All our professional wildlife guides are approved by and are members of our Society. Individually and collectively they are a valued and important part of ABS. Many will be known to members who have already used their guiding services or have been guided by them on our monthly field meetings. Most have also contributed articles to our quarterly magazine ‘Birds of Andalucía’. All our guides give their time for our official ABS field meetings free of charge.
We believe they are the best wildlife guides in the region and a day spent in their company offers a rare chance to enjoy all aspects of our wild places under their expert guidance and knowledgeable company. Without exception a day spent with them is not only enlightening, but great fun too. All are at ease with the beginner or the more experienced wildlife enthusiast. Whatever your level of experience your day with them will enrich and further your understanding of our native fauna and flora.
In this series we introduce you all to our ABS approved professional guides and each part of this series goes into detail for 3 guides. We will be introducing 3 others in Part 2 soon.
Mick is well known to many members and he is a long standing member of ABS. He leads member’s field meetings in Granada Province and has a wealth of knowledge regarding birdlife within the area. Mick’s knowledge of wildflowers (orchids in particular), dragonflies and butterflies just adds to a great day in his company. As a resident in Granada Province, he runs day tours around the areas of Sierra Loja and the Cacín Valley, these tours are very well supported and popular. Mick hails from the midlands in the UK, but has resided here for many years, gaining respect here from his peers and clients alike. A day with Mick will provide endless opportunities to understand the fauna and flora of the province. To learn more and make a note of Mick’s contact details see his listing on our guide’s page here.
In common with our approved wildlife guides, Manu will be known to many of our members. Manu’s enthusiasm and expertise makes a day in his company fun and educational. He has loved nature since his pre-school days and his local knowledge is second to none. A resident in Huelva, Manu is well placed to provide day tours within the National Park Doñana, the Odiel Marshes, Sierra Aracena and Sierra Norte. Not only is Manu an expert guide for our wildlife, but he is also a heritage expert, it makes for a rounded day in his company. Not many guides can boast being the leader and guide for professional birdwatching tours since 2004. Manu is is also a co-founder member of the acclaimed Andalucía Wildlife Guides organisation. See more and contact details here.
José Luis Sánchez Balsera
José has led several ABS field meetings in Jaén and in particular the Sierra Andújar. He has also been a great supporter of the Society and has contributed on a few occasions with articles for ‘Birds of Andalucía’. Formally José was the regional biologist for his province and this provided exclusive insights into the area and he brings that experience into his work as a guide. He is resident in Úbeda and his knowledge of both the wildlife and culture in Jaén is astounding. A day out with José is a complete experience, his local knowledge in all aspects of the province’s fauna and flora are a delight. Be warned José enthusiasm is infectious! José is also a co-founder of the much acclaimed Andalucía Wildlife Guides organisation. To learn more and for his contact details see his listing on our guide’s page here.
We hope you can support our Approved Professional Wildlife Guides. We will be posting Part 2 soon and this will feature Frank Hair, Vicente Malagon and Luis Alberto Rodriguez.