t2y_84ha.jpg-largeLocated in the coastal hills of Andalucía just outside the picturesque Spanish town of Tarifa, the Inglorious Bustards are based right at the epicentre of birding in The Straits of Gibraltar. And from a migrating raptor’s point of view, we must surely also be at the centre of the world!

Inglorious Bustards are birders, conservationists, travellers, and all-around Nature-lovers. We love to marvel at the hundreds of thousands of birds that pass overhead, and to follow them on their migratory journey, exploring the whole range of fascinating and varied terrains they traverse each year.

And we love to share our adventures with you!  As well as our home in southern Spain, we take pride in bringing you the best of birding in Andalucía and other migration spectacles along the East Atlantic Flyway journey, through Europe and North Africa, right down to the steamy wintering grounds of many of our nomads, south of the Sahara.

If like us,  you enjoy amazing wildlife spectacles where adventure meets relaxation, fun, sustainability and flyway conservation then you have found the right place!

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A message about the coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated 16 August 2020

You are no doubt aware of the consequences of the global coronavirus pandemic in which we find ourselves.

Here in Spain, we entered our “new normal” on 21 June 2020, after operating under a State of Alarm since 14 March 2020 and progressing through a phased lockdown de-escalation.  This allows freedom of movement throughout Spain and the re-commencement of most activities, in adherence with strict ongoing health precautions designed to prevent the emergence of a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

Although some cities and areas – particularly in north-east Spain – returned to localised lockdown procedures in mid-July, 43 of Spain’s 50 provinces remain completely open for safe travel – including our beloved Cádiz province in Andalucía.

We are happy to be able to host residents of Spain for birding day tours or short trips, while strictly following official rules and procedures on hygiene and social distancing.

Spain announced the opening of its borders to most European countries from 1 July, with no quarantine measures for arriving travellers.

With the announcement of Europe-wide “air bridges” on 4 July, international travel to Spain from many countries is now available with health precautions en route but no quarantine measures at either end of the trip, and we are now safely delivering scheduled trips for people from these countries.

We are keeping a close eye on international travel advice from the World Health Organisation, Spanish government and relevant Foreign Offices.  We do of course accept that things can change, so we are currently taking no-financial-obligation provisional bookings for future tours – just contact us to register your interest and talk further.

We can’t stress enough that the health and safety of our clients and avoiding the spread of this disease in wider society have been and always will be our top priorities.  You can book with confidence that we are fully compliant with the official guidance set out by the Spanish Ministry for Industry, Commerce & Tourism, and by the local Junta de Andalucía for both tourism and “active tourism” specifically.  Additionally we take advice from our independent risk prevention consultants, Quirón Prevención.

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Upon booking and arrival you will receive an up-to-date copy of our COVID-19 Safety Protocol, outlining the safety measures we are taking and your own responsibilities as a trip participant.

We hope that with everyone’s collaboration this situation will continue to improve and we will see you soon in The Straits and beyond to enjoy the best of #FlywayBirding. Don’t hesitate to contact us – email us at info@ingloriousbustards.com or call +34 665 94 59 92 or +34 722 25 43 57.

Simon, Niki and the team.

Day tours in the epicentre of bird migration! Experience the best in #FlywayBirding

Full day €60

Half day options (starting at €40) and group discounts also available

We spend our lives exploring the area, so why not let us show you our wondrous home, over one or more guided days?

If you’re an absolute beginner, an expert, or anywhere in between, our day tours are perfect for anyone who wants to experience and share the wonders of bird migration here in The Straits of Gibraltar.

A day tour around The Straits area costs just €60 per person, which includes not only transport in our comfortable modern 9-seater minibus but also one of our legendary picnics, featuring sustainably-produced local food! Group reductions are also available contact us directly for details, availability or for something more bespoke!

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Loan binoculars are available upon request for tours and day tours thanks to our partners at Viking Optical.

Purveyors of top quality entry level optics and the equipment supporters of The Inglorious Bustards!


The Straits of Gibraltar – Bird Migration & Cetaceans

7 days – 4th March – 10th March 2021

7 days –2nd September – 8th September 2021

7 days – 24th March – 30th March 2022

7 days – 1st September – 7th September 2022

Birding Two Continents

8 days – 9th October – 16th October 2021

8 days – 14th October – 21st October 2022

Swift Weekender

4 days – 16th July – 19th July 2021

4 days 22nd July – 25th July 2022

Ronda and The Straits – the Unknown Vulture Spectacle! 

7 days – 16th October – 22nd October 2020

7 days – 21st October – 27th October 2021

7 days – 27th October – 2nd November 2022

Serranía de Ronda & Grazalema – Bustards, Eagles & Flamingoes

7 days – 29th January – 4th February 2021

Doñana Delights

5 days – 10th January – 14th January 2021

5 days – 23rd January – 27th January 2022

Bird Party in The Gambia

11 days – 24th November – 4th December 2020

11 days – 30th November – 10th December 2021

Bespoke Adventures and Day Tours

Availability on request, all options available for groups or individuals.

Mothing The Straits

6 days – 2nd – 7th May 2021

The only sustainable and ethical award winning nature tourism company in The Straits of Gibraltar!


We’re more than just a birding tour company. We care about the wildlife we showcase, the local communities we visit and the opportunities for education through exploration. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re a Top Ethical Birding Ecotour 2020!

We have turned traditional so-called “eco-tourism” on its head, putting conservation action and education at the very heart of what we do, not just as a guilt-assuaging afterthought to our trips. #FlywayPromise


Inglorious Bustards are a fully registered and insured tour operator, in The Straits of Gibraltar, if you require information about our insurance details see here or contact us

Inglorious Bustards is included in the Tourism Registry of the Andalucían Government as an Active Tourism company AT/CA/00416. 

Inglorious Bustards, Calle Guzman el Bueno, 1. Facinas, Cádiz. 11391. España.