The Spanish Steppe, Castile & Leon  Wildlife

The Spanish Steppe, Castile & Leon - 5 days


On this short visit to North Central Spain we’ve been able to combine two interests, pelagic and terrestrial bird watching , and package a short visit to encompass both. Of course, we can’t guarantee that the advertised wildlife will appear on cue but no doubt this is something you’ve lived with for years. However, our expert Guides are confident that the dates selected are quite propitious for our purpose.
We use a Spanish coach on this programme and everyone meets at the Ferry Terminal in Plymouth
A complete contrast to the coastal programme is the area near Palencia in what is regarded as the Spanish Steppe and we’ll be taking a close look at Lago de la Nava. The bird target may be really interesting for birdwatchers who have already been in one of our previous groups or are making a first visit with us : Great Bustard, Bustard, Lesser Kestrel, Crested Lark, Woodlark, Montagu´s Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, but there is not doubt that the Aquatic Warbler, a world rarity, gives this environment a very special value for birdwatchers all around
Europe. The Nava lagoon is the main area of passage for this species in Spain. The paths are quite flat so it’s going to be easy going all the way and we have built in recuperation breaks to make the bird watching as comfortable as possible

On Sunday We’ll set off from Plymouth’s Millbay Docks at 1645 on the flagship cruise-ferry “Pont Aven” to sail to Santander on Spain’s north coast. A 2-berth cabin is provided for both sailings. During the crossing, our guide, Paul Burley, will be on hand to spot and identify the wealth of wildlife as we cross the English channel and into the Bay of Biscay. Along with the wealth of cetaceans there will be a lot of birdlife In Autumn we can look forward to the wealth of wildlife that can be found in the English channel and into the Bay of Biscay where we can see good numbers of Manx Shearwater and occasional sightings of Great Skua, Storm Petrels and Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua and Sabine’s gull to name but a few making this an opportunity not to be missed.
On Monday We land in Spain at 1215 the local coach and our local Guide, Javier Gil Vaquero meets us at the Ferry Terminal and we drive out of the city and southwards over the Cantabrian Cordillera and thence to Palencia. We expect to arrive at our hotel, La Posada La Casa del Abad in Ampudia . The hotel has a swimming pool for your pleasure. In the late afternoon the Guides will show you the immediate area before dinner.
On Tuesday we start out in the morning for our first session . Our afternoon session will begin as the heat leaves the day and in due course we return for dinner.
On Wednesday we leave the hotel after breakfast for our morning session and early in the afternoon we begin the drive back to the coast and we’ll have a little time in Santander before we board the ship for the 2145 sailing to England. Once again, Paul Burley will be on hand during the sailing to offer advice and assistance.Enjoy the cruise homewards on the “Pont Aven”, especially as we pass the Isles of Ushant on the western tip of France where we hope to see good numbers of Balearic shearwater amongst some of the species previously mentioned and we’ll arrive at Plymouth on Thursday at 1700.

The cost includes: ; ferry crossing with cabin ;coach travel in Spain travel in Spain as detailed; two nights 4* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast and dinner each day at the hotel with wine; two packed lunches ; excursions with local wildlife Guide; activity with Cetacean Guide as detailed.

Departure date

October 4thCost £460 

Single supplement. £85

Meeting  point. - Brittany Ferries’ Terminal, Millbay Docks, Plymouth