Pétrola Lagoon and La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve

 

Petrola Lagoon Natural Reserve and the Wetlands belonging World Biosphere Reserve of La Mancha Húmeda, form one of the sets of most important wetlands in Spain for the conservation and observation of birds. Most of these spaces are also Special Bird Protection Areas (SPAs) and Wetlands of International Significance under the Ramsar Convention.

 

The set of wetlands, the most important in central Spain, includes several protected areas as Pétrola Lagoon Natural Reserve, Manjavacas Natural Reserve and las Tablas de Daimiel National Park

 

In the area can be observed the most wanted bird species of wetlands as the Greater Flamingo, White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Ferruginous Duck, Red Pochard, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt.

 

The surroundings of the wetlands are mainly rainfed crop areas with habitat for steppe land birds where can be observed Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Crested Lark, Eurasian Roller, Little Owl, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Lesser Kestrel.

 

This area belongs to Castilla-La Mancha Region and is close to the largest vinyard in the world. In our trips we can combine the observation of steppe land birds with visits to wineries, where our clients can try the excelent wine and cheese of our region, the region of Don Quixote de La Mancha!

 

Description:

 

One full day trip for the observation of the most wanted bird species of wetlands in one of the most  beautiful corners of Castilla-La Mancha region.

The service includes transportation in a five seat Mercedes Vito van and optics equipment.

The excursions will be guided by experienced AMBIENTEA guides with the advice and permits of Castilla-La Mancha Environment Department and rangers.

 

  1. Departure place: Albacete, San Clemente or Villarrobledo | Destination: Albacete, San Clemente or Villarrobledo

  2. Natural areas to visit: Wetlands of La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve

  3. Start date: from 01/04/2016 | Finish date: to 31/06/2016 (recommended season)

  4. Species to observe: Greater Flamingo, White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Ferruginous Duck, Red Pochard, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Crested Lark, Eurasian Roller, Little Owl, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Lesser Kestrel, Eagle Owl.

  5. Seats: 5

  6. PRICE: 45 € per person.

 

What is included in the price?:

  • One full observation day for one person

  • One expert local guide

  • Transport from Albacete in 5 seats Mercedes Vito van.

  • Optic equipment

  • Insurances and permits

 

What is not included in the price?

  • Transfers from or to airports. Will be billed appart

  • Any food or drinks.

  • Anything not included in "incuded in the price"

 

Meeting point: Albacetes Train Station. If you stay at a hotel in Albacete, Villarrobledo or San Clemente let us know and we pick you up.

 

 

Daily program:

 

08:00 We will pick up our clients at Albacete Train Station or at your hotel.

 

09:00 Arrival to the Wetlands of La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve

 

09:15 We will position ourselves at strategic points, moving around the wetlands, always drawing on our local knowledge and experience. Of course our aim is to view these sensitive animals from vantage points where they do not feel disturbed or threatened.

 

10:30 Lunch break on the field

 

11:30 We will visit some of the steppe land areas in the surroundings of the wetlands.

 

13:30-14:00 We will visit  one of the wineries of the area where clients can try and buy cheese and wine.  Later we will stop to have lunch in a local restaurant of the area where you will have the chance of try local food and wines.

 

15:30-16:00 After lunch we will visit other wetlands of the area.

 

17:00 We will start back to our starting point or your accommodation.

19:00 Arrival to Albacete, Villarrobledo or San Clemente.

 

 

 

Accommodation

Is not included in the price. Albacete, San Clemente and Villarrobledo have a wide range of accommodation at a good price. If by the other han you prefer stay at a quiet place close to the natural areas to visit we recommend you www.hotelrestaurantemilan.com

http://www.hotelrurallamoragona.com/

http://www.casadelosacacio.es/

 

 

Let us know where you stay and we will pick you up!

 

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