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Birdwatching Trip to Isla Cristina and Ayamonte, Spain

Birdwatching Trip to Isla Cristina and Ayamonte, Spain

Birdwatching Trip to Isla Cristina and Ayamonte, Spain

This is a half-day birding trip Andalucía is a leisurely one to the tidal marshland between Isla Cristina and Ayamonte that you can arrange for either a morning or an afternoon. These two locations cover a compact 2 sq km but they are fantastic sites to look for waders, wildfowl and seabirds.

Some of the residents include Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Greater Flamingo and Yellow-legged Gull. These are added to in winter by Great Egret, Osprey, Grey Plover, Bar- and Black-tailed Godwits, Audouin’s Gull and Sandwich and Caspian Terns, among others. In summer on a birding trip to Andalucía you can count on Montagu’s Harrier, Purple and Squacco Heron, Collared Pratincole and Great Reed Warbler.

The Isla Cristina Marshes Nature Reserve is comprised of the wetlands and coastal areas - marismas - to be found around the estuaries of the rivers Guadiana and Carreras between the villages of Isla Cristina and Ayemonte. They are situated on the western side of the Costa de la Luz, near to the Portuguese border - in fact the Guadiana River forms part of that border. The Reserve encompasses different habitats, with sandbanks, disused saltpans, creeks and tidal channels, fish farms and pine and juniper woodlands adding to the interest and promoting a large number of birds.

The area that the Isla Cristina and Ayamonte birding trip visits is 45 minutes from Huelva City and an hour and a half from Seville. A half-day trip is easiest from the hotels in Isla Canela, Isla Cristina, and the neighbouring Algarve.

Among many other birdwatching excursions, we also offer a full-day birding trip to Sierra Morena in the north of Andalucia. The mountains are an excellent example of Mediterranean vegetation covering a 400km range. Check out the Sierra Morena Birdwatching in Andalucía Trip, Spain.

Alternative tour name: Andalucía birdwatching around Isla Cristina and Ayemonte
Day 1
Morning or Afternoon Session

In a morning or afternoon we cover many parts of the tidal marshland between Isla Cristina and Ayamonte looking for waders, seabirds and ducks. At the weekends we can also visit the interesting Visitor’s Centre that was formerly used as tidal mill grinding cereals from the nearby farms.

Residents: Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Flamingo, Yellow-legged Gull, Hoopoe, Kentish Plover, Black-winged Stilt.

Winter Birds: Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Gannet, Scoter, Great Cormorant, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Great Egret, Osprey, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed & Black-tailed Godwits, Sanderling, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Mediterranean & Audouin’s Gull, Sandwich Tern, Caspian Tern, Bluethroat.

Summer Birds: Osprey, Montagu’s Harrier, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Bee-eater, Little Bittern, Little Tern, Collared Pratincole, Red-rumped Swallow, Great Reed Warbler.

Migrants: Knot, Spotted Redshank, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Black Tern.

What is included?

  • Professional bi-lingual guide(s)
  • Specialist guide fees
  • Local accommodation pickup (within 30mins from start point)
  • All ground transport throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • Water throughout the trip
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Use of binoculars and telescopes or field scopes
  • Personalised checklists
  • Accident insurance
  • All applicable taxes

What is not included?

  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Items of personal nature or,
  • Meals or snacks throughout the trip
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above, or
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Late migration near Punta Umbria
    Dr Trevor Nicholson03 May 2018







    The Wild Donana team are excellent. The tours are well planned and Manu and Maria are not only skilled and knowledgeable spotters but take extra care to ensure that everyone on the trip gets the best experience. We will be returning.

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Tour Facts

  • The Isla Cristina Marshes Nature Reserve
  • Available Daily
  • Half Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 4 hours
  • Leisurely
  • English, French, Portuguese & Spanish
  • Faro Airport
  • Faro Airport
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