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Brown Bear Trip

4.88based on 4 reviews
Spain 1 Days
Starting From EUR 90 / per person

Wild Cat Trip

Spain 1 Days
Starting From EUR 90 / per person

Partridges On The Snow

4.5based on 1 review
Spain 1 Days
Starting From EUR 90 / per person

Hidden Steppe Birds Trip

5based on 3 reviews
Spain 1 Days
Starting From EUR 90 / per person

More Than Birds Custom Tours

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 1 Days
Starting From EUR 90 / per person

Alpine Birding Trek

4.67based on 1 review
Spain 3 Days
Starting From EUR 270 / per person
Pyrenean Grey Partridge
In most of its range, Grey Partridge occurs in steppes and cultivated lowlands, or even in urbanised areas, but in the southern parts of the range, the subpopulations may dwell in isolated mountain habitats without cultivated areas. However, in Iberia, Pyrenean Grey Partridge subspecies occupies only alpine and sub-alpine habitats, in three isolated Mountain Ranges. (Perdix perdix hispaniensis)
Wallcreeper
A small passerine bird found throughout the high Eurasian Mountains from southern Europe to central China. It is the only extant member of both these genus and family. The Cantabrian Mountains are the westernmost border of the distribution of this colourful species which is likely the most beautiful in the Iberian Mountains. (Tichodroma muraria)
Little Bustard
Formerly an abundant species it is increasingly scarce nowadays due to intensive agriculture. Mating season (May) is really amazing due to males use a lekking system. If agricultural politics doesn´t change the Little Bustard song and dances will be just scenes of the past. The León Steppe maintains the best Little Bustard population in North Spain with around 200 birds. (Tetrax tetrax)
Great Bustard
Opposite to the Little Bustard, the Great Bustard is doing very well in Spain. This species is the largest populated Bird in Europe and its lekking reproductive system is amazing. Huge males turn into “white” to attract females. The León Steppe is the habitat for 3000 Great Bustards. (Otis tarda)
Eurasian Brown Bear
The biggest Eurasian carnivore became extinct in most of the Western Europe Mountain ranges. However, tiny and isolated ranges such as the Cantabrian Mountains have maintained big carnivores on the brink: Brown Bears and Iberian Wolves survived here until now. Hopefully the future generations will enjoy the presence of these magnificent animals. (Ursus arctos)
Wild Cat
This mini-tiger inhabits forests of Western, Southern Central and Eastern Europe up to the Caucasus Mountains. It is absent in Scandinavia and has been eradicate in England and Wales. In the Cantabrian Mountains (NW Spain), Wildcats are predominantly nocturnal, but during the height of the season and at the right location you may watch them during the day. (Felis silvestris)
Broom Hare
It is a species of hare endemic to NW Spain, restricted to the Cantabrian Mountains. Both Broom Hare and Pyrenean Grey Partridge occupy very similar ecological niches, characterised by a high percentage of broom and heather scrublands, high altitude, slope and limited human accessibility. (Lepus castroviejoi)
Middle-spotted Woodpecker
NW Spain is the western border distribution of this species. Its habitat in this area is unique: mature Pyrenean oak forests. The conservation of this species in Spain is of relevance given the need to understand the effects of forest management. (Leiopicus medius)
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
“Grouse of the Steppe”, Sandgrouse are similar in appearance to doves and pigeons, but unlike these Columbiformes, the Pteroclidiformes have feathered feet and cannot drink without tilting their heads back. To satisfy the thirst of their chicks, males carry water back to the nest in a surprising but effective way: by carrying it in their feathers. Just amazing birds! (Pterocles orientalis)
Lesser Kestrel
A small falcon breeding in the Palaearctic and wintering mainly in Africa. It is globally listed as Vulnerable. During summer much of the Spanish population migrate to NW Spain in post-breeding movements to feed on abundant grasshoppers. (Falco naumanni)

More Than Birds support two conservation projects in Spain by using our 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

