Our Pego Marshes Birding tour is design to watch a wide range of species. During the morning, we will visit the Pego Marshes which are a significant wetland site located between Alicante and Valencia provinces. It has an area of 1290 hectares and it was declared Natural Park and Wetland of International Importance in 1994.
Its geological origin dates back to thousands of years ago when the shoreline was separated from the Mediterranean Sea through the sedimentation brought down by the rivers. These coastal wetlands are important breeding areas for Purple, Night and Squacco Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Little Bittern, Collared Pratincole, Red-necked Nightjar, Whiskered tern, Moustached warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Hoopoe, Little Ringed Plover and Great Reed warbler. In addition, Marsh Harriers and Ospreys can be watched all year round.
The Pego Marshes also hold one of the best aquatic plant communities within all Spain. In addition, it is possible to see an endemic prawn (Dugastella valentina) and a fish known as ‘samaruc’ (Valencia hispanica), which is in danger of extinction.
In winter large flocks of wildfowl visit the area as it is completely flooded. Furthermore, during that time of the year, Bluethroats, Penduline Tits, Chiffchaffs, Booted Eagles and Ospreys are frequently seen.
During the afternoon we will head for the beautiful Alicante mountains to visit a Griffon Vulture colony which was reintroduced in 2001. There, we will look for Blue Rock Thrush and other interesting species. On the way and if the season is right, we will stop to see some interesting orchids: Orchis olbiensis, Orchis dianica, Orchis fusca and Anacamphys piramidalis. Besides, beautiful butteflies can be found: Spanish Festoon, Provençal Fritillary, etc. Furthermore, during winter, a small number of Alpine Accentors can be also found.
This is a one day tour and involves a short walk.
Price of the Pego Marshes Birding tour:
140-150 €/ 1 people, depending on the meeting point. Extra person 20 €
What is included:
– Travel from a meeting point in Costa Blanca (hotel, rural house, etc.) in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicle
– Tour guided in English / Spanish by a professional bird guide
– Basic travel insurance
What is not included:
– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Valencia from several European airports)
– Drinks, food and other items of a personal nature
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