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A genuine experience of Sápmi, the land of the indigenous people of Fennoscandia. The free roaming reindeer of the vast area in the Swedish part of Sápmi are herded by Semi-nomadic Sámi. In the past reindeer were used as means of transportation for people and goods, nowadays the knowledge of taming and training reindeer to pull a sled belongs to natural and cultural Sámi heritage that only a very few know and still can apply. The Rewilding Europe Travel Club trip is organised by a renowned Sámi ecotourism provider, lately recognised as a finalist at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2013 in the category responsible wildlife experiences. The trip includes a three night stay at a cosy cabin at Reindeer Lodge, a small eco camp secluded in the woods outside Jukkasjärvi village at the shores of the river Torneälv. One should know that the traditional and best way to see Sápmi is simply behind a reindeer! That is why driving one’s own draft reindeer - in Norther Sámi language Vuoján - with a sled through the snow-laden landcape and across frozen ways with a lunch in a lávvu-tent is part of the adventure. Reindeer Lodge provides cabin accommodation in Sámi design cabins under the northern lights. After the intake of a delicious local dinner served by our hospitable staff, the wood-burning sauna will be the next highlight. Hoofs crossed and the reindeer will be your nearest neighbours and personal travel companion! This is a 4 days/3 nights trip. See here the full offer specially made for the December draw of the Travel Club
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This is the very first Travel Club trip to Western Iberia, which has been offered by two NGOs – Fundación Naturaleza Y Hombre (FNYH) in Spain and Associaçâo Transumância e Natureza (ATN) in Portugal – who have decided to join forces across the borders to become part of Rewilding Europe – Trying to make Western Iberian a wilder place. During the 5 days you will have the possibility to discover both the Spanish and Portuguese part of the area. The trip starts in Portugal, where you will spend 2 days discovering the Faia Brava reserve (the first Private Protected Area in the country). Listening to the galloping Garrano horse herd and visiting the typical stone houses and ancient trails that tells the story of the land. You will also have the possibility to join a special 6 hours bird watching trip in the Côa Valley. During the second part of the trip you will be discovering the Spanish part of Western Iberia, which will include: a trip to Riscos of Águeda (Natura 2000 site); Natural Park Batuecas – the territory of the Spanish Ibex; the village of La Alberca – the first rural village in Spain to be given National Historic Heritage status; and of course the Biological Reserve Campanarios de Azaba. In Campanarios you will visit a birdwatching inside feeding place to observe vultures (Black Vulture – Aegypius monachus; Griffon Vulture – Gyps fulvus; Egyptian vulture – Neophron percnopterus) and Red Kites (Milvus milvus). On the second day in Spain you can learn more about the area thanks to an Expedition through Campanarios of Azaba’s wild side, where FNYH guide will show habitats and species that make this Reserve, inside the reserve managed and owned by FNYH coexist herds of wild horses and cows (Retuerta´s horses, Sayaguesa´s cows). On offer is a 5 days/4 nights tour. See here the full programme.
Experience the wildlife in Danube Delta and Dobrogea, Romania – for one person
Ibis Tours, Romania
The Danube Delta – one of the Rewilding Europe sites - comprises a vast complex of reed beds, willow forests and wetland, crossed by an intricate network of channels. According possibilities, you will explore a wide variety of these habitats, both on foot and using a combination of the pontoon boat and a small motorboat. The Delta is incredibly rich in breeding birds, and the outline given below is merely a sampler; no doubt you will encounter additional surprises. The Sulina channel or branch that runs past Tulcea is wide and straight to facilitate shipping down the Danube and through to the Black Sea, so you will aim to get access to the smaller, less disturbed channels where bird life is more abundant. Typical sights include feeding Glossy Ibis, Egrets, Herons, and Cormorants, which can gather an impressive number, where the water levels are low. Large flocks of White Pelicans glide serenely overhead whilst in the shallower channels Kingfishers are ubiquitous and Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpipers and Greenshanks feed along the banks. The reeds fringing the waterways contain families of Penduline Tits and other reed bed species (including Little Bittern), although the smaller birds can be very hard to be seen in June when this trip is planned. Raptors will include frequent sightings of Marsh Harriers whilst the Red-footed Falcons will be seen in small groups hunting insects. The White-tailed Eagles are very quiet in the summer, but there is always a chance of locating one of the ten breeding pairs. Lake Furtuna, which is one of the largest lakes, lies just to the north of Maliuc, in the heart of the Delta. You will visit this site as, at this time of the year, it can hold an impressive selection of birds. One of eight days is focused on woodlands and the forests Babadag, also Celic and Parches will be visited. One of the highlights of the tour is the visit to Macin Mountains National Park where you can see some interesting species like Saker Falcon, Long-legged Buzzard, Stone Curlew, Pied Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear, Rock Thrush, Ortolan Bunting, Corn Bunting, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Hoopoe, Roller, etc. Also the scenery here is wonderful, the mountains being the oldest in Europe. On offer is 8 days/7 nights tour. Read here about the full trip.
