Doñana Birding & Nature Tours
Wild Doñana offers birdwatching day trips and multi-day tours in Doñana National Park, the crown jewel of the Andalucía region of Spain. It can also take you to many other exciting birding spots in this part of southern Spain.
The Sierra Morena mountain range, for instance, has superb birdwatching opportunities with many resident and migratory species. The Odiel estuary marshes are filled with wildfowl and waders. And the countryside around Tarifa should not be missed in migration season when thousands of birds of prey, among others, stream across the Straits of Gibraltar.
A tour to this area can also afford encounters with other iconic wildlife of Spain. There is a tour that Wild Doñana runs to find the elusive Iberian Lynx. This has been the subject of conservation efforts in Andalucía and this is one of the few places in Spain where you can have a reasonable chance of success at seeing them.
It’s not just Andalucía that Wild Doñana covers, though. Your tour can also take you across the border into Portugal to really extend the birding experience. Our expert team comprises some of the best wildlife guides in the area, with many years of guiding experience between them, so they know the best places to find the best birds. It’s juts a matter of choosing exactly what you want to see and putting in a request!
Southwestern Spain is one of Europe’s top birding destinations and the legendary Doñana National Park, home of iconic Spanish specialties such as the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle, is a fantastic experience. The great collection of habitats – beaches, marshes, wetlands, steppes, forests, and hills – offer an extensive avian checklist for year-round birding.
Manu is our chief guide and he and his fellow local guides will make you feel as if you are touring with friends – knowledgeable ones at that! Have a look at the tours that Wild Doñana offers and, if you want to find out more, or ask for a tailor-made option, get in touch through the request form.
Manu has been a wildlife enthusiast almost since birth. He has over 15 years of experience as group leader and he is also a Spanish heritage expert. because of his love for Nature, He is involved in a non-profit organisation, Brizna, which works to preserve Spanish native natural heritage. He is also involved in bird ringing and species monitoring. Clients really appreciate the value of Manu’s local expert knowledge and vast experience of birding in Doñana. Equally important is his infectious enthusiasm and, as one guest put it, he has: “Excellent English and bird knowledge that seemed to know no bounds.”
Sergio was born in Huelva town, that is surrounded by some of the most important seasonal marshes in the Iberian Peninsula. He was inquisitive about nature from his early youth exploring the area’s Mediterranean forests, marshes, natural beaches. He studied Biology at university and then began his career as a guide in 2003. Doñana, the saltmarshes within the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and the Extremadura area are his guiding hotspots. But he also enjoys taking guests to other parts of Andalucia, Navarra, Catalonia. He loves sharing his knowledge of Spanish wildlife.
In her college days, Maria participated in many nature volunteering programmes, including bird ringing. It was when she held a shorebird in her hand for the first time that her real passion for birds began. She studied biology at university and completed a course in Forest and Environmental management. After her degree she began to travel abroad and lived in the UK and in Pennsylvania in the US. There, she participated in a post-graduate programme at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a global centre for bird conservation, analysis and education. Maria came back to Huelva in 2016 and began work as a wildlife guide.
Wild Doñana is included in the Tourism Registry of the Andalucian Government as an Outdoor Tourism company AT/HU/00049.
Scroll down to see our conservation work and ecotourism credentials.
In Wild Doñana, nature is not just our business, it is our way of life. Our team of guides is made up of passionate young people who have fallen in love with nature, either because they grew up in natural surroundings or they had an experience that sparked their interest in the natural world.
All our guides were involved in conservation projects before they began working as guides, and they still are. Our main goal is the preservation of the species and habitats we show people on our tours, through ecotourism and promoting sustainable development.
As part of our work, we take the following actions:
- We monitor bird rings/bands and report to the Doñana Biological Station to support their conservation work.
- We actively participate in many local initiatives and conservation projects as volunteers.
- We work with Park Rangers and Wildlife Officers to fight wildlife crime.
- We spread the word about conservation amongst the farmers and other local people to promote a positive attitude to nature in the local community.
- Our activities also bring extra income to the area through ecotourism. This helps to give local people a sense of the value of their natural heritage.
- Our guides not only speak about natural history but also about the history of Spain and the area’s local traditions and culture. Humans are part of nature and we believe it is important to count on ethnography for habitat conservation.
In our commitment to reduce the impact generated by our tourism activity, these are our sustainability achievements:
- We recycle as much as possible of our waste generated during our excursions.
- We have reduced the use of plastics. We do not provide the customers with glass rather than bottles, filled with healthy tap water.
- We have reduced the use of the vehicles to save fuel and pollution and have adapted our itineraries to spend as much time as we can out of the vehicles.
- We have developed a programme of educational work. We go to schools and take the children out to show them what we do and the amazing wildlife around them.
- We volunteer in local conservation projects – bird ringing, chameleon, bat and otter surveys, plus removal of non-native flora at local nature reserves.
We are registered as Outdoor and Ecotourism operators by the Tourism Department of the Andalusian Government and belong to several business and guides organisations that work for the improvement of the local communities from a sustainable point of view. We belong to:
- Partnership of Ecotourist Operators of Doñana National Park.
- Federation of Outdoor and Ecotourism Operators of Andalucia.
- Association of Guides of Doñana National Park
- Association of Professional Nature Guides of Spain.
- Members of the Andalucia Bird Society and we are approved guides by their quality standards.
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote nature conservation and wildlife watching, we are proud to be sponsored by Opticron, a UK-based company that not only manufactures high quality optics but has a serious commitment to wildlife and local communities. That is why their list of Partnership Conservation Programmes is ever-growing (further information on projects supported by Opticron HERE).
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