable. We visited in 17 to 24 March 2018
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