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Welcome

A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and FREE forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database & conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society.
The main site and the forum also have areas restricted to members of the society. To get even more benefits from our web activities and also be entitled to receive newsletters, quarterly magazine and attend field trips please SUPPORT US!

News

Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link

We are not just about birds! Why not add your observations to the Other Wildlife Board on our forum follow this link

We have now published the March 2017 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list follow this link

Announcements

Andalucia Bird Society in the News.  
The Andalucia Bird Society now has a regular article in the free newspaper The News.  Each article is about a different bird species that you will find in Andalucia.


Do you know of any county or national bird clubs
, societies, organisations that might want to exchange links with us? We think we can offer their members a great resource through mutual links and able to give their members a point of contact and reference if they intend visiting Spain. Thanks, The ABS team

Members info

As many will already know we were having problems with accepting payment for memberships using PayPal. The problems are now resolved and you can now follow the registration process and use PayPal to pay for membership. If you prefer there are alternative means by which to pay, for instance we are able to accept bank transfers, so if this is a suitable alternative for you, please contact us for further details. For clear instructions using PayPal please see ABS Forum.

Do any members have either articles they want published here on the main site and or photographs we can use in our gallery? If you can contribute please use the 'contact us' form. See main menu bar above.
Note: Members can now access their own area on the main site. See main menu bar above.

Publicity

Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation if you become an affiliated member of the society. If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.
Do you provide a service in Andalucia? Banner adverts appearing at the top of all pages available for a donation to the society.
Do you offer guiding services in Andalucia for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists and or general nature tours? We can offer links on our web site for return links and a single free membership day tour guided by you each year. If you have an interest in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.

Want a Professional Guide?

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Interested in one or more days birding in Spain?
See the list of guides approved by the Andalucía Bird Society
 
All guides listed have fulfilled the criteria for and qualified to participate in The Professional Bird / Wildlife Guides Certificate.
Next field meeting
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Our next field meeting will be held on the 9th of September 2017. We will visit Tarifa & La Janda in Cádiz Province.  All actual information you can find on the forum.
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.

Accommodation / Affiliated Members

Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation for those becoming affiliated members of the society. Here you will be seen and appreciated by prospective visitors to Andalucia and your membership fee will go directly towards helping the society fund conservation and preservation projects. Why not join and contribute to a worthwhile cause rather than a private company or individual?  If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.

HOTELS / CADIZ province
La-Botica-de-VejerLa Botica de Vejer guest house is an ideal base for nature tourists, particularly for those interested in ornithology and birdwatching. Vejer is located within the region of La Janda, an area of outstanding ornithological value due to its strategic location as part of the Gibraltar Strait area and close to large natural parks as well as to La Janda. From the rooftop terrace of the hotel, which offers a spectacular view over the area, you can easily observe species such as kestrel, lesser kestrel, spotless starling, swallow, common and pallid swifts, which nest in the surroundings of the hotel.
Telephone: +34 956450225 Mobile: +34 617477636 / 610778879
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Websitehttp://www.laboticadevejer.com
10% discount on our rates to all members of ABS
 
 
El-Lago-ZaharaHotel Restaurant Al Lago is is a family run rural boutique hotel and restaurant, close to Ronda.
Overlooking an azure lake below the picturesque pueblo of Zahara de la Sierra. One of Spain's heritage "white villages" and part of the "rutas de pueblos blancos". Zahara sits in the dramatic landscape of the "Sierra de Grazalema" a protected nature reserve popular for hiking, birdwatching and paragliding.
In the well establised restaurant, we are now using locally sourced ingredients to re-create rustic Andalucian cuisine with a contemporary touch. All meals can be enjoyed out on our terrace, which stares over the wide reaching lake and off into mountains dotted with olive trees.
Interiors are strikingly simple with a focus on understated luxury; large comfortable beds, crisp linens, polished natural plaster walls and soothing earth tones. Each room has wrought iron French doors opening onto balconies with views over the lake.
Telephone: +34 956123032 Mobile: +34 662052553
Email:  iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: http://www.al-lago.es
 
 
 
hotel la torre photoHotel La Torre is situated on the main N340 just west of Tarifa and provides comfortable rooms with an en-suite and a free breakfast.  Dinner is also available.  There is free wifi in all rooms. With ample free parking this is an ideal base especially for birders visiting the nearby top sites of Tarifa for raptors, Los Lances beach and the delights of both La Janda and Barbate.   Bolonia is a short journey away so the hotel can be used as an ideal base for a short birding break.  Hotel Restaurante La Torre can be found at Km 77.2 on the N340 and contact the following for more details.  10% discount on our rates to all members of ABS
Telephone: +34 956 68 99 90  

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: http://www.hotellatorre.net
 
