We have conservation in our hearts, we care about the things that you care about too! That is why we try to link our eco-tourism to conservation and wider sustainable societal gains wherever possible.
We will be continually adding new connections, networks and partners to this page as we find new and exciting ways of ensuring conservation remains at the very heart of everything we do. We will continually share our expertise with other individuals and organisations to achieve real measurable benefits for nature.
Want to see what we mean?! We were proud and delighted to provide logistical support for the production of this uplifting short film, showing how SEO and GREPOM – Birdlife International‘s Spanish and Moroccan partners – are working in Morocco to pull the Northern Bald Ibis back from the brink of extinction…
Our Conservation partners
The Migres Foundation are a private non-profit, scientific and cultural foundation, oriented to the preservation and enhancement of natural heritage in the Straits of Gibraltar.
They perform research and awareness programs, develop advanced training activities and environmental education, organize conferences and all kinds of national and international meetings, and encourage activities promoting sustainable local development and nature tourism in general.
Migres is a long-term monitoring program of bird migration through the Strait of Gibraltar based on standardized constant effort protocols. Every year they run daily counts of migration always using the same observatories and schedule.
Based on this information they are able to calculate abundance indices that reflect the actual number of birds on migration, allowing them to monitor changes in their populations and migratory patterns. The origin of the program dates back to 1997 (soaring birds) and 2001 (seabirds) currently being one of the greatest sustained efforts for monitoring migratory birds in Europe.
“The fork is the most powerful tool to change the planet.”
Our work over decades for the RSPB attempting to reverse the fortunes of both UK and European farmland wildlife has made us recognise the power of food choice and how it can affect the plight of declining species. This is why we teamed up with the Tarifa Ecocenter.
The Ecocenter is a local hub in Tarifa for eco-consciousness. We think global, we act local. Their organic vegetarian restaurant and pizzeria are a great social meeting place where you get to share meals with us whilst delighting in sustainably sourced produce from their nearby organic wildlife friendly farm here in the Straits. We work in partnership to offer visitors an experience around food choice and how positive change can help our wildlife and the wider environment.
Our picnic fruit and vegetables are now sourced from the Eco-centre being grown locally on their farm.
Marisma 21 is an organisation devoted to the restoration of the salt marshes in the Bay of Cadiz, on the south western coast of Spain. The salt marsh is an important ecological area and Marisma 21’s objectives are the recovery and holistic revitalisation of the salt pans using artisanal salt production methods. This not only ensures the maintenance of the macro-flora in the salt pans, an important food source for migratory wading birds, but enhances the local environment for aquatic salt loving species.
While the sympathetic management and hand harvesting of the pans generates multiple benefits for wildlife making it truly fair to nature, it also brings employment to the area in the form of salt workers and nature tourism.
The traditional extracting method in use here, since Roman and Phoenicians times, was fully respectful to nature; through shaping the habitat, generating an economy, and developing an environmental variety that lead to biodiversity growth.
There are just few samples in the world where the human economy is not negatively impacting upon biodiversity levels. The case of Cadiz traditional salines are instead a benefit to the economy, environment, nature and people.
the Inglorious Bustards will continue to promote salt products to clients (even including it in our legendary picnics!) and link salt production to eco-tourism wherever possible through the development of new and exciting tours.
This is a continuing relationship from Simon’s work with Fair to Nature
Supporting the next generation
Next Generation Birders was set up to provide an online as well as offline social community for young Birders. We are proud to work with them to provide young Birders opportunities for affordable foreign Birding trips and opportunities for volunteering with other conservation partners.
The Andalucía Bird Society is a group, pan-Andalucían in scope, which is primarily, but not exclusively for the resident foreign Birder and visitor whose knowledge of and fluency in Spanish is not of the best. It should be emphasised that the society aims to cooperate with and work within the framework of Spanish Birding, not entirely as a separate and independent entity, but one which simply draws together the non-Spanish Birder, hopefully into cooperative projects, with local Spanish Birders (who often suffer the same language problem with regard to English).
Inglorious Bustards are an affiliated member and approved guides of the society and we write articles for their magazine.
Individuals actions we support
The third Dove Step journey commenced in early 2017, comprising an on-foot crossing of Spain in aid of Turtle Dove conservation. Walking from south to north with back-to-back marathon distances each day for over 700 miles. Starting on Tarifa beach and concluding on the northern coast looking out into the Bay of Biscay.