The Sierra de la Culebra hosts the largest density of wolves in Spain and this Wolf tour is focused on the famous Iberian Grey Wolf. You will be actively looking also for red deer, roe deer, red fox, wild boar, otter, possibly wildcat, Iberian hare, and pine marten Depending on the weather you can see a variety of reptiles and Schreiber’s green lizard, oscillated lizard, fire salamander, tree frog. There is a wealth of birdlife in the area with up to 14 species of raptors! The tour also includes a visit to Lagunas de Villafafila, a vast area famed for holding the largest population of Great Bustards outside Russia. Other specialities of the reserve are black-bellied sandgrouse and large numbers of raptors. The surrounding hills and forests of our village base hold interesting species such as crested tit, firecrest, black redstart, short-toed treecreeper, rock bunting, cirl bunting, serin, crossbill, Dartford warbler, Iberian grey shrike, griffon and black vulture, golden eagle... The hotel where you will stay is set in a small village in the heart of the forest from where you can walk straight out along numerous trails and tracks. You will see local traditional villages and sample the culture of this unique backwater of rural Spain. Your hosts, Margaret and John, work around your preferred times, the tour is arranged to best fit your personal arrangements. On offer is a 6 days/5 nights trip. More details here.
A 5-day fully-inclusive holiday in focusing on Brown Bear tracking and watching and wild flowers (especially orchids – 36 species of Orchids have been found in Estonia!). Estonia is a small country with wonderful wildlife and a huge species list. Forests cover about 50% of the country and wetland habitats are well represented by over 1,400 lakes, numerous bogs and many rivers, which together comprise a wonderful mosaic of aquatic environments for a great diversity of wildlife. Many of the coastal areas were closed to the public during the Soviet occupation and remained untouched today. The 3,794 km of coastline is studded with over 1,500 islands and islets of varying sizes whilst the mainland is indented by numerous bays, straits, and inlets. This rich variety has drawn plants and animal species from both Siberia and also the warmer regions of southern Europe, with many species reaching their respective western or northern extremities of range within Estonia. Estonian forests are renowned in Europe for their healthy populations of mammals with around 700-800 lynx, over 150 wolves, 500-600 brown bears and almost 20,000 beavers – tremendous numbers for such a small country. In all, sixty-four species of mammals have been recorded in Estonia including several European rarities, the most endangered examples being the European Mink, several species of dormouse and the Flying Squirrel. Estonia’s flora is comprised of about 1440 species of vascular plants, 550 species of mosses, 800 species of lichens and 3000 species of algae. 36 species of Orchids have been found in Estonia. On offer is 5 days/ 4 nights tour.
May and June are fantastic for birdwatching and wildlife photography short tours in North East Bulgaria’s Suha Reka area. The name of the area means ‘Dry river’ and it is dominated by an old and dried river bed, which has cut through the landscape to form a picturesque canyon, once inhabited by monks, dwelling in the numerous remains of cliff monasteries in the canyon walls. Nearly 200 bird species are registered in this area. Amongst the highlights are European Roller, European Bee-eater, Middle-spotted Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Sombre Tit, Black-headed bunting, many raptors, Eagle Owl, etc. It falls within one of the major routes for migratory soaring birds with over 5000 birds of prey and over 37 000 White Storks per season. The area also presents infinite opportunities for observing cavity nesting birds like the Hoopoe and Grey-headed Woodpecker. Every village in the area has several pairs of nesting Syrian Woodpeckers. Small ponds amidst the cliffs are often visited by Black Stork for foraging. The remoteness of the area of our cottage is a precondition for a great variety of birds that are uncommon elsewhere. You can also photograph Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Crested Lark, Calandra Lark - just a few to name. During your stay you will be based in a cottage, which offers fantastic opportunities to photograph over 20 top target bird species, and you will use four specifically devised hides for this purpose: drinking stations, a tower hide, a european roller and bee-eater hide and mobile hides. Each is suitable for two people. Spring is the best time for meadow flowers and butterflies which are of great abundance and present fantastic opportunity at afternoon light. The warm light of the setting sun gives a soft vision of the picturesque cliffs of the dried river bed canyon. On offer for Rewilding Europe Travel Club is a 4 days/3 nights trip.
Included in all trips is the local arrangement on location, as it is described on the links, but NOT the travel to get there and back.