Feature article

Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris

Morocco was probably among the best countries to have been able to observe this species with the last acceptable records being submitted in February 1998. Unconfirmed reports, subsequent to 1998, refer to the area Merja Zerga and whilst probable, these records have not been officially accepted. During the later part of 2008 Birdlife International, and other notable organisations, launched an appeal for all birdwatchers to search for Slender-billed Curlews. It seems to us to be very appropriate that we lead our launch of Moroccan Birds with the main feature focusing on this incredibly rare bird.

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I have been to and written about Morocco so many times and yet it never fails to leave me with impressions of wonder, not least of vast empty tranquil spaces where it is possible to be completely immersed in nature.

Such a grand landscape is presented with perspectives beyond words, from the towering High Atlas Mountains to endless rolling dunes of the Sahara, from Palm lined valleys to multi-coloured striated flat topped mountains; it is a place of unimaginable beauty. The country also has an added attraction and great bonus for me acting as it does as a bridge between the more southerly regions of Africa and Europe for migratory birds. Little wonder I am constantly drawn by the calling of this exotic place and also its people.

Certainly I have been lucky, not to mention privileged, leading many tours of inquisitive nature lovers to the deserts, mountains and cultural centres of this western outpost in North Africa. It has been during the course of these visits that both Spanish Nature, a tour operator with a real difference, and I have become acquainted with various communities of native Berbers and country dwelling folk. The country has become popular with our many friends who accompanied me on Spanish Nature tours and it is not surprising many of these tours become over subscribed. I am bound for our safari into the Saharan region next March 2011 and if you want to savour this culturally and bird rich country why not join me and meet such rarities as Desert Sparrow, Fulvous Babbler and a host of other much sought after species?

Note: Peter Jones has now led 18 tours to this region and remains as enthusiastic as he had been on his 1st visit. A real veteran of this country, Peter will be able to offer you a holiday to remember. The Moroccan birding tour goes from Marrakech, over the Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate and moves on to visit the most southern part of the country before entering the Sahara. Birding in Morocco is special because of the many specialties, and seeing the daily life here will simply amaze you. For full tour details see Birding Safari Morocco 

Special Offer! For the above tour Spanish Nature has introduced a late availability discount, for further details see Late Availability
At this moment cheap flights to Marrakech from various European destinations make doing this tour even more accessible. Join us on our birding safari tour to this exotic destination.


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Why not give yourself a real treat and join us at Moroccan Birds for your next nature holiday?

A brief introduction

Moroccan Birds has been created by Spanish Nature. We have created this special web site for Moroccan Birds because this destination, for birding, is still not getting the attention it deserves. Spanish Nature are doing  birding tours in Morocco, both in spring and autumn, covering the desert and coastal areas.  Where possible we are employing local guides, but always under the supervision of one of our senior-guides, thus guaranteeing the high quality for which Spanish Nature is known throughout the birding world.

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Responsible Tourism




Working in various countries we pay particular attention to details such as using local companies, local guides and wherever possible local produce. In Morocco we are introducing an educational programme to local schools focusing on nature and we are also helping cooperatives whose aim is to improve the quality of life for marginalized women and children.

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