Birdwatching Holidays

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We are currently planning the following tours and would be happy to forward a brochure on request. Please use the links below to view full tour descriptions.
As well as compiling impressive bird lists, our clients always enjoy carefully selected quality accommodation and a nice social atmosphere.

Highland Hogmanay – £1295

December 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019

This exciting trip has been organised in conjunction with Heatherlea, one of the premier Scottish tour operators, and the only one in the highlands awarded a Five Star Wildlife Experience, by the Scottish Tourist Board. Their experienced guides have a detailed local knowledge of the area and know where best to look for the specialities of the wonderful Caledonian pine forest; Crested Tit, Scottish Parrot Crossbill and the elusive Capercaillie. At this time of year dawn is at a civilised hour and so we won’t even need early starts to look for these magnificent birds! A little further afield, we can also expect to see Golden Eagle, Black and Red Grouse, and Ptarmigan and Mountain Hare, both of which will be pure white, in tune with the dramatic scenery of the mountain tops. We will also visit the Black Isle and the bird rich Moray coast, where we can hope to see all three Divers, Slavonian Grebe, Pink-footed Geese, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and possibly White-tailed Eagle, plus Short-eared Owl, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Twite, Snow Bunting, waders galore, and large concentrations of sea duck including Red-breasted Merganser, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Scaup and Common, Velvet and maybe even Surf Scoters. We shall also listen out for news of possible northern rarities such as Snow Goose, King Eider and Great Grey Shrike. By the end of this rewarding trip we should have seen at least 85 bird species, as well as some exciting mammals, and all amid superb scenery.

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The Lancashire Coast – £430

February 4, 2019 – February 8, 2019

This is a great time to visit the Lancashire coast between Formby Point and Morecambe Bay, when tens of thousands of waders and wildfowl will be arriving from much further north, including around 30,000 Pink-footed Geese from Iceland and Greenland!

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Red-breasted Geese & much more – £1135

February 13, 2019 – February 17, 2019

The Danube Delta of Romania and the Black Sea coast of  Bulgaria are two of the top thirty birding sites in Europe, and this short break includes them both and coincides with the peak influx of Red-breasted Geese, when virtually the entire world population comes here in their tens of thousands from Arctic Russia!

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From The Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls – £5995

March 5, 2019 – March 22, 2019

The Okavango Delta transforms a vast swathe of the Kalahari Desert into a wild wilderness home for one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa, including the ‘Big Five’; Elephant, Rhino (Black and White), Buffalo, Lion and Leopard, while other exciting mammals include Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyenas, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, Hippo, Chacma Baboon, and Lechwe, Topi, Kudu and Sable Antelopes, as well as one of Africa’s  densest populations of the iconic Wild Dog. The delta is also home to over 500 species of birds, including the dazzlingly colourful and exotic Blue-cheeked and Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Lilac-breasted Roller, Malachite Kingfisher, African Pygmy Goose, African Green Pigeon, Bateleur and Martial Eagles, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled and Saddle-billed Storks and the bizarre African Skimmer.

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Northumberland ~ The Farnes & Coquet Island – £345

June 24, 2019 – June 27, 2019

These islands are one of Britain’s most important seabird colonies and will be alive with twenty different breeding seabirds in their thousands. Many are very confiding and allow really close views so bring a hat! The low cliffs of Staple have huge colonies of Kittiwake, Shag, Razorbill and Guillemot, while Inner Farne offers nesting colonies of Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns, plus Eider and Puffin.

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Cruise the Enchanted Galapagos Islands – £4580

July 15, 2019 – July 25, 2019

Straddling the equator, 600 miles west of the South American coast, is a remote and spectacular volcanic archipelago, nicknamed ‘The Enchanted Islands’, inhabited by an astonishing array of unique creatures, which inspired Charles Darwin to formulate his Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection in 1859. The animals here are so incredibly tame and obliging that going ashore is like becoming invisible, as one literally has to step over the fearless wildlife! Due to their isolation, many of the islands’ species are endemic, such as the five species of mammal and twenty different reptiles, including numerous prehistoric looking Marine Iguanas, the only lizard which feeds at sea, capable of diving down to thirty feet, and the iconic lumbering Giant Tortoises, which have such a long lifespan that some present day individuals may have been around when Darwin published his theory! There are also thirty-four endemic bird species, including the celebrated Darwin’s Finches, of which there are seventeen, all derived from a common ancestor, and each now occupying its own niche thanks to a remarkable variation in bill size and shape, ranging from the deep heavy bill of the Large Ground Finch, to the fine pointed beak of the Warbler Finch. In addition to these extraordinary land birds, there are large colonies of equally approachable seabirds including around 18,000 pairs of the majestic Waved Albatross, which perform their comical courtship displays on Española (also known as Hood, as each island has both Spanish and English names). No wonder then that The Galapagos are ranked as the fifth most important birding site in the whole world!
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Ecuador ~ Andean Highlights – £2895

July 24, 2019 – August 1, 2019

The lofty Andes have a range of habitats which vary with the altitude, and so Ecuador has the world’s fourth longest bird list, despite its small size! To minimise travelling time, with just two lodges, this extension concentrates on the area around Quito, which has more than 10% of the world’s second largest bird family, the dazzling Hummingbirds, and so we may see up to thirty different species of these stunning little birds, including the amazing Sword-billed and Giant Hummingbirds, as well as a multicoloured spectrum of other exotic species, such as Golden-headed Quetzal, Toucan Barbet, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, numerous Tanagers and even the mighty Andean Condor! No wonder this area is ranked number 64 in the world’s top 100 birding sites!

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A ‘spin’ on The Wash – £325

September 22, 2019 – September 24, 2019

The Wash is the most important British site for water birds with over a third of a million wildfowl and waders arriving each Autumn! As well as visiting two of the top sites around this productive estuary; Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh, we also have a birding cruise from Boston out into The Wash aboard the Boston Belle. As the trip is limited to eight clients, don’t miss the boat!

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Scilly Excitement – £1195

October 5, 2019 – October 12, 2019

With a super-mild climate, limitless fresh air, invigorating walks and smashing scenery in every direction (the whole place is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Scilly is a ‘must do’ location, and for birders there is simply no better place to go birding in Britain in Autumn. Lying 28 miles southwest of Lands End, with no further land until America, Scilly is a vital landfall for migrant birds from both east and west, and is therefore Britain’s premier site for rarities, even surpassing the legendary Fair Isle!

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