The Ebro Delta, Lerida and the Pyrenees

The Ebro Delta, Lerida and the Pyrenees

The Ebro Delta National Park is one of the most important wetlands in Spain and western Europe. Some of the most important populations of Mediterranean breeding species like Audoiun’s Gull or Slander-billed Gull can be found here. Large heronries and colonies of ibises and flamingoes are the major attractions in a natural space that also plays host to thousands of migrating birds.

The Puertos de Beceite provide a natural balcony giving impressive views over the Ebro Delta National Park. They hold an important population of Iberian Ibex, which are esy to see along the numerous grags and gullies which are also home to a varied rock-loving and Mediterranean woodland bird community.

The Lerida plain in the Catalonian part of the Ebro depression, is one of the last remaining refuges for steppe birds in the region, including Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, European Roller and Montagu’s Harrier. From May to August the last few Spanish pairs of Lesser Grey Shrike breed.

Utxesa is a dammed section of canal with abundant waterside vegetation, which is home to passerines like Bearded Reedling, Moustached Warbler or the witherby subspecies of Reed Bunting, endemic to the Iberian peninsula. There are also several heronries.

Sierra de Gaura and Canyons National Park is one of the best sierras in the Pyrenean foothills to see Mediterranean scrub and woodland species, alongside the large cliff-nesting raptors in the deep limestone canyons of the park.

The Hecho Valley is in the Aragon Pyrenees and one of the best mounatin areas with an Atlantic influence. Here you can observe the jewels of this cordillera, the amazing Wallcreeper and Lammergeier.

The Llobregat Delta is one of the three most important Catalonian wetlands. During migration periods the sheer numbers of seabirds and waterbirds congregating there make it more than a worthwhile stop on the way to the airport.

Audouin’s Gull

Griffon Vulture

Iberian ibex