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R. Cebrian Alonso

Finca La Parrilla


Location

Serrejon - Caceres Extremadura - Spain

Opening period All year round

Contacts

info@skuanature.com +39 0141-918403

Features

10 Photo Hides 900 Hectars

Closest Airports

Madrid Barajas (3 h.)

Suggested Accommodation

In the Reserve there is a lodge with 8 rooms

SPAIN

Porto

Madrid Caceres

Lisbona

La Parrilla

La Parrilla estate is inside the famous Monfragße National Park, which, with its 18.396 hectares, has been the first protected area to be declared in Extremadura, in 1979, and subsequently became a National Park in 2007, as well as being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It’s a real jewel of biodiversity, protecting mediterranean forests and shrubby areas, famous worldwide for its invaluable environmental and particularly ornithological heritage: it hosts a huge population of different vultures species, it has one of the highest densities of the endemic and very rare Spanish Imperial Eagle, and during the winter impressive numbers of Common Cranes are present.

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M. Steenhaut

76 M. Biasioli

M. Steenhaut

M. Steenhaut

M. Steenhaut

THE RESERVE


FINCA LA PARRILLA L. Garcia

M. Biasioli F. Marquez

M. Biasioli

M. Piacentino M. Piacentino

M. Biasioli

The old Casa Rural in La Parrilla, now completely renovated and ready to accommodate its hosts, is situated in the heart of a 1250 hectares private estate. High on a hill, it offers a privileged view over the Tago river valley, over the dehesa and on the rocky cliffs of the Sierra La Parrilla. It is an eco-lodge with well-finished and charming furniture, modern and spacious rooms with en-suite facilities, a couple of living rooms where you can relax and a large table in the patio for open air dinners, so you will be constantly entertained by the flight of vultures: a real oasis of peace, where to adapt your pace to the pace of nature, with no hurry, for the Griffon Vultures are not in a hurry when they fly effortlessly in the blue sky .  

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L. Garcia

M. Mendi M. Mendi

So far 180 bird species have been recorded in Monfragüe National Park, with more than a hundred breeding: La Parrilla estate hosts a lot of this biodiversity, including arguably the biggest colony in the world of Cinereous Vulture and the second biggest of Griffon Vulture. And these are by no means the only raptors present here: at least three males of Eagle Owl sing from the rocky cliffs in front of the lodge, while a pair of Spanish Imperial Eagle has its nest nearby; Red Kites, Golden Eagles, Bonelli’s Eagles and Sparrowhawks fly over the area almost every day.Typical mediterranean species such as Thekla Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock-thrush, Woodchat Shrike and Spotless Starling can be seen in the more open areas, while the shrubby areas host a plethora of Sylvia warblers: Dartford, Subalpine, Sardinian, Common, Western Orphean and Iberian Chiffchaf. In the more humid areas, like the valley floors where streams flow, there are high densities of Golden Orioles, and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Jays, Azure-winged Magpies and Hawfinches are all present. It is possible to organize expeditions for finding and photographing particular birds inside the estate or in the immediate surroundings, dedicated night sessions for spotting owls, and also to set up temporary hides in order to maximise the photo opportunities. Find out how to do it!

M. Mendi

BIRDS

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M. Mendi

C. Galliani

M. Premoli

M. Premoli

M. Lorenzo

C. Romano

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M. R. Romero

Inside the estate one of the biggest european Black Vulture colonies

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T. D’Arcangelo


Since La Parrilla includes a wide section of the integral natural reserve of the Monfragüe National Park, a lot of the over 50 mammal species present can be seen, with a bit of luck. Not only the Red Deer coming close to the lodge in their rutting season, but also Red Fox and Beech Marten often come close to the buildings at night. Even Wolf has been seen inside the property, while very interesting species present are Wild Cat, Common Genet and Egyptian Mongoose, typical african species, as well as Otter and Badger. This year the SKUA Nature team has finally found the presence of the “Iberian Lyncx” inside the Park of the Monfrague from which it was extinct from the 70s. One of the last observations of it was in La Parrilla and ironically it reappeared just there. Currently there are no permanent individuals in the area, but this discovery allows us to glimpse the future recolonization of the area in the near future. Among smaller mammals, Garden Dormouse and Southern Water Vole are worth mentioning. It is possible to organize special expeditions for finding and photographing particular plants, insects and mammals, with dedicated walks and jeep rides, both at night and during the day, and it is also possible to set up nocturnal photo sessions. Find out how to do it!

C. Galliani

Merce R. Romero

I. Maiorano

Bissattini P.G. Jaez

M. R. Romero

MAMMALS

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INSECTS & PLANTS

FINCA LA PARRILLA L. Boscain

L. Garcia

C. Galliani

C. Galliani

C. Galliani

R. Sindaco

The landscape of the property is made up of two main environments: the dehesa, with scattered holm oaks and huge cork oaks, whose existence is guaranteed artificially through the grazing of goats, sheep and pigs; and the mediterranean scrub, of natural origin. Both these two environments host a large variety of plants and insects species. There are extraordinary bloomings of Common Gum Cistus and Broteroi Peony, along with a lot of other mediterranean species like Spanish Foxglove or Tongue Orchid, among which fly elegant butterflies like Spanish Festoon, Spanish Swallowtail and Two-tailed Pasha.

