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News in brief: Christmas tours to Spain, France & Portugal

Rock Bunting (Richard Stern)

Rock Bunting (Richard Stern)

In France ...
Highlights on our 8-day ‘Provence at Christmas’ holiday included Little Bustard, Southern Grey Shrike, Dartford Warbler, Rock Bunting, male Hen Harrier, Crested Tit, a singing Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Citril Finch, Rock Sparrow and Crag Martin. In the Camargue, flocks of Greater Flamingoes, plus Common Cranes, Black-necked Grebes, White Storks, Penduline Tit and Booted Eagle gave some avian seasonal cheer, as did watching a pair of Eagle Owls one evening. On Christmas Day, our group enjoyed a superb traditional Christmas meal as well as sightings of Bonelli's Eagle and Wallcreeper. Visits to the historic city of Arles and the walled town at Aigues Mortes rounded off an excellent Christmas tour.

In Spain ...
An abundance of birdlife characterised our 7-day ‘Spain - Extremadura at Christmas’ birdwatching holiday. Black-necked Grebe, Black Stork, Little Bittern, Black Kite, Jack Snipe and Penduline Tit joined the ‘peninsula specialities’, Spanish Imperial and Bonelli’s Eagles, Cinereous and Griffon Vultures, Little and Great Bustards, Eagle Owl, Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Purple Swamphen, Iberian Grey Shrike and Thekla Lark, to make for a superb trip!

In Portugal ...
Our 7-day ‘Portugal - The Algarve at Christmas’ holiday recorded more than 130 bird species (plus 8 species of butterfly on the wing)! Regional specialities seen by our group included Audouin's Gull, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Red-billed Chough, Azure-winged Magpie, Richard's Pipit, Spotless Starling, Crag Martin and Purple Swamphen. Six species of wintering warbler and 7 species of raptor were among the other birdlife enjoyed by our group to a backdrop of stunning scenery. The mild sunny weather, delightful hotel and delicious cuisine also helped make this a most enjoyable festive break.

Christmas tours 2015:
Our Christmas tours typically fill quite quickly, so please do book early to guarantee your place!

For further information about any of our holidays that operate over the Christmas period in 2015 please call Andy on 01962 733051 or email