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Due to the current situation our tours may be subject to change or postponement.

 

All the following tours are subject to the current Coronavirus conditions and the appropriate government advice at the time of each tour’s departure.

 

2021 - 2022 TOURS

 

East Yorkshire – Early Autumn Migration September 13th  – 17th 

 

Early autumn can produce a good selection of species on the east coast of Yorkshire and Spurn alone has produced great birds such as White rumped Sandpiper, Dotterel, Wryneck, Barred Warbler, Pectoral Sandpiper and Spoonbill along with the more usual species such as Garganey, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Whinchat, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher at this time over recent years. As well as Spurn we’ll visit other sites such as Bempton Cliffs, Flamborough Head, Hornsea Mere and Blacktoft Sands.

 

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

The Shetland Islands September 22nd  – October 6th 

 

This 15 day / 14 night tour to the fabulous Shetland Islands includes 12 nights on mainland Shetland and 2 nights at sea on our overnight ferry crossings between Aberdeen and Lerwick. Our tour is timed to coincide with the peak time on the islands for scarce migrants and our 2020 tour produced fabulous species such as White’s Thrush, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Arctic Warbler and many others and other recent tours produced River Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Pallid Harrier, Snowy Owl, Swainson’s Thrush and much more.

 

There are 3 places left on this tour – 1 single room and 1 twin / double room

 

Isles of Scilly and Cornwall October 9th  – 17th 

 

A great 9 day / 8 night tour to the magical Isles of Scilly c27 miles off the western tip of Cornwall with 6 days / 5 nights on the islands in Hugh Town on St Mary’s and a night / 2 nights at each end of the tour in Penzance. We fly from Land’s End onto Scilly and we’ll sail back from St Mary’s to Penzance at the end of the tour. The islands attract numerous rare and scarce species in the autumn and over the years we’ve visited, we’ve seen gems such as Blackpoll Warbler, Eye browed Thrush, Upland Sandpiper, Black and White Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, Common Nighthawk, Tree Swallow, Black Duck, American Robin and numerous others. Species such as Wryneck. Firecrest, Yellow browed Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Jack Snipe, American Golden Plover, Spoonbill & Richard’s Pipit are seen on almost every autumn tour to Scilly. We’ll also spend time exploring the migrant hotspots on the mainland as well as finding Chough too.

 

 

Norfolk & Suffolk October 19th – 25th 

 

This tour has produced Rufous Bush Chat, Red-flanked Bluetail, Great Knot, Radde’s Warbler, Black eared Wheatear, Olive-backed Pipit and Dusky Warbler in recent years along with Pallas’s Warbler and the more regular species such as Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Common Crane, Stone Curlew, Dartford Warbler, Spoonbill, Rough-legged Buzzard, Woodlark, Hawfinch, Bittern and up to 10 species of geese. We spend 4 nights in Norfolk and 2 nights in Suffolk on this tour.

 

The Somerset Levels and Gloucestershire November 4th – 9th 

 

A 6 day tour to south west England visiting sites to include the Somerset Levels, Slimbridge WWT, Chew Valley Lake, the New Forest, the Cotswold Water Park and others. Our target species will include Smew, Common Crane, Bittern, Hawfinch, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, both Hen and Marsh Harriers, Red-crested Pochard, Russian White-fronted Goose, Great Grey Shrike, Crossbill, 3 species of egret, Kingfisher, Bearded Tit and numerous species of wildfowl that on previous visits have included Lesser Scaup, Ferruginous Duck and Ring necked Duck.  

 

 

Islay & Mull November 12th – 19th 

 

TOUR NOW FULLY BOOKED. NEXT ISLAY & MULL TOUR JAN 15-22 2022

 

Firth of Forth & Dumfries (Kelpies, Hadrian’s Wall & Falkirk Wheel) January 4th – 9th  

 

A great 6 day visit to the south of Scotland that includes visits to the Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel and Hadrian’s Wall. On the Firth of Forth we’ll search through the flocks of sea duck for Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter and the annually returning White winged Scoter along with Scaup, Long tailed Duck and Slavonian Grebes. Near to Falkirk we’ll hopefully find the UK’s only regular wintering flock of Taiga Bean Geese. Around Dumfries and Galloway we should find plenty of great birds such as Greenland White fronted Geese, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, huge flocks of Barnacle Geese, Scaup flocks, Purple Sandpipers and more. Over the years we’ve been visiting we’ve also found a number of rare birds that have included Red breasted Goose, Snow Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Ring necked Duck and Lesser Scaup.

