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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 as a professional wildlife guide over 10 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 most of Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, India, Costa Rica, Canada and Australia.

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.



7th - 13th January 2020


The gorgeous Iberian Lynx, is the most endangered cat species in the world and was on the brink of extinction. However the pro-active Andalucian government have a strategic plan of conservation and re-introduction to help save this wonderful and iconic cat.

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 two rivers - the Jandula and the Yeguas. This Natural Park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx (c.250 individuals), and is working hard to increase this figure. This gorgeous animal lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest where it specialises in hunting rabbits and birds. This ancient woodland is open and spacious - primarily of Holm, Gall and Cork Oak, though Alder, Ash and Poplars are to be found at the margins of rivers, glades and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive. As well as Iberian Lynx, Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon, Red & Fallow Deer are occasionally to be 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 Vultures.

Just a quick note at this stage to say thank you for such a wonderful holiday. It was just the break I'd hoped for and needed. The company and birdwatching was superb.

D & H Clarke

Thank you once again for a brilliant trip to the Sierra de Andujar. To have not one but several good sightings of the near mythical Iberian Lynx is something that I will never forget as long as I live. However, I should not forget to mention the excellent sightings of Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle and Black Shouldered Kite together with a surrounding cast of many other great birds and mammals. An excellent trip to an amazing area.

B. Whatley


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