Wildlife

Wildlife

Trujillo is the perfect place to see fantastic examples of wildlife and animals that have long disappeared in other European countries.

Extremadura is home to some of the rarest species of birds in Europe. Thanks to its low population density and the persistence of ancient agricultural practices that benefit flora and fauna, the region has become a safe haven for many types of rare birds. Extremadura has developed into one of the best places to birdwatch in Europe.

The low levels of intensive farming and the many fresh water reservoirs allow insects and other small animals to thrive. This attracts bird species from all over Europe and Africa which come to Trujillo and Extremadura to breed.

Trujillo is populated by many varieties of birds including 15% of the Earth's population of rare Great Bustards and Lesser Bustards. If you decide to spend your bird watching holidays in Extremadura, you are sure to catch some wonderful sightings.

Monfragüe & Bird watching experiences in Spain

Apart from the great diversity of bird species (almost 360 species can be found) one of the characteristics that makes Extremadura so highly regarded among birdwatchers is the wide variety of habitats.

Across Extremadura, it's still possible to find irrigated plains, river valleys and reservoirs, rolling grasslands, mountains, urban areas and the most common landscape in the area, open woodlands. This diversity of habitats attracts birds from all over the world during the migration season.

The National Park at Monfragüe is one of the best spots for bird watching in Spain. Monfragüe is a nature lover's paradise and the park is home to all manner of animals such as the rare Iberian Lynx, red roe and fallow deer. There is also fantastic flora diversity.

The nature reserve and sanctuary were created in 1979 to protect wildlife and bird species, becoming a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2003 and a National Park in 2007.

Monfragüe is populated by 280 vertebrate species and is the global stronghold for two spectacular raptors: the enormous black vulture and the beautiful Iberian imperial eagle. In all, 3 species of vulture breed here along with 5 species of eagle, 3 species of kite and 2 species of harrier. A large number of waterfowl species are found in and around the reservoir and the rivers around it.

Where to stay and what to do

Monfragüe is a Mecca for ornithologists and bird specialists from around Europe and beyond. Don't miss the Extremaduran Bird Watching Fair held in spring and our special offers on The Townhouse and The Artists Studio. For more details see our villa detail pages and check for availability.

The lake at Cornalvo was created in Roman times and is well worth a visit. Cornalvo is home to some unusual fish including the Anaecypris hispanica, various reptiles and more than 155 bird species.

Extremadura's natural environment is tremendously rich and vibrant. If you are a keen bird watcher, or simply love outdoor holidays, you won't have time to get bored here!


How to Get There

  • Driving: 
  1. To Monfragüe - 45km/ 28 miles/ 35 minutes on EX 208.
  2. To Cornalvo - If you are driving from Trujillo, take on A5 and it takes about 60 minutes (85km/ 53 miles).

The wildlife photography on this page is credited to Alan Redley. Alan Redley is an enthusiastic photographer a regular guest at Trujillo Villas staying in Villa Moritos. We are impressed!

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