Iberian Lynx

The Iberian Lynx is the second most endangered wild cat in the world, so if you are privileged enough to be in Spain or Portugal and have one of these stunning cats in the viewing scopes during your Iberian Lynx wildlife tour, then you can celebrate with a few drinks that night!

The Iberian Lynx has very similar physical characteristic to the European Lynx, but with males weighing in at around 14kg, they are half the size of their close relative. They are a fairly specialised predator, which is often a disadvantage in a world dominated by man and where shrinking wilderness habitat is the norm. Their diet is predominantly rabbits and hares, although they will occasionally take birds and fish. Their fur is typically greyish, with tints varying from yellowish to rusty and is distinctly spotted.

Mating season is from December to February. One to four, usually 2-3, kittens are born after a gestation of 60-70 days. Female Lynx choose small cavities like caves, rock cervices and hollows in trees to raise their young. The Iberian Lynx kittens are eating solid food by 1 month but will nurse for 3-4 months becoming independent around 10 to 11 months of age.

These Lynx are found to inhabit scrub vegetation, Mediterranean woodland and maquis thicket. A combination of habitat destruction, persecution by hunters and road kill resulted in this beautiful cat coming close to extinction, so the priority was to create viable protected areas with high prey density – particularly rabbits – so the Iberian Lynx had the best conditions to rebound for its dangerously low population numbers. After great success growing the core population in Andalusia, it was essential to give the lynx more room to breed by creating new populations in other regions and avoid a disease wiping out a large population. Based on the quantity of rabbits and the quality of the habitat, sites were selected in Sierra Morena, Montes de Toledo, and the Matachel valley in Extremadural, as well as the Guadiana valley in Portugal.

Iberian Lynx Tour Led by Trai Anfield

Iberian Lynx Wildlife Tour – one of the rarest cats in the world and have generally been regarded as very challenging to view in the wild. However a combination of recent conservation initiatives in Spain, depopulation of rural Spain and a strong passion for this beautiful cat from local wildlife guides, has resulted in increased knowledge of its few remaining strongholds. Wildlife Trails has teamed up with a local Spanish wildlife company with many years of leading successful tours to this beautiful region. So join Wildlife Trails on this specialist winter Iberian Lynx safari with Trai Anfield.

In addition to Iberian lynx you will have the chance to use a specialist hide to photograph golden eagles against majestic mountain backdrops, and other iconic Andalucian species including Spanish imperial eagle, black vulture and griffon vulture. We will also have access to a bespoke hide for red deer, carefully designed and situated to optimise your chances of gaining backlit shots against the sunrise. To stretch our legs after a couple of days in the hides we will head out on foot along the river to track local otters, which seem far more accommodating for photographers than many we have encountered elsewhere.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 7
Activity Level
When to Go
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2940
Gourmet Spring Birding & Wine in the Mediterranean

Spring birdwatching, gourmet food & wine tasting in the Narbonnaise regional park with two expert local guides accompaning a maximum group size of just 6 people. This tour is not for hardcore birders, but for people wanting to combine the pleasure of food, wine and birding in the beautiful warm and sunny region of Occitanie in May 2021.

Allan and Kirsty Blanchard have had a house in the Languedoc (Occitanie) since 2010 and although mammal viewing options in France are still fairly limited in scope – although the Wolves are coming! – there are some spectacular and diverse landscapes for birding and the region has the highest bird count in France. The food and wine in this region are also spectacular, so for our very first ‘wildlife tour’ in France we are promoting this ‘Gourmet Food, Wine and Birding tour’. This tour is suitable for all fitness levels and is definitly not a hardcore birding trip. Instead it is a gentle immersion into the regions various delights, which include spectacular scenery, amazing regional food, stunning wines, historic Cathar castles and some excellent birding. The tour has a lovely bilingual leader, as well as a charming French female birding guide to look after our small group of 6. Anyone looking to extend their stay or take part in activities close to our hearts – Allan (walking and kayaking) and Kirsty (horse riding) are welcome to speak to us direct and it is very likely we will be in the area during May 2021, when the tour is planned.

Style - Small Group
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 8
Activity Level
When to Go
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Price (Excl. flights)
£1850