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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 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.



10th - 17th August 2017

£1495pp (2 places only)

Our two-centre holiday is in the heart of the western Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range, one of the remotest areas of Spain. Our primary objective will be to locate one of Europe's rarest mammals - Iberian Wolf, and this natural park holds a good percentage of Spain's total population of 2500 - 3000 individuals. Despite a high density Iberian Wolves are very difficult to see being a naturally shy and distrusting species following decades of persecution from man. Our time will be spent stood quietly waiting & watching for this very elusive mammal mainly at dawn and dusk when they are at their most active and likely to reveal themselves. At this time of year new-born cubs are starting to leave the den and spend time playing withg their siblings under the watchful eye of their mother - an incredible experience.

The second half of the week we drive through to Somiedo, in the western Cantabrian Mountains- this incredibly scenic area is home to the rare and endangered Cantabrian Brown Bear. Sadly through hunting and habitat destruction they have been reduced the edge of extinction in Spain. However these rugged mountains are the last great stronghold for the species and we have a good chance of spotting one amongst the karst limestone rocks and lush vegetation. Southern Chamois can also be found roaming these mountains and can be found carefully picking their way along the steep ridges and scree slopes.

During the week we will also be spending time during the day looking for Wildcat, who hunting in the freshly cut grass fields looking for mice and voles. We will need lots of patience and some good fortune we should find one of these gorgeous predators.

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