Inglorious Bustards were uniquely placed at the start of the journey to physically support by way of accommodation and logistics together with our partners at Huerta Grande.
Accreditation of sustainable eco-tourism
Blue Sky Wildlife, offers a unique collection of established and award winning tour operators and companies offering responsible ecotourism experiences and unique wildlife tours from around the world. Blue Sky Wildlife makes it easy to search through a variety of wildlife interests including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, reptiles, plants and wildflowers prior to contacting the wildlife tour operator and company directly.
This unique website was launched to assist in making nature and wildlife lover’s next wildlife experience as easy as possible. Visitors to the Blue Sky Wildlife website can easily search by species name, desired destination, type of tours, wildlife reviews and a tour operators commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism.
Inglorious Bustards are proud be listed on Blue Sky Wildlife and if you have been on a recent tour with us please complete a Wildlife Review on our behalf by visiting our listing page here.
Here at Inglorious Bustards we are very proud to have been listed on Terra Incognita ethical Bird tours list for 2018.
Our Terra Incognita Ethical Bird Tours listing reflects our continued commitment to measurable conservation delivery of the Flyway through sustainable food choice in partnership with Tarifa Eco centre, land management advice and advocacy, conservation delivery through eco tourism funding and our conservation partner Fundación MIGRES.
Terra Incognita believe that ecotourism can be a powerful force for good in the world, and seek to promote the best examples of ecotourism worldwide.
They do this by collating lists of amazing tour providers who help conserve the environment, support local people and educate their guests.
The Terra Incognita community wants to ‘travel for good’. They help people get off the beaten path, have adventures, and be part of a movement that creates positive change for people and planet through travel.
We are very proud to work in partnership with a variety of accommodation providers ensuring you comfortable and relaxed surroundings with great wildlife in their grounds too. Some of our favourites and close friends and business partners are listed below. Do feel free to ask us any questions you may have about these or any other accommodations we use on our trips.
We are proud to offer accommodation particularly at our home and in partnership with Huerta Grande rural eco-lodge where we work as resident guides.
Huerta Grande is a Rural Eco-Resort situated in the hills above the Strait of Gibraltar, between the Parque Natural del Estrecho (Natural Park of the Strait of Gibraltar) and the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales (Natural Park of Cork Oaks). The 7 hectares of Huerta Grande are nestled within a forest of Wild Olive and Cork Oak trees. Here our visitors find the silence and peace of pure nature. Huerta Grande is the perfect spot for nature and its observes who can witness from the resort the spectacular bird migrations in spring and autumn and the butterfly and bird filled woodlands.
All accommodation is within log-cabins within the tranquil surroundings of the woodland or in one of the two houses that overlook the Straits itself and are surrounded by beautiful woodland and flowering shrubs.
Dinner and breakfast is prepared by a superb chef and all dietary requirements can be ably catered for. The eco-centre provides the perfect relaxation where we will take our evening meals and look up for raptors or be joined by Crested Tits and Firecrests in the trees overhead.
If you find a spare moment from exploring the migrations and several nature filled areas of the Straits or simply require some alone time with nature then one of the several walks available around the grounds will no doubt rejuvenate your spirits.
The woodlands here are unique in botanical interest and offer refuges to passerine migrants and resident species. Due to the unique climatic conditions within the area the woodlands are lush and green and take on an other world feel.
If you require more information about any details regarding Huerta Grande do not hesitate to contact us
At Hotel Bandolero We proudly work with David and Ivan at the delightful mountain village of Juzcar and whilst the beautiful and comfortable rooms are a delight Ivan’s award winning cooking will not fail to impress whatever your dietary needs. Furthermore the mountains surrounding the hotel offer great all year birding opportunities.
The village had been one of the traditional pueblitos blancos of Andalusia but in spring 2011, buildings in the town (including the church and gravestones) were painted smurf-blue by Sony pictures in order to create a setting for the Smurf movie.
Others accommodation providers
We have many more accommodation partners in other areas and we endeavour to always bring you comfortable and delightful settings with sustainability at its heart. There are too many to list here but we are happy to provide you further information regarding our accommodation providers and our partnership with them relating to your desired tour – just drop us an email and we can send you all the details!