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Welcome to Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays
Julian SykesI have been interested in nature and the natural world all my life and have had the good fortune to be able to combine my love of wildlife & my experience as a guide to develop these holidays for you. I started operating in Spain as a professional wildlife guide several years ago & since then I have developed an excellent reputation for 'value for money' holidays and short breaks always conducted with a high level of professionalism and good humour.

I have had the opportunity to continue to expand & now offer wildlife holidays & short breaks to most areas of Spain (including Iberian Lynx & Wolf watching) with a growing overseas portfolio including Morocco, Turkey, India & Canada.

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Our Aim: To provide wildlife & birdwatching holidays that will be enjoyed by all levels of enthusiast from the beginner to the most target focused. The holidays & short breaks always look to strike a balance ensuring the ultimate feeling of an enjoyable and relaxing time. This can be achieved with our promise of maintaining a small group ratio, allowing everyone the special attention needed.

All our trips are run with customer focus with all members being fully informed and involved in the daily itinerary, with any necessary changes being highlighted to the group before being implemented. Even when birds are the primary focus we will always concentrate on all forms of wildlife including mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians and lizards. We will also endeavour to make all our tours as comfortable and relaxed as possible, with special attention to relating our knowledge and experience over the course of the trip.

We are developing holidays with “a non-birding” partner in mind so look out for the following logo NBW which means that there are optional activities & time to relax with a book.

For more details on how we achieve our aim, please see the testimonials at the end of each itinerary.



17th - 24th October 2015

The Sierra de Cazorla is one of the most important hot-spots for diverse wildlife in the Mediterranean Basin.

It is arguably best known for it's thriving population of Iberian Ibex, which roam the limestone massifs fo this natural park. In the extensive forests there are Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Beech Marten, Red and Fallow Deer. In recent years there has been a very successful re-introduction of Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture), which has culminated in the first successful breeding there for over 30 years! Reptiles and amphibians are abound with good populations of Ocellated Lizard, Spanish Psammodromus, Southern Marbled Newt and the much sought-after Fire Salamander. With more than 2.500 plant species it holds almost 25 % of the total vegetal biodiversity of the Iberian Peninsula - 30 being endemic to these mountains and 100 being endemic to Andalucia.

The Sierra de Andujar in northern Andalucia forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain chain and has a landscape formed from granite, quartz and slate, which is bordered by the Jandula and Yeguas Rivers. The natural park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx and is working hard to increase this figure with habitat creation and an increased Rabbit population - this feline's favourite meal.

This gorgeous animal lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest where it specialises in hunting primarily lagomorphs, but also other prey. This ancient woodland is open and spacious - primarily of Holm, Gall and Cork Oak, though Alder, Mountain Ash and Poplars are to be found along the rivers and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive with Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon and Spanish Ibex occasionally being seen. This unique natural reserve also hold a large population of raptor species with good numbers of Spanish Imperial and Golden Eagle, Black and Griffon Vulture.

There is something for everyone!

Special Wildlife Guide - Fernando Bautista Exposito

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