 

 

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Islay and Mull January 15th – 22nd 

 

A week spent on the west Scotland islands of Islay and Mull where we’ll enjoy huge flocks of wintering geese, numerous raptors, ducks and waders galore with the likelihood of a rarity or two along the way. On Mull highlights should include White tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Short eared Owl, Great Northern Diver, Black Guillemot and Otter and on Islay the highlights will include huge, spectacular flocks of Barnacle Geese, large numbers of Greenland White fronted Geese and both pale bellied and dark bellied Brent Geese. There’s always a chance of rarer species here too and over the years that we’ve been visiting we’ve seen Snow, Ross’s, Red-breasted and vagrant Canada Geese too. Other wildfowl will feature flocks of Long-tailed Ducks, Common Scoters and Scaup and waders will include Purple Sandpiper. Other species we can expect to see are Chough, Twite and eagles.

 

Thailand January 29th – February 12th 

 

2 weeks in Thailand where there’ll be a great selection of fabulous birds to be enjoyed that’ll hopefully include Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Malaysian Plover, White-faced Plover, Great Hornbill, Pied Harrier, Limestone Wren Babbler, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Black breasted Thrush, Rusty naped Pitta, White-tailed Robin, Fire tailed Sunbird, Siberian Rubythroat, Chestnut vented Nuthatch, Mr’s Hume’s Pheasant, Giant Nuthatch, Asian Barred Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Himalayan Cutia and plenty more. Mammals will hopefully include Asian Elephant.

 

 

Florida USA January 29th – February 12th 

 

A return to the Sunshine State where we spend 2 weeks with 3 different hotel bases in Orlando, on the Gulf Coast and near to the Everglades NP. We’ll see in the region of 170 species of birds that usually include Bald Eagle, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Snail Kite, Painted Bunting, Burrowing Owl, Short-tailed Hawk, Lesser Nighthawk, Long billed Curlew, Florida Scrub Jay, Limpkin, White-tailed Kite, Red-headed Woodpecker, Magnificent Frigatebird, Black Skimmer, Scissor tailed Flycatcher, Reddish Egret, Crested Caracara, Bachman’s Sparrow, numerous multi coloured warblers and lots, lots more. There’ll be other wildlife apart from birds too such as Manatee, Bottle nosed Dolphin, Raccoon, Nine banded Armadillo, American Alligator and Saltwater Crocodile.

 

 

 

The Canary Islands February 16th – 23rd  

 

A great bird packed week in the winter sunshine where we spend time on Fuerteventura and on Tenerife too. Birds that we hope to see will include Red-billed Tropicbird, Bolle’s Pigeon, Laurel Pigeon, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Blue Chaffinch, Berthelot’s Pipit, Trumpeter Finch, Atlantic Canary, Canary Islands Chiffchaff, Fuerteventura Chat, Tenerife Kinglet, Southern Grey Shrike, Canary Islands Tit, Barbary Partridge, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Barbary Falcon, Spectacled Warbler, Spanish Sparrow, Stone Curlew, Laughing Dove, Plain Swift, Egyptian Vulture and a few seabird species too.

 

 

Mediterranean France February 16th – 23rd 

 

 

A week in the south of France where we visit sites to include the Camargue, Les Alpilles and La Crau in search of birds to include Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl, Slender-billed Gull, Little Bustard, Southern Grey Shrike, Moustached Warbler, Alpine Accentor, Black Woodpecker, Rock Sparrow, Citril Finch, Greater Flamingo and Penduline Tit along with Common Crane, Blue Rock Thrush, Red crested Pochard, Glossy Ibis, White Stork, Purple Gallinule, Serin, Mediterranean Gull, Cirl Bunting, Kentish Plover, Black-necked Grebe and Black Redstart among many more. There’s also a chance of Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Snow Finch and Spotted Eagle but these species are now very difficult.

