5 tips to enjoy bike birding in the Community of Madrid

13 December 2023

Cycling and enjoying the birds around us, can there be a better plan? Bike birding is an activity that combines cycling with bird watching. And the various natural areas of the Community of Madrid are presented as a fantastic setting to enjoy the scenery while watching birds of prey, ducks or forest birds.

1. Prepare a route that is easily cyclable, choose forest tracks rather than trails. So you can enjoy the day with the whole family. You will see how it is an experience that the youngest members of the family will love. If it’s your first time, don’t hesitate to look for a guided activity.

2. Carefully select the material you are going to bring for the observation. If you have saddlebags or a large backpack, you can carry binoculars and a spotting scope with tripod. It is important that they are adequately protected so that their optics do not deteriorate.

birdwatching by bicycle
Photo: Navalmedio Naturaleza

3. Find out about the most common birds in the area where you are going to move and look for information sheets or a good guide that will allow you to identify them easily. Along with the guide or cards, bring a field notebook and pen to record your observations.

4. Respect other users of the natural space you are in, remember to give way to hikers, do not enter private property and do not disturb wildlife. Always observe from a safe distance.

5. Enjoy the landscapes that the route will offer you, the moments of observation and the conviviality with the rest of the group members. The purpose of this activity is learning through the contemplation of nature. It is not necessary to ride many kilometers, since we will spend more time stopped than pedaling.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………One of our partners, Navalmedio Naturaleza, offers bike birding activities throughout the year. We invite you to get information and discover this other way to enjoy cycling and nature.

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