Extremadura is well-deservedly recognised as one of Europe's top birding destinations.
The combination of a rich diversity of habitats, largely traditional land use with a low human population
density and geographical position in the south-west of the Iberian Peninsula makes it one of the most
species rich areas in Spain. The international importance of the region is clear when one considers
that about 75% is designated as Important Birds Areas, a figure that cannot be matched anywhere else
in Western Europe. This importance is partly because of the significant populations of birds of prey
like Black Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle and Bonelli's Eagle, as well as species like Black Stork.
It is also because of the value of the region for wintering birds such as Common Crane and waterfowl,
as well as a migratory stopover for species like Black-tailed Godwit. The diversity of habitats mean
that within easy reach of Casa Rural El Recuerdo one can find all the main habitats and see the
species that they support.
When you stay with us, we will be delighted to give you all the help you need to find the species that you want to see, either through our free advice or by being taken out into the field by Martin.
We can also give advice on opportunities to photograph birds, including access to local services providing hides.
The spring is considered as the most popular time to visit Extremadura, although winter is also of growing interest, especially because of the spectacular numbers of birds present. However, birding can be very rewarding at any time of the year. Here is a quick summary of the seasonal highlights.
Here are checklists that you can print off
"Excellent birding with Martin, really recommend spending time with him. Nothing too much trouble."
"A week is too short to enjoy the lush green landscape of Extremadura. The variation of grass steppes with rocky areas, mountains of Monfragüe and of course the dehesas with colourful flowers"
"Wonderful: room, food, house, birds and especially guide."