 

Western Ireland February 26th – March 5th 

 

A great late winter break to Ireland’s stunning Atlantic coast where we’ll spend 3 nights in Galway and 4 nights near to Sligo visiting many fabulous sites such as Galway Bay, Nimmo’s Pier, Ballyvaughan and Rossaveal. Wildfowl will feature with huge wintering flocks of Pale bellied Brent Geese, Greenland White-fronted Geese and Barnacle Geese that always seem to have a rarer straggler among them that on past visits have included Snow, Cackling, Todd’s Canada, Ross’s and Black Brant on previous tour along with rare ducks such as Barrow’s Goldeneye, King Eider, Ring necked, Ferruginous, American Wigeon and Lesser Scaup and there’ll be Surf Scoters and Velvet Scoters too. There’ll be rare gulls too that usually include Ring billed, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls and we’ve also seen Thayer’s, Kumlein’s, American Herring and Laughing Gulls too along with the regular wintering Forster’s Tern. Other possible species include Purple Sandpiper, White tailed Eagle and Chough.

 

 

Morocco March 8th – 19th 

 

This 12 day tour to Morocco will produce a spectacular list of great birds that’ll hopefully include Houbara Bustard, Crowned Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Cream coloured Courser, Egyptian Nightjar, Pharoah Eagle Owl, Northern Bald Ibis, Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Trumpeter Finch, Crimson-winged Finch, Moussier’s Redstart, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Dupont’s Lark, Desert Sparrow and a host of wheatears to include White crowned Black, Mahgreb, Red rumped, Seebohm’s and Desert as well as Tristram’s, Sahara Scrub, African Desert and Western Orphean Warblers.

 

 

North Wales March 12th – 14th 

 

A 3 day visit to the North Wales coast where we’ll hope to find lekking Black Grouse, Red Grouse, Hawfinch, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Chough, Dartford Warbler and Lesser spotted Woodpecker along with sea duck to include up to 3 species of scoter, shorebirds to include Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot and up to 3 species of divers. There could also be wintering Firecrest, Water Pipit, Kingfisher, Short eared Owl, Twite and Snow Bunting and Red Squirrel.

 

 

Gloucestershire – Forest of Dean & Slimbridge WWT March 17th – 20th 

 

This 4 day / 3 night tour will target Goshawk (at one of the best sites in the UK to see this species), Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Common Crane, Eurasian White-fronted Goose, Common Crossbill, Red crested Pochard and more with a good chance of Adder too. We visit Slimbridge WWT on one day. We’ll also look for any scarcer species that are around including the regular wintering Great Grey Shrike.

 

Speyside, Scotland April 4th – 10th 

 

A week in Speyside targets species such as Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Crested Tit, Slavonian Grebe, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Ptarmigan, Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Ring Ouzel, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Common Crossbill, Scottish Crossbill, Parrot Crossbill and Woodcock along with early spring migrants. There’ll be mammals too that will hopefully include Pine Marten, Badger, Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Red Squirrel.

 

Colorado & Kansas USA – Spring Specialities April 23rd – May 6th 

 

This spring visit to Colorado targets amazing lekking Greater and Lesser Prairie Chickens, Greater Sage Grouse, Gunnison Sage Grouse and Sharp tailed Grouse along with Grey crowned, Brown capped and Black Rosyfinches, Mountain Plover, Townsend’s Solitaire, Western Grebe, Canada Jay, Clark’s Grebe, Chestnut collared Longspur, McKown’s Longspur, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Grey Vireo, Prairie Falcon, Juniper Titmouse, Scissor tailed Flycatcher, Upland Sandpiper, American Three Toed Woodpecker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Mississippi Kite, Burrowing Owl, Violet Green Swallow, Mountain Bluebird and Western Bluebird among many others.

 

Arizona USA April 23rd – May 6th  

 

This bird packed visit to Arizona in the south west of the USA briefly visits California too and the list of species that we can hope to see will include Arizona, Gila and Acorn Woodpeckers, Gilded Flicker, Montezuma and Gambel’s Quail, Elegant Trogon, Zone-tailed Hawk, Spotted Owl, Elf Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Broad billed, Violet-crowned, Magnificent, Broad-tailed and Lucifer Hummingbirds, Steller’s Jay, Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Mexican Jay, California Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Curve billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Olive Warbler, Grace’s Warbler, Painted Redstart, Lucy’s Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Greater Roadrunner, Burrowing Owl and many other fabulous and sought after species.  

