Rutting season in Madrid
Deer watching trail in Monte de El Pardo
Monte de El Pardo is one of Madrid’s greenbelts and, as such, it is home to a variety of birdlife and mammals who enjoy the peace and quiet found within its walls, including deer.
With autumn and the first rainfall comes rutting season, the time of year when male deer fight for their right to mate with the females.
This is when they make their characteristic bellowing sound as an added show of strength.
During this rutting expedition in Madrid, we will head out on an interpretive trail roughly 3 km long to reach the main watching point, looking out along the way to take in the local vegetation and detect any traces of wild animals.
Once we reach the watching point, our wait begins. Aided by telescopes and binoculars, we will keep our eyes and ears peeled for deer and any other local wildlife: fallow deer, wild boar, Spanish imperial eagles, cinereous vultures, griffon vultures, grey herons and more. Our chances of an encounter will, of course, depend on nature.
We will come back at sundown to listen out for some of the area’s nocturnal birds of prey, such as the eagle-owl or the tawny owl.
This rutting trail in Madrid is gentle and includes plenty of stops along the way, making it perfect for the whole family.
- Nature guide.guide.
- Optical equipment.
- Civil liability and accident insurance.
- COVID-19 protocol.