Lammergeier Birdwatching in southern Spain
This is a 5-day Lammergeier Birding Tour in Spain’s largest protected area, Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas Natural Park. This relaxing-paced tour is available on request and introduces you to some of the best wilderness landscapes in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. Here there are good birding opportunities to see the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, soaring freely amongst the high sierras of Andalucía.
Apart from these magnificent birds of prey, the area is also known for 125 species of birds, 36 species of mammals, 19 families of reptile, 10 varieties of amphibians, and nine species of fish. The Park possesses a remarkable variety of plants with 2,171 species, 35 of which are endemic to the park, and 130 species of butterfly. These numbers underline the extraordinary wealth of natural history to be found in Cazorla, along with the chance to do some Lammergeier birdwatching.
"Absolutely loved every bit of my stay in Andujar. Jose went out of his way to ensure that I had the best experience and he treated me like an old friend rather than a client... What's even more remarkable were his spotting skills; identifying animals so far away that they looked just like dots to me. The most exciting of sightings was a mother lynx with a cub on our very first trip to the park! Would definitely recommend his services for anyone interested in getting the best out of wildlife in Andujar." - Romesh Wijesiri
Visiting this birthplace of the legendary River Guadalquivir takes you to one of the most biodiverse regions in Europe. Reaching an impressive altitude of over 6,800 feet, the Natural Park is a landscape of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs, gorges and magnificent waterfalls. It houses one of the largest reservoirs in Andalucía, called El Tranco. In such a dramatic and varied wilderness, it's no surprise that there are an abundance of natural features.
The geology of these sierras is formed by limestone, with the most typical woodland being pine forests. The Park is, in fact, home to the largest expanse of native forest in the Iberian Peninsula. Paradoxically, in the 18th century the sierras were designated a maritime province, providing timber for both military naval vessels and civil construction. The old tobacco factory in Seville is an example of a wooden structure from those days.
In 1983 the area around Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas was identified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve and in 1986 the Spanish government declared it to be a Natural Park. The EU then recognised it as an Area of Special Protection for Migratory Birds in 1988.
In terms of Lammergeier birding, there are thought to be more than 25 birds living in the wild in the Park, the result of a reintroduction project. The conservation initiative was inspired by the disappearance of this historically resident species in the 1980s. This galvanised action, leading to a heightened awareness of the need to restore the bird to its rightful habitat and therefore the setting up of a breeding centre and other conservation programmes.
From May to September Lammergeier birding is made easy as we have access to the centre and are able to get close to the birds. There is an added bonus that photography of the birds is permitted.
Lammergeier Birding Tour highlights include:
- Easy birding in one of Spain's great wildernesses
- A visit to a Lammergeier breeding centre
- Opportunities to photograph Lammergeier close to in their natural setting
Interested in Lammergeier birding but would also like to enjoy a specialist trip to see Iberian Lynx? Have a look at our Iberian Lynx Tour, Andujar, Spain.
Alternative Tour Name: The Lammergeier in Spain’s Largest Natural Park