 

 

 

Extremadura, Spain April 27th – May 4th 

 

A great bird packed week in central Spain where we return to one of the premier birding regions of Europe. Among the sites that we’ll visit through the week will be Monfrague National Park, the Belen Steppes, Cacares and Santa Marta de Magasca. Our target species will include Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Black bellied Sandgrouse, Thekla Lark, Azure winged Magpie, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Spotless Starling, Lesser Kestrel, Scops Owl, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Rock Bunting, Roller, Rock Sparrow, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Western Orphean Warbler, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short toed Eagle, Golden Oriole, Quail, Bee Eater, Iberian Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Great spotted Cuckoo, Alpine Swift and Black Wheatear.

 

 

Lesvos, Greece May 8th – 15th 

 

The Greek island of Lesvos situated in the Aegean sea some 15 miles or so from Turkey is perfectly situated to provide a spectacular spring migration while also having a number of desirable resident species too. This relaxed tour has one hotel base and there is minimal time spent driving. Our hoped for species will include Kruper’s Nuthatch, Scop’s Owl, Cinerous Bunting, Masked Shrike, Ruppell’s Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Roller, Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Eleanora’s Falcon, Isabelline Wheatear, Sombre Tit, Collared Pratincole, Little Crake, Long -egged Buzzard, Rufous Bush Robin and Spotted Crake along with typical Mediterranean species such as Bee Eater, Golden Oriole and Greater Flamingo along with a selection of waders that on past trips have included Spur-winged Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Great Snipe and White tailed Lapwing.

 

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Ohio & Michigan May 8th – 18th 

 

This tour will experience the very best of spring migration in the USA and coincides with ‘the biggest week’ as we spend time in the states of both Ohio and Michigan. In Ohio we’ll spend many days at Magee Marsh where warbler migration will be in full swing and over the years we’ve logged over 30 different species of these multi-coloured stunners here. In Michigan our main target will be the very rare and endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. It’s not just the amazing warbler show that we’ll enjoy though as there’ll be many other fabulous birds to see such as Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Bobolink, numerous woodpeckers, American Woodcock, Bald Eagle, various owls, vireos, tanagers, shorebirds, nuthatches and raptors too. A fabulous tour with little travelling apart from the c4 hour drive from our base in Ohio into Michigan. We have 2 bases spending 6 nights in Toledo, Ohio and 3 in Tawas, Michigan. Warbler, 

 

 

Eastern Poland May 9th – 16th 

 

A fabulous trip to Eastern Poland where we spend time in Bialowieza Forest and the Biebzra Marshes – two of the most important sites for birds and other wildlife in Europe. Among the likely species that we’ll see are Black Stork, Great Snipe, Penduline Tit, Lesser spotted Eagle, Savi’s Warbler, White-tailed Eagle, Thrush Nightingale, Corncrake, flocks of breeding plumaged Ruff, White-spotted Bluethroat, Wryneck, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Collared Flycatcher, Red breasted Flycatcher, Pygmy Owl, River Warbler, White backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Middle-0spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Honey Buzzard, Spotted Eagle, Common Crane, Red-necked Grebe, Ortolan Bunting, Montagu’s Harrier and much more. We have seen wolf on a couple of previous tours along with Elk and Bison.

 

Alaska USA – Anchorage, Nome, Barrow & St Paul (Pribilofs) May 21st – June 5th 

 

A return to the magical, wildlife packed state of Alaska in the far north west of the USA where we spend time on the Pribilof Islands, Barrow ( the most northerly town in the USA ), Nome on the west coast, Seward and Anchorage. On this fabulous 16 day adventure we can hope to see Snowy Owl, Steller’s, Spectacled and King Eiders, Gyrfalcon, Snow Goose, Pacific and Yellow billed Loons, flocks of Red and Red necked Phalaropes in full breeding plumage and at point blank range, Varied Thrush, Golden crowned Sparrow, Bristle thighed Curlew, Grey crowned Rosy Finch, waders to include Rock Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff breasted Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper and Baird’s Sandpiper, Golden crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, McKay’s Bunting, breeding Red necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, Cassin’s Auklet, Least Auklet, Parakeet Auklet, Marbled Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, Tufted and Horned Puffins, Red legged Kittiwake, Pelagic Cormorant, Red legged Cormorant and much, much more. There’ll be mammals too and we’ll hope to find Polar Bear, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Beluga, Orca, Wolf, Muskox, Steller’s Sea Lion, Humpback Whale, Dall’s Porpoise, Sea Otter and Moose among them