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C. Galliani

T. D’Arcangelo R. Sindaco

R. Sindaco

C. Galliani

AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES

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Though arid, the mediterranean scrub and the dehesa of Monfrague host an unexpected abundance of amphibian species, which reveal themselves during wet days and nights: Iberian Ribbed Newt, Pygmy Marbled Newt, Iberian Painted Frog, Western Spadefoot, Natterjack Toad, Mediterranean Tree Frog are only a few of the numerous species present here. It is possible to organize special expeditions for finding and photographing particular reptiles and amphibian species, with dedicated night walks and jeep rides, and it is also possible to set up nocturnal photo sessions and temporary terrariums and aquariums to maximise photo opportunities. Find out how to do it!


G. Bissattini C. Galliani L. Boscain

C. Galliani

C. Galliani

FINCA LA PARRILLA

P. Jaez

M. Biasioli

The peculiar geological history of the Iberian Peninsula has strongly influenced its reptilian fauna: the temporary closure of the Gibraltar Strait has guaranteed an exchange between european and north african species, while glaciations have only lightly touched northern Spain, thus allowing the survival of tertiary fauna, unlike in the rest of Europe. All of this, together with the orography of the Iberian Peninsula and the climatic peculiarities typical of the mediterranean habitats, has made the Iberian Peninsula, and even more so the Monfragüe National Park, a real herpetological biodiversity treasure: a large part of the species are endemic or sub-endemic, like Iberian Worm Lizard, Ocellated Lizard, Ladder Snake, or species for which Spain represents the very core area of their distribution, like Spanish Pond Turtle, Iberian Wall Lizard, Horseshoe Whip Snake and Lataste’s Viper.

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PHOTO HIDES

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E. Natali

L. Cuaresma

L. Cuaresma

A. Rodriguez

One of the very few hides in Europe where to photographing Golden Oriole


C. Galliani

A drinking-hide built up in a tree immediately takes us in the shady atmosphere of a valley floor grove, where Golden Oriole and Hawfinch come to drink. A perfectly camouflaged rock-hide disappears among the rocks and stones on top of a cliff, offering a fantastic view over the dehesa down below and on the vultures coming back to their nests in the sunset light. A large drinking trough acts as a magnet for passerines in the surroundings of the lodge, from Linnets to Red-rumped Swallows and Crested Larks. A floating-hide allows to take pictures of very intimate moments, when scavenger birds take a bath after their meal.These are only a few of the many opportunities you have in this reserve. 

HIDE 1 - PIZARRA Species

Azure Winged Magpie, Linnet, Swallows, Larks, Spotless Starling, Small Birds

R. Lucietti

J. G. Aguado

All year round

Price

50 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

6 persons

HIDE 2 - TOCON Species

Blue Rock Thrush, Woodchat Shrike, Mistle Thrush, Larks, Redstarts

Best Period I. Maiorano

R. Lucietti

All year round

Price

50 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 3 - ARBOREAL DRINKING Species

Golden Oriol, Azure Winged Magpie, Hawfinch, Warblers, Nuthatch

Best Period L. Ercoli

M. Biasioli

All year round

Price

50 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

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FINCA LA PARRILLA

Best Period


HIDE 4 - RED DEER Species

Red Deer, Fox, Orphean Warbler, Mediterranean Warblers

Best Period G. Bissattini

M. Steenhaut

All year round

Price

50 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 5 - SIERRAS Species

Blue Rock Thrush, Redstarts, Kites, Red-legged Partridge, Vultures

Best Period R. Lucietti

C. Romano

All year round

Price

80 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 6 - ENCINA Species

Red Kite, Black Kite, Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle All year round

M. Biasioli

Merce R. Romero

Best Period Price

80 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons

HIDE 7 - MULADAR Species

Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Kites, Raven

Best Period L. Garcia

I. Garcia

All year round

Price

80 Euro

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

4 persons

HIDE 8 - FLOATING HIDE Species

Herons, Storks, Vultures in the water, Kites, Sandpipers

Best Period C. Romano

M. Biasioli

All year round

Price

80 Euro

For info and reservations, please contact our Office. We speak English, Italian, French, Spanish and Russian

info@skuanature.com From UK 020 81449814 from other Countries +39 0141918403 Working hours Monday to Friday - 09.30AM to 06.00PM

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Teresa Rocchi

Logistic & Operations

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

2 persons


HIDE 9 - DEHESA Species

Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Mediterranean Warblers

Best Period

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

Price

R. Lucietti

R. Lucietti

All year round 50 Euro

2 persons

HIDE 3 - NIGHT ARBOREAL Species Genet, Beech Marten

Best Period R. Lucietti

R. Cabrian Alonso

All year round

Lens

300/500 mm

Places

Price

80 Euro

2 persons

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La Parrilla estate is open to individual photographers and groups. Apart from single photo sessions you can also experience a weekend long stay, enjoying the local home-made cuisine and La Parrilla casa rural, the cosy accommodation on a hill inside the estate, surrounded by nature, from where you can often hear the eagle owl calling. An additional day can be added to visit the nearby Las Vinas estate, where you will have the opportunity to use hides for other species that will make your portfolio rich of different target species that the picturesque dehesa landscape hosts.

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FINCA LA PARRILLA

OTHER INFO

I. Maiorano

And more!

I. Maiorano

- 50€ discount on every tours - 5% discount on shorter tours - 10% discount on every photo session in our hides

Welcome at La Parrilla estate and photo sessions La Parrilla estate – photo sessions Optional: Las Vinas estate – photo sessions and departure

Not Included twin/double and single rooms, with private facilities. Maximum of 6 people per group

INCLUDES accommodation (at La Parrilla Casa Rural), full board service, use of the available hides, services of the local guides.

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