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