Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in a single good quality hotel, and will have direct flights, and these at kind times of day! And most importantly field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours giving you plenty of time to relax before and after. Direct flights are available from some regional airports.
There seems hardly a moment when birds of prey are not soaring in the Pyrenean skies. Red and Black Kites are common, and we’ll see Short-toed Eagles, Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures, Booted Eagles and Peregrines. The Aragonese foothills are cloaked in aromatic meadows home to a fabulously rich butterfly fauna. Here we’ll see Weaver’s Fritillary, Spanish Purple Hairstreak, Marbled Fritillary and Esper’s Marbled White. One of the very few Lady’s Slipper Orchid populations in the Pyrenees is close to our comfortable base at Berdún and will be in flower during our visit. Other orchids on the agenda include Lizard Orchid, Elderflower Orchid, and the lovely Black Vanilla Orchid. White-letter Hairstreak, Spanish Chalkhill Blue, Provençal Chalkhill Blue and Safflower Skipper fly amongst the varied and colourful valley flowers. Higher, Apollos float over carpets of beautiful blue Gentians, pink Primulas and elegant Snowbells. Snowfinches potter amongst alpine gems such as various Androsaces and purple and orange Alpine Toadflax. Lammergeiers and Golden Eagles cruise the blue skies and the characteristic sharp cries of yellow-billed Alpine Choughs lend atmosphere to the stunning landscapes of the Hecho Valley.
This valley is famed for its Wallcreepers and we’ll also enjoy Citril Finches, whilst lower down are typical maquis birds such as Cirl Bunting, Firecrest and Red-backed Shrike.
Dates and Prices
3rd June - 10th June 2024 (8 days)
* doesn't apply if you're willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged
Birds, Butterflies, Flowers and Mountain Landscapes.
The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 12. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
All flights. Transport, accommodation and meals in the Pyrenees. Services of your leaders. Drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature including travel insurance, are not included.
Casa Sarasa will be our base for the week. English-run, this very comfortable small hotel is superbly situated on the edge of the medieval village of Berdún. Casa Sarasa is well-known for its delicious meals, and the rooms are all nicely furnished with comfortable beds and en-suite facilities.
No more than two or three miles in any one day, and always at a slow pace, ideally suited to photography.
UK flights are direct return flights from London Airports to Bilbao. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.
*these routes may incur a supplement.
Generally warm and sunny with temperatures usually reaching 30°C or so in Berdún, but cooler when we go into the higher areas during the daytrips. Occasionally it can be cooler and wet.
Contact us to check if there is availability for the number of places you require. Click on the ‘Book this Tour’ button on this page to be taken to the online booking form or contact us and we will send one to you which you can complete and send back to us. You will receive confirmation of your place, and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.