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Red Deer Bellow Trip in Spain

Spanish Red Deer Rut Tour in Asturias

A 1-day Red Deer Bellow Trip in Spain is an immersion into the mid-mountain areas of the country where forests and wildlife have coexisted with husbandry and farming for centuries. This is a relaxed-paced experience, available on request, where you will explore the isolated and depopulated areas that are perfect outposts for wildlife spotting and enjoy nice walks through a clean atmosphere, demonstrated by the many mosses and lichens that thrive there.

According to phenology, the study of the cycles of nature, every year during the autumn biological life changes come about. It is a time of changing weather, colourful turning leaves and migratory birds. September and October are the times of year when one of the most breathtaking wildlife events takes place: the rut, known in Spain as La Berrea - the Bellow. And Asturian forests are home to the Red Deer, leader of the rut as it is the largest wild herbivorous animal in the Iberian peninsula.

These mighty animals, at the peak of their sexual tension, assert their position in the herd and demand females' presence using their bellows. For wildlife watchers, this happily makes them easy to  locate and identify. Their bellows are especially intense on drizzly wet days, known locally as orbayu days, echoing through the shrubby fields and dense Asturian forests. Early in the morning or late afternoon is the time we choose for the best sightings, driving and walking in two of the regions Natural Parks.

Although wildlife is the goal of this Red Deer tour in Spain, we will also introduce you to the area's cultural heritage and local customs. There will be time for tasting local delicacies as a coffee break is guaranteed! And you could also try the delicious natural cider or local wines.

Up in the mountains we can do some serious birding and find  wolves, Wild Cats, and Pine Marten in our scopes. Some interesting amphibians are still active in autumn, too. Our fully licensed official guides will be with you the whole time, showing you the best places to be and answering your questions.

Our tours are not generally physically demanding, but if you have concerns we can provide tailor-made tours according to your fitness levels.

Red Deer Bellow Trip in Spain highlights include:

  • The evocative sights and sounds of the Red Deer rut
  • The chance to see wolves, Wild Cats and Pine Martens
  • An introduction to the culture, customs and cuisine of Asturias

Would you enjoy a specialist day trip to see some Brown Bears? Have a look at the Brown Bear and Its Habitat Trip, Asturias, Spain.

Alternative Tour Name: Spanish Red Deer in Autumn Tour
Day 1
The Deer Bellow

Deer bellow goes on along some weeks in September and October when males hold largest antlers and females attend and gather among the bush.

Deer bellow tour starts at your accommodation, and after less than an hour we reach the parking place. Once we have everything we need to walk and wait for the animals we proceed to move to our upper base camp. It takes 45 minutes by walking(other itineraries are available). Upper basecamp is a small crop surrounded by forest and our wildlife sight-seeing spot. Guide will introduce you to local habitats and landscape interpretation but focusing on red deer. As soon as the sun sets we walk down back to the river in order to drive you to your hotel where the tour ends.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus hispanicus) is the largest wild herbivorous animal within the Iberian peninsula however little smaller than the northern Europe red deers. Males can weight 160 kg (females 100 kg) and height 2,20 m (females 1,95 m). Specie has gender dimorphism and only males hold antlers after the first year. This Iberian deer is maneless animal what makes it unique. Deers roam in search of food across the valleys, through the forests and along the mountain slopes but they mainly feed on herbs by the woods edges and plant life transition areas.

What is included?

  • Licensed official guide
  • Transportation
  • HD Swarovski Telescope
  • Binoculars

What is not included?

  • Meals
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Geoface?

Geoface is a small, local Asturian company that supports responsible tourism and research. We are all licensed Official Guides with more than 20 years experience in active tourism on both national and international destinations.

Why visiting Asturias for a red deer tour?

Asturias has protected one third of its land since 1918 and currently is home or either visited by over 70% of all Spaniard birds, 350 brown bears, large deciduous forests and just a few inhabitants. Mountain ranges span along 300 km, quite close to the coastline therefore local and very different habitats offer a myriad of chances for wildlife spotting. Red deer bellow comes every year together with fall when landscapes become colorful and summer visitors have gone. Cozy accommodation and supreme gastronomy are guaranteed.

What kind of activity is a red deer tour with Geoface?

Reed deer tour is a guided tour focused on reed deer bellow, to listen and to spot the animals. Deer habitats are nested on the mountain slopes we reach by walking so tour provides you with an immersion in local nature highlights while exercising. We do not hide but use HD optical tools from a safe certain distance in order to reduce impacts. Meals are usually somewhere out there right because our visited deers grounds are located in gorgeous and astonishing places.

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1 Day

Price & Availability

EUR90 / per person
This tour is operated by: Geoface

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Tour Facts

  • Redes Natural Park, Ponga Natural Park and Piloña
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Mammals
  • 4 to 6 pax. maximum
  • September, October
  • Moderate
  • English, Spanish
  • Asturias Airport
  • Asturias Airport