                                                                                                

 

Mongolia – Birds & Mammals including Snow Leopard June 8th – 25th 

 

A fabulous 18 day adventure visiting one of the last truly unspoilt wildernesses of the world. We’ll be spending time in areas where there are no human inhabitants for miles around as we search for some of the most enigmatic species to be found on the planet. Amazing birds and mammals from start to finish. Areas that we’ll travel to will include the Gobi Desert, the Gobi Altai Mountains, the Tuul River, the Terelj National Park Gun Galuut Nature Reserve, the Khongor River, the Gobi Gurvan Saiikhan Mountains, the Khongor Sand Dune, Lake Orog, Buuntsagaan Lake, the Yolyn Am Valley, Bayan Lake and the Hustai National Park. Birds that we’ll hope to see will include Pere David’s Snowfinch, Relict Gull, Daurian Partridge, Mongolian Lark, Oriental Plover, Godlewski’s Bunting, Wallcreeper, Beautiful Rosefinch, Pallas’s Gull, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Eversmann’s Redstart, Saxaul Sparrow, White-winged Redstart, Mongolian Finch, Black-billed Capercaillie, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Bearded Vulture, Altai Snowcock, Amur Falcon, Siberian Rubythroat, Pine Bunting, Demoiselle Crane, White naped Crane, White-crowned Penduline Tit, Long-tailed Rosefinch and Mongolian Accentor. There’ll be mammals too. Our local guides have a very high success rate with finding Snow Leopard and Pallas’s Cat. There’s also the possibility of Saiga Antelope, Siberian Ibex, Goitered Gazelle, Asiatic Wild Ass, Przewalki’s Horse, Corsac Fox, Wapiti, Siberian Chipmunk and Tarbagan Marmot among others.

 

 

Iceland June 27th – July 6th 

 

 

A return to the land of ice and fire where there’ll be spectacular wildlife and spectacular scenery and geology. Our avian targets will include Gyrfalcon, Brunnich’s Guillemot, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, many species of waders to include Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope (in red breeding plumage), Purple Sandpiper and Whimbrel, Snow Bunting, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, Ptarmigan, White-tailed Eagle, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull and many species of wildfowl with a good chance of a scarce species or two – on past tours we’ve found Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon and a few King Eiders as well as Common Crane. We’ll also visit some of the usual ‘tourist’ sites. Cetaceans could include Humpback Whale, Minke Whale and Orca.

 

Butterflies and Birds of Dorset, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire July 18th – 22nd 

 

 

This 5 day / 4 night tour based in Bournemouth is ideally situated to explore sites that are excellent for birds and butterflies. We’ll visit RSPB Arne, Great Ovens heathlands, Durlston Country Park and sites on Portland in search of birds to include Nightjar, Dartford Warbler, Hobby, Woodlark and Cirl Bunting along with butterflies including White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Large Tortoiseshell, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Lulworth Skipper, Essex Skipper, Silver washed Fritillary and Silver studded Blue.

 

Pembrokeshire, Skomer, Skokholm, Grassholm, Ireland & Cork Pelagics July 25th – August 3rd 

 

A 10 day tour that visits the Pembrokeshire coast from where we’ll take boat trips to Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm, the south of Ireland where we’ll have two pelagic boat trips for seabirds as well as a boat trip to Cape Clear Island, the Atlantic west coast of Ireland where we’ll look for Basking Sharks before returning back to the UK via ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. Birds that it’s possible to encounter on this tour will include Storm Petrel, Wilson’s Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Long tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Arctic Skua along with large numbers of Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Chough and Gannets. We can expect a range of cetaceans too and we’ll spend time looking for Basking Sharks as well.

 

Butterflies of Dorset and Oxfordshire August 9th – 12th 

 

This 4 day / 3 night tour visits sites that’ll include Aston Rowant NNR and Durlston CP in search of some of the rarest UK butterflies to include Silver spotted Skipper, Lulworth Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Brown Hairstreak, Brown Argus among others. There’ll be birds too that may include Common Crane, Nightjar, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact us for details and costs of any of our birdwatching tours.

 

 

 

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