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BIOLOGICAL RESERVE OF CAMPANARIOS DE AZABA, SALAMANCA, SPAIN

Reserva Biológica Campanarios de Azaba

 

One hour away from Salamanca, the Biological Reserve of Campanarios de Azaba is an estate settled in a wonderful area of mediterranean woodland. Thanks to the efforts of Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre this area has been the target of a massive renaturalization project that permitted the restoration of 600 ha of Dehesa, the typical ecosystem of this part of Spain: the Oeste Iberico.

A biological station and two wonderful lodges are settled in the heart of this area offering to our guest a unique eco-touristical experience. Several observatories settled in the estate offer the opportunity to observe, and/or photograph, some of the most emblematic species of this area like BlackVulture, GriffonVulture, Genet, Beech Marten, Fox and several species of passerine birds like Hawfinch, Greenfinch, Cirl Bounting...and many others. Furthermore Campanarios is an enthomological reserve, so those passionate of microfauna will have many opportunities too! Accompanied by our guides it is possible to explore the Dehesa and take part in several of our workshops that will permit you to discover the secrets of the Dehesa.

 

WHERE IS THE RESERVE?

 

Campanarios can be reached from the town of Almedilla or Espeja. A dirt road from both towns connects to our estate

The easiest way to arrive to Espeja is by the Autovia de Castilla (A-62).

La Alamedilla is connected to the SA-220 to Ciudad Rodrigo.

 

GPS coordinates of our estate:

- 40°29’59.4” N

-  6°46’46.5”W

 

 

 

HOW TO CONTACT AND MAKE A RESERVATION?

 

If you are interested in taking part in one of our workshops, propose an alternative and interesting activity, or get more

information, contact us by mobile phone +34 606 206 151 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

PRICES AND RESERVATIONS

 

Individual price: accommodation full board in a double bed room and three hide sessions per day. Price: 300€ per day and per person.

Price for two people: accommodation full board in a double bed bedroom and three hide sessions per day. Price: 250€ per day and per person.

Price for groups of 4 people: accommodation full board in a double bed bedroom and three sessions per day. Price: 200€ per day and per person.

Price for groups of 12 people: accommodation full board in a double bed room and three hide sessions per day. Price 150€ per day and per person.

 

The prices are for the accommodation inside of the FNYH.

 

 

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This is a very cheap, reachable experience at there serve with more that 10 hides for different species of mammals and birds, including golden eagles, mouflons, griffon vultures, genets...

A paradise for the nature photographer.

Accommodation can be provided close to the reserve. Cheap and quality villas, rooms or lodges.

Pick up from Alicante airport can be arranged, no need to hire a car even.

Ideally 3-4 days for hides allow to have a full experience, dozens of species.

The reserve has all the necessary permissions from the administration.

 

WHERE IS THE RESERVE?

 

It is a forestry land called Buixcarró, 658 Hectars in a Natural park. The ecosystem is pine and oak trees forest, bushes and rocky mountain areas. From 2012 the activities are about conservancy of the habitats, the species and the tradicional uses.

It is located at Bocairent municipality, in the road between Alcoy and Banyeres de Mariola. Usually we met Vicent (Biologist and coordinator at the reserve) at the village of Onil, which is close to the reserve, about 15 min drive.

 

HOW TO GET THERE?

 

You shall fly to Alicante airport, hire a car there or arrange previously to be picked. It is a huge airport with so many flights from all Europe. Then you enter A-7 free high way straight to Oni lvillage, a short 30 min drive to 50 km distance. In Onil you will meet Vicent, the biologist and guide.

 

 

 

HOW TO CONTACT AND MAKE A RESERVATION?  

 

The easiest way is to write an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vicent will inform you about all the accommodation facilities close to the reserve, other cultural and photographic possibilities in the sorroundings...

He will inform you and answer any query. English spoken also.

 

HIDES AND FEES

SPECIES IN EACH HIDE

 

  • HIDE LOXIA.- Hide for birds perching over watering and feeding place. Wooden hide with spy glass. Usually can be seen: crossbill (Loxia curvirrostra), great tit (Parus major), crested tit (Parus cristatus), coal tit (Parus ater), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), song thrush (Turdus philomelos), rock bunting (Emberizacia), goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), robin (Erithacus rubecula), jay (Garrulus glandarius), serin (Serinus serinus), mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus),  rock sparrow (Petronia petronia), red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)...
  • HIDE AEGITHALOS.- Hide with a large surface of water for birds and reflections. Textile hide with spy glass. Usually can be seen: crossbill (Loxia curvirrostra), great tit (Parus major), crested tit (Parus cristatus), coal tit (Parus ater), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), green finch (Carduelis chloris), song thrush (Turdus philomelos), robin (Erithacus rubecula), long tailed tit (Aegythalos caudatus), jay (Garrulus glandarius), serin (Serinus serinus), mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus), sparrow hawk (Accipiter gentilis), red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)...
  • HIDE BANCAL ROIG.-  Large hide for watching wildlife and also photographing mouflons in different distances. Wooden hide with spy glass. Possibility of ground level textile hide. Although several species can be seen it is specially designed to photograph mouflons with nice reddish backgrounds from clay field. Mouflons (Ovis musimon). Males fighting and displaying in autumn.
  • HIDE OVIS.- Hide up in the mountain for green backgrounds. Textile hide with spy glass. There are also bird feeders in the sorroundings but it is specially designed to photograph mouflons with nice green backgrounds. Mouflons (Ovis musimon). Males fighting and displaying in autumn. Sometimes wild boars (Sus scropha) can be seen in winter.
  • HIDE EAGLE.- Small wooden hide with spy glass in front of the rocks where golden eagles use to perch. The hide is specially designed to photograph golden eagles in different perches, rocks and branches and also in flight. Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Sometimes also griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) and magpies (Pica pica). Also once was photographed here the snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus).
  • HIDE MULADAR.-  Textile hide with spy glass. Vultures in flight, perching, fighting... Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) and magpies (Pica pica). Very usually the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) visits the hide before the vultures.
  • FOTOTRAP SCENERY 1 -  A couple of genets (Genetta genetta) visits almost every night the scenery and is easy to install a fototrap barrieran flashes. They are used to this equipment and come strictly by night.
  • FOTOTRAP SCENERY 2.- There is a second place to photograph birds in flight with fototrap as the great tit (Parus major), crested tit (Parus cristatus), coal tit (Parus ater), robin (Erithacus rubecula) and usually some finches also.

 

More common species possible to photograph: Silvia warblers, shrikes, wheatear, booted eagle, linnet, stonechat, redstarts...

 

MORE ACTIVITIES AT THE RESERVE

 

Invertebrates and plants are specially diverse at the reserve, macro and landscape photographers are also welcome and the huge land prevents the disturbance to the hides areas, it is fully compatible. Several times a year workshops about wildlife photography are organized, you can make your own workshop here. In the reserve there are bee-hiving activities, environmental teaching activities, botanical meetings, nocturnal walks, amphibians listenings...All activities about nature study and disclosure are welcome.

 

WHERE WILL MY FEE GO TO?

 

Any income is totally reinvested in the land conservation and activities. There are biodiversity plantations campaigns, nest boxes, bats boxes and other kind of activities in the reserve management plans.

 

GROUPS ARE VERY WELCOME

 

Up to 12 photographers can be enjoying the hides at the same time and there are some other possibilities as high speed settings in bird feeders, nocturnal phototrapping and the possibilities that offer the ancient sorroundings (castles, churches, villages...)