More Than Birds is a local wildlife company established in Lugueros (a tiny village with only 25 inhabitants) which is 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). We provide an overall experience of Spanish traditional culture to give our customers an authentic and unique hands-on trip of a lifetime. As a company, we 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 stems from two wildlife biologists who firstly, work as guides but secondly, have 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.
Our More Than Birds guides were born and raised in the Cantabrian Mountains. After living in other countries (Canada and USA), both came back to our “home” looking for a sustainable life in Europe. We maintain a ‘house style’ – relaxed but professional and are both experienced in birding and wildlife watching, photography, traditional culture, and group management. More than Birds offer a pleasant, leisurely and fun outdoor experience for all. To conclude, we create unique, authentic and unforgettable experiences in one of the last Europe corners where the human population is very low.
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
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