Wildlife of the Western Canaries
Tenerife & La Gomera
Teresa Farino (Iberian Wildlife Tours) in association with Jeff Clarke Ecology
All images unless otherwise stated © Jeff Clarke 2016
8th -16th March 2016
Small group tour of the spectacular volcanic landscapes of Tenerife and La Gomera rich in endemic wildlife.
Teresa Farino is renowned for her intimate knowledge of the natural history of the region, especially wildflowers, butterflies and moths, and is a vastly experienced wildlife tour leader.
Jeff Clarke has 24 years of leading natural history events, and guiding educational courses and tours with expertise in birds, mammals and many invertebrate groups.
From €1,580 euros
Excludes flights, but including 9 days / 8 nights half-board accommodation, picnic lunches, transport by minibus throughout, flora and fauna report and services of the leaders, single-room supplement of 240 € applicable).
The Canary archipelago comprises seven principal volcanic islands – Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro – plus a number of lesser islets, adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, around 100 km from the coast of north-west Africa and more than 1,100 km from mainland Spain, by which it was annexed in the fifteenth century. Along with Madeira and the Azores, the Canaries are part of the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, renowned for its incredible plant and animal diversity. The largest island is Tenerife, covering just 2,035 square
kilometres and rising 3,715 metres above sea level to culminate in Spain’s highest peak, El Teide
Today more than 2,000 species of
vascular plants occur in the Canary Islands, more than 40% are found nowhere else in the world.
La Gomera Skink
sixteen unique species of lizards, skinks and geckos are scattered across the archipelago – and the invertebrates, new taxa of which are being discovered every year.
The Canaries are also home to five bird species – Bolle's Pigeon (Columba bollii), Laurel
Pigeon (Columba junoniae), Canary Islands Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae), Canary Islands
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis) and Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea) – that are found
nowhere else in the world. Four other Canary Island species occur exclusively in Macaronesia –
Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria), Berthelot’s Pipit (Anthus bertholotii), Plain Swift (Apus unicolor)
and the very scarce and declining Macaronesian Shearwater (Puffinus baroli) – while a number of
essentially North African bird species, such as the Barbary Falcon (Falco pelegrinoides), have their
only European breeding grounds here. In addition, the Canaries also host two endemic terrestrial
mammals: the Canary Shrew (Crocidura canariensis) and the Canary Big-eared Bat (Plecotus
The seas surrounding Tenerife and La Gomera are richly endowed with many species of cetacean (whales and dolphins) and this tour will provide an opportunity to get close to several species including Atlantic spotted Dolphin and Short-finned Pilot Whale.
immature Atlantic Spotted Dolphin