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Bird Watching

More than half of the birds recorded in Spain fly across our skies at some time of the year and turn the mountains and valleys of Álava into prime vantage points for birdwatching. Species such as the griffon vulture or the Egyptian vulture also represent one of the best populations in the whole continent of Europe.

Álava has six observation areas with first-rate tourist services such as interpretation centres, signposted routes and personalized attention for avid birdwatchers: Valderejo, Salburua, Ullibarri-Gamboa Reservoir, Izki, Sierras Meridionales mountain range and the Laguardia Marshes (Lagunas). Each of these areas has its own characteristics and features.

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The Izki Natural Park  hides extensive woods, mountains, ravines and discreet wet areas where it is possible to see the griffon vulture or the golden eagle, however, the star of the place is the middle spotted woodpecker, a challenge for both those who enjoy birdwatching and those in charge of protecting it and ensuring the tranquillity of its breeding areas.

Those interested in discovering the middle spotted woodpecker can obtain information about the various ornithological routes in the Izki Park House, in Korres.

The Ullibarri-Gamboa reservoir, very near Vitoria-Gasteiz, is another area of great interest where it is possible to observe the life of species such as the coot, loon, grebe, or the purple heron. The main birdwatching area is the  PMendixur Ornithology Park, with two paths that lead to many other equipped observatories.

 

Further Information

 

All information on birdwatching, signposted routes, information centres and times of services can be found at  www.birdingeuskadi.net

 

Location

 

The six birdwatching areas (Valderejo, Salburua, Ullibarri-Gamboa Reservoir, Izki, Sierras Meridionales and Lagunas de Laguardia) are located in different regions of Álava and are easily accessible via the local road network. Please refer to the following map for the location of these areas

 

Links

 

Birdwatching in Euskadi

 

 

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Further Information

ATARIA, SALBURUA WETLANDS INTERPRETATION CENTRE

Paseo de la Biosfera 4, Vitoria-Gasteiz

CONTACT TELEPHONE

034945 254 759

LAGUARDIA TOURIST OFFICE

Calle Mayor 52 (Casa Garcetas), Laguardia

CONTACT TELEPHONE

034945 600 845

IZKI PARK HOUSE

Korres

CONTACT TELEPHONE

034945 410 502

 

VALDEREJO PARK HOUSE

Lalastra

CONTACT TELEPHONE

034945 353 146

ULLIBARRI-GAMBOA INFORMATION CENTRE

Parque Provincial de Garaio

CONTACT TELEPHONE

034695 782 498

 

MENDIXUR ORNITHOLOGY PARK

Mendixur-Garaio

CONTACT TELEPHONE

034695 782 498

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