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Bird Ringing Trip in Doñana, Spain

Doñana National Park Bird Ringing Trip

This easy-paced half-day Bird Ringing Trip in Doñana is available on request. Doñana National Park is one of Europe's paradises for birds, particularly waterfowl. Located to the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, a few kilometres from the Straits of Gibraltar, Doñana has a warm climate all year round and its varied habitats make it a haven for a wide range of migratory birds. It could be said that this place is one of the most important enclaves in Europe for birds and therefore an ideal place to take part in a birding ringing trip.

More than 600,000 birds arrive from North and Central Europe to spend the winter in and around Doñana. Some 40,000 breeding pairs arrive from the African continent, in addition to the resident birds that are monitored year-round. From the beginning of the last century countless ornithologists from any other countries have travelled to Doñana, intent on researching and studying the endemic birds of the area as well as assessing the endangered species that either live there or pass through.

Since the 1950s, populations research has been carried out every year and bird ringing trips have been conducted to increase scientists' knowledge of birds' migratory movements. This feeds into data about their ecological needs and recovery plans for threatened species. Bird ringing is therefore an important tool for  conservation.

On our birding ringing trip to Doñana you will spend around six hours participating in one of these bird ringing efforts and seeing the work of the scientific experts from the Doñana Biological Station (E.B.D.). You will also learn about their conservation programs and what the future holds  for many of our familiar species. This will be a great hands-on experience that will increase your knowledge and ID skills of bird species and sub-species. Not only that, but you will be spending time in the unique environment of the beautiful Doñana National Park.

Bird Ringing Trip in Doñana highlights include:

  • A visit to one of the largest wetland complexes in western Europe
  • A hands-on experience of birding ringing
  • The opportunity to learn from scientists about bird species and their conservation

If you are interested in this bird ringing trip but would like to also go on a full day's birding in Doñana? Why not have a look at the Birdwatching in Doñana Trip, Spain.

Alternative Tour Name: Doñana National Park Bird Ringing Expedition
Day 1
Morning Session

We will pick you up very early in the morning from your accommodation, normally about 1 hour before sunrise as the bird activity begins in Doñana early and by that time all our equipment must be ready.

In the early hours of the morning is when more bird captures are made, so our work of collecting birds will be more intense. This activity requires the assembly of Japanese networks for the capture of birds. Subsequently and under the instructions of our expert banders, we will proceed to collect data, ring and release the birds back into the wild.

At mid-morning we will have a picnic to recharge our batteries and we will continue working until noon.

In the end, we will make a full count of the birds recorded made and then enjoy a few beers with tapas in a bar in the area.

Greater Flamingos, Eurasian Spoonbills, White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck, Red-knobbed Coot, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Western Osprey, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Purple Swamphen, White Storks, Lesser and Greater Short-toed Lark, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gulls, Gull-billed and Caspian Terns.

What is included?

  • Free transfers
  • Foods
  • Liability insurance
  • Professional nature guide
  • Optical material
  • Bibliographic material
  • If the tour is more than 1 day, check with Living Doñana

What is not included?

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Flights
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • What ever is not included in "What is included"

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Why book with Living Doñana?

The scientific banding of birds is another way to contribute to its conservation and to know in more detail the different species of birds that we can find here, some of them very hidden and difficult to observe with the naked eye.

Do I need to wear special clothes or shoes?

It is advisable to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and wellies, because sometimes the place where we do bird ringing is a flooded place

Can you organize a tour of several days, ringing in different places in Doñana?

Of course. We adapt to your needs and can help you organize your all-inclusive tour (accommodation, meals, transfers, guide, insurance), except flights.

Besides bird ringing, can we carry out other activities in Doñana?

Of course. You can contact us and we will offer you the activities that we carry out in Doñana. You can also visit our website for more information (www.living-donana.es)

Is there the possibility of organizing a bird ringing in another place outside of Doñana?

Of course. We know many of the groups of banders who work in other areas outside of Doñana.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

0.5 Day

Price & Availability

EUR100 / per person
Group Discount Available
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This tour is operated by: Living Doñana
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Tour Facts

  • Doñana
  • On Request
  • Half Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 6 hours
  • Sept. to May
  • + 5 Years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English, Spanish
  • Seville Airport
  • Seville Airport