Dragonflies and Damselflies in Different Extremadura Habitats
A private 8-day Dragonfly Holiday in Extremadura led by Martin Kelsey any time from June to mid-August. This Extremadura dragonfly holiday is a leisurely paced trip available on request where you can expect to see at least 30 species.
Extremadura offers the visitor an incredible wealth of wildlife experiences. Thanks to its low human population density and still largely traditional land use, there is plenty of space for nature. There is a surprising diversity of landscapes so, in a week’s holiday, different habitats can be explored each day, which adds to the richness of the experience.
June to mid-August is an ideal time for dragonflies, which can also be combined with looking for butterflies as well as some excellent birding. There are over 55 species of dragonflies recorded in the region and we should be able to see well over half of these during a week’s private tour.
About 20% of the dragonfly fauna are species of African origin, which is of particular interest. Birds, especially late spring specialities and mountain-breeding species can also be expected at this time of year. There are first signs of autumn passage from the start of June.
"My wife and I spent 5 days in late June exploring the Extremadura region with Martin Kelsey as our guide. The main focus was odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) and this was our first visit to Spain with the goal of finding and photographing these insects. We visited multiple locations that would have been impossible or at least very difficult to find on our own. Martin proved to be extremely knowledgeable, patient, and a great source of information not only about odonates but also birds (another specialty of his). - Pierre J Deviche
We will visit all the important habitats in the region for dragonflies and damselflies: mountain streams and bogs, mid-course and lower-course rivers, gravel pits, pools, reservoirs and rice fields. Please tell us which species you are particularly interested in seeing and we will advise you on the best time to visit.
As well as aiming to see as many species as possible, there will also be plenty of scope for photography, enjoying a stay in one place to seek excellent views of target species. The itinerary is tailor-made to focus on your interests and priorities. We often use a second accommodation base in the north of Extremadura to take full advantage of the glorious habitats of the mountains there.
Summer temperatures can be high in Extremadura, although it will be cooler in the mountains and, at many of the sites, some shade is available.
Dragonfly Holiday in Extremadura highlights include:
- Sitting beside a river in the mountains watching the distinct behaviours of different dragonflies as they defend their territories, forage and seek mates
- Walking slowly along the edge of a reed-bed looking for dragonflies quietly perched close to the water
- Mountain meadows alive with butterflies, with dragonflies roaming marshy patches and Ortolan Buntings in song
- Photographing dragonflies obelisking in the heat beside gravel pits to the sound of Great Reed Warblers, Penduline Tits and European Bee-eaters
- Encounters with dragonflies as we walk slowly in the shade of deciduous trees
Please Note: now taking bookings for 2023!
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Birding Extremadura is registered by the Government of Extremadura OA-CC-00052 and is a proud member of the Birding in Extremadura Product Club.
Sharing our passion for nature in Extremadura since 2005
Alternative tour name: Seeking out the Dragonflies of Extremadura