The mountains are a sanctuary for a huge variety and diversity of wild birds and animals all over the world. The often harsh climates and inaccessibility of the mountain environment make them less attractive to farmers and human exploitation than other more easily exploitable land, leaving them free for wild birds and animals to inhabit.
Watch the much loved furry marmots of the Alps scamper around the rocks and hear their piercing whistle as they spot one of their most common predators, the golden eagle as it soars through the sky above.
Listen to the wolves howling and spot their latest victim by the giveaway flock of vultures circling above the carcass.
In Europe you can find a huge variety of large mammals including bears, wolves, wild boar, foxes, lynx, chamois, ibex, many varieties of deer from moose to roe deer, and more. Smaller animals include the red squirrel, hares including the white mountain hare, pine martens, badgers, wild cats and many many more!
For bird lovers, the mountains are home to a huge plethora of well known birds including many rare species. Look out for ptarmigan, black grouse, golden eagles, snake eagles, eagle owls, alpine wall creepers, rock martin, snowfinch, vultures and many, many more too!
With our wildlife experts to show you where to look and a good pair of binoculars, a walk in the mountains becomes an amazing discovery of the natural world that many people are completely ignorant of.
There is plenty to see in the mountains all year round but some animals and birds can only be spotted in certain seasons in particular mountain regions. Migratory birds have regular patterns with some arriving for winter and some for the summer. Some animals like marmots and bears hibernate in the winter and others move further down the mountain to avoid the harsh winter climate.
We have a range of specific wildlife and bird watching holidays like our Wolf Tracking Trip in the Alps where the whole focus of the trip is around wildlife watching, in this case wolves. We also have one off wildlife and bird watching activities that you can do with your activity points on any of our customisable summer activity holidays or winter activity holidays.