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« on: July 02, 2009, 15:52 PM »

Spanish Highs Mountain Guides has joined forces with Ian Williams to form Birdwatch Alpujarras for tours and excursions in the beautiful southern foothills of the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada mountains. The Alpujarras offer some of Spain’s most spectacular birdlife. Based in the village of Lanjaron, they can show you the rich variety of birding highlights the region has available.

Who?
Ian Williams is the “heart and soul” of Birdwatch Alpujarras. His enthusiasm for our feathered friends knows no bounds. He has vast experience of birdwatching throughout Europe, but especially in the Alpujarras, where he now lives, and in his native UK.

Kiersten Rowland is resident in the Alpujarras and looks after the website and administration functions. She also helps support Ian on birdwatching tours throughout the region. Contact her if you have relevant and related information you wish to be included on the site.

Both are passionate about the area and it’s birdlife.

The Birds
Resident raptors include Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles and these are joined by large numbers of Booted and Short Toed Eagles over the breeding season. All three of southern Spain’s “exotic” species, namely, Hoopoe, Rollers and Bee-Eaters, breed locally and are seen regularly. Golden orioles nest in and around the village. Chats and Thrushes include the Northen, Black and Black Eared Wheatear. Black Redstart and Blue Rock thrushes. Other seasonal visitors of note include Great Grey and Woodchat Shrikes, with Subalpine Warblers in the spring. Local woodland brings frequent sightings of Crossbills and Crested Tits. Firecrests are another local speciality.
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The Tours
They offer guided tours in 4×4 transport in small groups to ensure we get the best the region can provide. Recent days have brought great sightings of Eagle Owl, Goshawk and Iberian Yellow Wagtails. There is always something fantastic to see!

The Website
You will find much information about the tours and birdlife on the site. Also they report any news or frequent sightings. Much of the site is “interactive” and they encourage you to assist with any information you can provide.

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Via website: www.birdwatchalpujarras.com

PS I would like to thank Simon for the advice on a previous topic on smart links!  clapping
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2009, 16:04 PM »

Very nice website Maria.... Well built, and fast loading... I really like the info description cards linked to images for the birds species

Best of luck with the venture... I hope that Ian will be joining the forum here and posting a few observations, notes and helping out in the birds board... Smiley

Come to think of it it's been a while since we have heard from the Alpujarras Smiley Wot? no funny ski videos or anything?

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009, 16:13 PM »

Hi Maria
I really like it, the colours seem to be just right and as Clive said, it loads fast and the descriptions are superb
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2009, 14:48 PM »

Hey chaps thanks for the nice comments about the website.

Things have been a little quiet from the Alpujarras, still got clients wanting to walk in this heat speechless ok so they are in the high mountains where its nice a fresh, not like the trip to Malaga airport this morning where the car recorded 39.4! Also a trip back to the UK.

Skiing is off now until the winter so no silly videos to come sorry. Hopefully some shots of the strange and beautiful things here in the Alpujarras that I will need help identifying.

Yes Ian will be joining  sign for sure in the next week or so and im sure he will have a ball on here clapping

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2009, 06:51 AM »

Very smart site Maria  clapping I really like the golden browns. Good luck with your new partnership.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 10:56 AM »

Just to let you know that Birdwatch Alpujarras has had a long over due face lift and would welcome any feed back.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2009, 18:44 PM »

Ahhh Good old Joomla..... You have done really well  Maria and all.... Loads of information easily and quickly available.... It can only get better with more information, trip reports and bird information you publish...

Are you using a site map and Google webmaster etc? There is a pretty good sitemap extension over at Joomla extension site... It creates the correct pages for Google bots and also a site map for visitors to the site...
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2009, 22:37 PM »

Hi Clive

Thanks for that, looking forward to it building up, just wish Ian had internet access more regularly but never mind in the new year it should be better.

We are using a site map and google webmaster, but will have a look at the Joomla extension site, sounds good. Joomla do some nice sites, and its fairly easy to use, ive been trying various site builders and settled with Joomla for this site, still bits and pieces to do but is ok for going live.
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