Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve

the wading tour of the Odiel Marshes

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Osprey
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Marshes
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4 hours
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Spain
Andalucía

Huelva

Birding trip through one of the most important saltmarshes in Iberia located between Huelva City and Punta Umbria near Doñana National Park.

Salt of birdlife

Exclusive private tour into the kingdom of the tide

The Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve is the second largest wetland in Huelva province after Doñana and one of the most important saltmarshes in Western Europe. The silt of the rivers Odiel and Tinto created this estuary in which we can find a paradise for the birdlife. This is a half day out to the “Kingdom of the Tide” to look for waders, seabirds and other aquatic birds. By the road that connects some of the islands on the Odiel Marshes we can get to Anastasio Senra’s Visitor Centre and continue to have interesting sightings on the mudflats going south. If time permitting, we go to El Portil to enjoy observing the scenery and birds from a platform offering panoramic views.

Possible birds for the checklist:

Residents: Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Great & Little Egrets, Flamingo, Slender-billed & Yellow-legged Gulls, Hoopoe, Spanish Sparrow, Kentish Plover, Black-winged Stilt.

Winter Birds: Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Gannet, Scoter, Great Cormorant, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Audouin’s Gull, Sandwich Tern, Caspian Tern, Bluethroat.

Summer Birds: Montagu´s Harrier, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Bee-eater, Little Bittern, Little Tern, Collared Pratincole, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed Warbler.

Migrants: Knot, Spotted Redshank, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Black Tern.

Route locations

The Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve is located in Southwestern Spain by the doorstep of Huelva City, 45 minutes from Portugal and 1 hour to the west of Seville City. We go through the marshland in the estuaries of the river Odiel and Tinto.

Duration time

The duration of the trip depends on the meeting point, the numbers of birds that come across and the interest in the special species. Normally we will meet at the car park of the Visitor’s Centre and will spend between 3h30 and 4 hours.

Price

30 Euro per person.

35 Euro per person with hotel pickup.

Minimum 3 people to go or 90 Euro (105 with hotel pickup).

Availability

All year round although we recommend to do the trip in the morning in the winter and the evening in the summer.

Multilingual

All our guides speak fluent English and the tour can be done in French, Portuguese or Catalan on demand.

Checklist available in different languages.

Logistics

Pickup can be arranged from any accommodation or any meeting point within the province of Huelva. For long distances, a fuel fee might be charged.

We use vehicles according to the group size. Usually a 9-seater minibus for up to 8 customers although larger groups can be taken in small coaches and buses.

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