  • Bears &! Birds - Outstanding!
    Brown Bear Trip
    Martin Orchard-Webb15 Sep 2018
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    I have been on many tours with many experienced guides. This was the best! Our guide was Manu, a qualified biologist and a committed ecologist whose family home is in these stunningly beautiful Somiedo mountains. Manu's expert knowledge of the area is top drawer. We had long and quality views of Bears, Wild Cat and Wallcreeper. Three very difficult species to see, as well as others such as Golden Eagle! The accommodation he recommended for us in the mountains was more than comfortable and superb value. Manu speaks excellent English, he goes the extra mile and further to make your trip memorable. Highly, highly recommended Martin Orchard-Webb
  • Perfect experience
    Brown Bear Trip
    Emilio Jose Martin Alonso8 Aug 2017
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    Natural Contact without anything more
  • Unforgettable trip
    Brown Bear Trip
    Fabian25 Apr 2018
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    Amazing experience in Cantabrian mountains. The guides showed us bears in it's own environment. We really enjoyed the trip.
  • Incredible experience
    Brown Bear Trip
    Alfonso Blanco1 Aug 2016
    4.83
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    Manu, our guide, is an expert on the area, capable of spotting the tiniest of the birds miles away. Our experience couldn't be better. Apart from spotting a bear with two cubs, we enjoyed 5 incredible days amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Cantabrian mountains in Northern Spain. A must do.
  • Grey Partridges in Winter
    Partridges On The Snow
    Siri F. Thomson7 Apr 2018
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    I never expected to enjoy birdwatching on the snow as we did in Valdelugueros this February 2018. Pyrenean Grey Partridge is the Iberian subespcies of the Grey Partridge, almost impossible to watch but easy in Vegarada Mountain Pass when it is snow covered. Cold and wind in withe but unforgottable experience in NW Spain (Cantabrian Mountains). I surely will repeat winter birding wherever in White. Thanks to More Than Birds
  • Birding in León, hidden Spain
    Hidden Steppe Birds Trip
    Lars Hoglund25 May 2017
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    During our Camino de Santiago spring trip we stopped three days for birding with More Than Birds guide. Great and little bustards, calandra lark and lesser kestrel in the León steppe. Bears, wild cat and black billed woodpecker in the Cantabrian mountains. Unforgottable and near home!
  • Fantastic experience
    Hidden Steppe Birds Trip
    Alistair Walsh26 Sep 2018
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    We spent just one day with Manu and his colleague, but it was a wonderful, wildlife-packed experience. We started early in a tiny mountain village. We were lucky enough to find bears — a mother and two cubs — relatively quickly. We were then able to follow them across the mountain for some time, which was such a special experience. We then replenished with coffee and cake, while our guide kept spotting more wildlife, including quite a close view of a wildcat. Over the rest of the day we walked into the hills to find various birds, including a pair of golden eagles, a short-toed snake eagle and a bunch of vultures. After a late lunch and a break we headed to a different part of the range to try and find more bears. Our guides were unbelievably good at finding wildlife. We just wouldn't have stood a chance without them. They were able to find literal herds of animals we never would have seen. Their equipment is great, including plenty of scopes and binoculars and their knowledge is profound. Completely recommended!
  • Highly recommended experience
    Hidden Steppe Birds Trip
    Alfonso Castro25 Mar 2018
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    Amazing experience in an impressive natural environment. Very professional and friendly guide
  • Excellent
    More Than Birds Custom Tours
    Beatrice3 Feb 2018
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    I have participated in several activities with More Than Birds in the Cantabrian range and all of them were awesome. Great guides that provide great scientific knowledge on wildlife, landscapes and ecology, phenomenal sites in deep Iberia and lots of amusement.
  • Excellent!!
    More Than Birds Custom Tours
    Eduardo Seisdedos10 Jan 2018
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    Superb! We loved the overall the experience! The staff was amazing, punctual, friendly and very informative. We strongly recommend you to take any of the activities, we will!
  • Awesome Experience
    Alpine Birding Trek
    Felix18 Dec 2017
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    Knowing Manuel and his crew was incredible. Walking among that centenaric forest, a kind of magic. What a experience!!!
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