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Welcome

A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and FREE forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database & conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society.
The main site and the forum also have areas restricted to members of the society. To get even more benefits from our web activities and also be entitled to receive newsletters and attend field trips why not JOIN US?

News

Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link
We are not just about birds! Why not add your observations to the Other Wildlife Board on our forum follow this link
We have now published the March 2014 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list follow this link

Announcements

Andalucia Bird Society in the News. 
The Andalucia Bird Society now has a regular article in the free newspaper The News.  Each article is about a different bird species that you will find in Andalucia. 

 

 Do you know of any county or national bird clubs, societies, organisations that might want to exchange links with us? We think we can offer their members a great resource through mutual links and able to give their members a point of contact and reference if they intend visiting Spain.
Thanks, The ABS team.

Members Info

As many will already know we were having problems with accepting payment for memberships using PayPal. The problems are now resolved and you can now follow the registration process and use PayPal to pay for membership. If you prefer there are alternative means by which to pay, for instance we are able to accept bank transfers, so if this is a suitable alternative for you, please contact us for further details. For clear instructions using PayPal please see ABS Forum.

Do any members have either articles they want published here on the main site and or photographs we can use in our gallery? If you can contribute please use the 'contact us' form. See main menu bar above.
Note: Members can now access their own area on the main site. See main menu bar above.

Publicity

Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation if you become an affiliated member of the society. If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.
Do you provide a service in Andalucia? Banner adverts appearing at the top of all pages available for a donation to the society.
Do you offer guiding services in Andalucia for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists and or general nature tours? We can offer links on our web site for return links and a single free membership day tour guided by you each year. If you have an interest in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.

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Interested in one or more days birding in Spain, see the list of guides approved by the Andalucía Bird Society
All guides listed have fulfilled the criteria for and qualified to participate in The Professional Bird / Wildlife Guides Certificate.

ABS Article Library

To find articles by subject visit our Article library or click on one of the links below

Lastest photos from ABS members PDF Print E-mail
We are very fortunate to have in our midst a number of members who are excellent photographers. If you, like them, would care to donate any photographs for inclusion in this gallery or in our Magazine "Birds of Andalucia", please send your copies by email attachment to the society and specify where and when the bird was photographed.
Latest donation by Alan Reay
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March 2013 - Gabo de Gata and something different PDF Print E-mail

March2014-AuthorFor the March field meeting the Society travelled to its furthermost site to the east, visiting the beautiful area of Cabo de Gata in Almeria province.  Even the weather was perfect for the week-end with early morning mist giving way to clear blue skies and, for many, definitely a case of shirt sleeves.  Considering how many members live well to the west of Malaga, this was a very well- attended meeting with a final count of thirty members.  Indeed, all but one stayed overnight on the Friday with twenty-three residing in the local Hotel Brisablanca not two hundred metres from the visit’s meeting point.  

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January 2014 -Laguna Fuente de Piedra PDF Print E-mail
Jan-2014---Fuente-de-Piedra-PW3Flamingos by the thousand
Although the weather forecast was not very impressive, the actual weather for our annual January Field Meeting at Laguna Fuente de Piedra was not too bad.  Unfortunately, the forecast and bad weather the previous evening on the coast deterred a number of members from joining us on the day.  There were no startling species to be seen, but we were impressed with the number of Greater Flamingos on the main laguna.  In the afternoon we travelled to Laguna Dulce and again we were faced with a huge number of a particular species – but which species was it.  
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November 2013 - Ventas de Zafarraya and its hinterland PDF Print E-mail
november2013-Alpine-accentorUnexpectedly freezing!!
Our November Field Meeting had four stages to it.  The first was a walk along the old railway track above Ventas de Zafarraya, the second was viewing the arable land that surrounds Ventas de Zaffarraya, the third was visiting the small alguna on the edge of Alhama de Granada and the final stage a walk through the woods of El Robledal.  A wide range of habitats that it was hoped would deliver a host of birds.
This year October and the early part of November have produced some wonderful, calm and warm weather.  So everyone was looking forward to a warm Field Meeting in the mountains.  It did not turn out quite like this.  We had chosen the morning of the coldest night of the year for our Field Meeting - it was freezing.  Some were well prepared and others weren't.  Did it effect our birding read on and you will find out.
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2014 Meetings

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January 18th.
Malaga Province.
See Here for details.
February 23rd.
Cadiz Province.
See Here for details.
March 14 to 17th.
Morocco Tour.
See Here for details.
March 22nd.
Almeria Province.
See Here for details.
April 12th
Sevilla Province.
See Here for details.
May 18th.
Cordoba Province
See Here for details.
June 21st.
Huelva Province
See Here for details.
July 12th.
Malaga Province
AGM details to be announced.
August 23rd.
Malaga Province
See Here for details.

September to December dates to follow.

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