From the protected reserve situated at the confluence of two valleys in Lombardy, Italy to the captivating lake steppe scenery in Austria, a Spanish bird sanctuary, to impressive France views and many other locations that need to be explored, Europe is the best place to discover birdlife.
Birdwatching at Pian di Spagna, Italy
Pian di Spagn is ideal for birdwatching because it is seasonal home to many migratory species. Situated at the confluence of Valtellina and Valchiavenna, this protected reserve includes Lago di Mezzola and the wetland area that separates Lake Como from the small lake.
The species of birds you can come across while visiting Pian di Spagn are ducks, swans, grebes, coots, buzzards, hawks, cormorants and gulls, but you can also come across reptiles, small mammals and amphibians so if you want to explore more than the birdlife, this destination will surely fit your needs.
Lake Neusiedl, Austria
The fascinating Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park attracts many visitors who can expect to discover more than 300 species of birds and can also get close to other wild animals. Birdwatching in Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park is not only for enthusiasts, the tour providers make sure everyone falls in love with this activity. From eagles to the tiny chiffchaff, you can see many species that breed and nest in Austria, while enjoying an amazing countryside.
Monfragüe National Park, Spain
Monfragüe National Park is a national park located in western Spain that was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2003. Villareal de San Carlos, a town located in the park, host the annual FIO – Extremadura International Ornithology Tourism Fair so it is basically a heave for birdwatching enthusiasts from all over the world. You can watch hundreds of birds first hand and enjoy breathtaking routes through the park. Salto del Gitano, a 300 meter cliff, offers spectacular views of the Tangus river.
In case you wondered what bird species you will see in Monfragüe National Park, black storks, vultures, imperial eagles are just a few of the species you will be able to admire in the trees and cliffs from the park. Other vertebrates can also be admired at Monfragü. The natural sanctuary is also home to deer, lynx, wild cats, otters and some reptile species.
Parc naturel régional de la Brenne, France
France is always a good idea and it does not disappoint when it comes to birdwatching either! Founded in 1982, this natural park is located in the Indre department of France and it is a natural paradise for flora and fauna. Over 2000 lakes and ponds make this location a dream destination for ornithology and botany fans and a great place to reproduce for migratory birds. The landscape and scenery are impressive and, during hot days, tones of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies can be spotted flying around.
The park is also a great place for hiking and camping so you can spend a lot of time admiring the views and birding. The species you’ll be able to admire include: great egrets, little egrets, purple heron, black storks, white storks, black kite, honey buzzard, golden oriole, short-toed eagles and Serin to name just a few!