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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.

Find out more about our aim >

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.


Plains and Picos de Europa



7th - 14th June 2015

The Picos de Europa got there name from the early sea travellers crossing the Bay of Biscay and these high jagged peaks being the first land they caught sight of. This is a wonderful time to visit the Picos de Europa not only for the birds but also the butterflies and flowers, which are in their full glory. The scenery alone is worth the visit with it's spectacular karst limestone mountains, some of which will still have snow on them. The birds at this time are still quite vocal with most species now feeding young and some having already left the nest.

Sepulveda is another of Spàin's secret gems rarely visited by people outside of the Iberian Peninsular. The Hoces del Rio Duraton reserve is a deep river gorge surrounded by open areas of fragrant herbs and flowers, which hold many special birds, most notably Dupont's Lark - one of Spain's most 'difficult to see' species. The reserve also holds a huge concentration of raptors and can be a constant aerial distraction of vultures and eagles.

Ms E. Johnson on last year's holiday - Thanks for a brilliant holiday, highlights being the incredible views of Dupont's Lark, Middle Spotted Woodpeckerf and Wallcreeper plus the Pine Martin running up the road - incredible

It was great to see you and many thanks again for super time as always.

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