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La Codorniz, Hotel & Restaurant is situated on the main N340 at km79 near Tarifa in Cadiz Province. A birder’s paradise; it is a centrally located quality hotel almost opposite Los Lances beach and very near to both La Janda and the Cazalla raptor mirador; perfect for birdwatchers. Within a very short time, you can also be at sites such as Bolonia, Barbate and Zahara de los Atunes plus those many birding sites near Tarifa. Easy access to Tarifa itself if catching ferries. Lovely swimming pool at the rear and all our comfortable rooms have both air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Breakfast included in the price.
Tel: 0034 956 68 47 44 Fax: 0034 956 68 41 01 
 Website: http://www.lacodorniz.com Email contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
CASAS RURALES / CADIZ province
casamccallionCasa McCallion is situated in Cadiz Province, on the ridge of the Sierra del Cabrito midway between Algeciras and Tarifa and just a short walk away from the Alcornocales National Park.  We offer a range of accommodation including en-suites with breakfast rooms that can provide bed & Breakfast and self-contained apartments including private gardens or patios.  The gardens themselves attract a range of small birds and the house is centrally located for visiting the nearby raptor viewing points at El Algarrobo and Cazalla.  Gibraltar is not too far away to the east and the birding hotspots of La Janda and coastal observations points such as Los Lances and Bolonia are close by to the west..
Further details and costs can be found by Tel: +34 956688177 Mobile: +34 615340027

Website: www. Casamaccallion.com Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

espia3web1Huerta Grande Province Cadiz  “ ESTRECHO” Strait of Gibraltar
Huerta Grande`s self-catering cottages and  wooden log cabins are spread out within a  7 acres of woodland
Our 7 acres are nestled in a narrow gorge canuto that carries the sound of fresh water throughout the grounds. These canutos conserve a sub-tropical habitat unique in Europe: a dense foliage of rhododendron, laurel, ash, birch, oak, and even a rare species of carnivorous plants. Huerta Grande is a little way inland, roughly halfway between Gibraltar and Tarifa. During the bird migration months you will struggle to leave the Huerta Grande car park as raptors fly past. You can spot black kites, honey buzzards, Egyptian vultures, griffon vultures, and with a little bit of luck, the magnificent Ruppell´s Vulture. At night, sitting in the café terrace, you will be captivated by the Beater call as it crosses the Strait.
In Huerta Grande you will find peace and tranquillity. There is a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi and a lovely outdoor terrace, a swimming pool and we can offer meals and Pic-Nics for groups. We can organize transport, specialised Bird guides, Whale and Dolphin watching and short trips to Morocco for hiking or Birdwatching
www.huertagrande.com
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Tel 0034 956 67 97 00 - Spanish only: 0034 659 483 458 - Spanish, English and German: 680 483 458
 
 
1-Alcala-de-los-GazulesCasa Alcornocales is situated in Alcalá de los Gazules the Capital town of the Alcornocales Natural Park. Alcalá is in the Cadiz Province, midway Algeciras and Jerez de la Frontera.  We offer self-catering accommodation and bed and breakfast. We have four en-suite bedrooms all with individual beds that can be arranged as singles or doubles. We can accommodate eight people and can provide a full meal service if required. We also have a large roof terrace with spectacular views over the natural park and of course a good view point to spot migrating birds. The town is also known for its resident population of lesser kestrels. We are centrally located for visiting the nearby birding hotspots of La Janda, the Gibraltar Straits and coastal observations points such as Los Lances, Tarifa and Bolonia; all are under an hour away. Please contact me direct for further information or visit our website.

Telephone Helen: +34 956420487 Mobile: +34 605524624

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web site:http://paintinginspain.co.uk/selfcatering.html

casa-zambraCasa Zambra This spacious townhouse has an open plan living room/dining room and kitchen with lots of character. The kitchen leads onto a secluded patio.   Upstairs there are two bedrooms (both with en-suite bathrooms)   Another flight of stairs leads to a roof terrace with amazing views over the countryside. The house has reverse air con/heating units and a wood pellet burner so it is comfortable to use for summer or winter breaks. WIFI throughout the house (including the patio and terrace).

Olvera is known as “the King of the Pueblo Blancos” (white towns) and it was declared a Protected Area of Artistic and Historical Importance in 1983. It is a friendly town with a population of around 10,000 and has all the amenities you will need to enjoy your holiday.
 The area is very popular with bird watchers - the most important site close to Olvera is The Peñón de Zaframagón, one of the largest Griffon Vulture colonies in Europe and home to a pair of Bonelli’s Eagle. 
Contact:  Karen Dearnaley - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://casazambraolvera.com/

casita-alegriaCasita Alegria - Jimena de la Frontera - sleeps 2.
Our beautiful holiday home is on a quiet street near the Moorish castle and is within easy walking distance of all amenities.  
The accommodation occupies the top floor of a traditional town house and is comfortable and well equipped. There are reverse air con/heating units and open log fire so is suitable for summer or winter breaks.  There are stunning views over the countryside from the terrace and from inside the house.  
Jimena de la Frontera is surrounded by the Alcornocales national park and the countryside is beautiful and varied with numerous walks (many from the village itself). It is also an ideal area for bird watchers.

Contact:  Karen Dearnaley - Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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