Doñana & winter wetlands in Andalusia
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7 days sampling wetlands
– Birds, amphibians and fairy schrimps
– Doñana National Park
– One nocturnal walk for salamanders
The lagoons, marshes and ponds are at their highest level and will start to dry out over time until the vast majority dries up in late spring.
They are not alone! 16 species of amphibians -10 Iberian endemics- populate Andalusian ponds and temporary streams. Just as extraordinary and much less well known, branquiopods (Tadpole shrimps, Fairy schrimps and Clam schrimps) are obligate inhabitants of temporary waters and are not uncommon in the region.
Other more generalist aquatic invertebrates accompany them. It is not uncommon to observe late in the season dragonflies (Sympetrum striolatum) or migratory dragonflies (Anax ephippiger). Some very specialized species of aquatic ferns complete this picture of the fauna and the flora subservient to Mediterranean aquatic ecosystems.
DAY 1 | Transfer from airport - Seville
DAY 2 | Doñana, temporary ponds, Brazo del Este
DAY 3 | Guadalquivir valley lagoons and Cordoba
DAY 4 |Sierra Morena amphibians
DAY 5 | A flavour of Extremadura
DAY 6 | Back to Doñana, El Rocío
DAY 7 | Classic birdwatching in Doñana
DAY 8 | Transfer to the airport
- A wildlife watching travel lead by local nature guide. Groups 5-8 people.
- Half board (picnics by the participants).
- Double rooms (single room supplement).
- Does not include round-trip flights by plane.
The discovery of Seville and Cordoba, two historic cities with a rich artistic heritage and surprising urban biodiversity. Additionally we will stay two nights under a traditional thatched roof. We will visit one of the prime habitat for Great Bustards.