Spring 2018 –
Speyside & Mull April 16th – 23rd
An 8 day / 7 night visit to Speyside in Scotland where we’ll hope to
see Capercaillie, Crested Tit, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Slavonian Grebe,
Osprey, Black throated and Red throated Divers, Crossbills and Ring Ouzel
amongst many other birds with possible mammals to include Pine Marten,
Badger, Bottle nosed Dolphin and Red Squirrel and Mull where our targets
will include Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Great northern Diver, Short
eared Owl, Otter and Hen Harrier.
Mediterranean France & The
Camargue April 25th – May 2nd
A week in the south of France
visiting fabulous birding areas such as the Camargue Wetlands, La Crau, Les
Alpilles and Mont Ventoux amongst others.
We can expect to see Lesser
Kestrel, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Calandra Lark, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black
eared Wheatear, Alpine Swift, Roller, Bee Eater, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole,
various Shrikes, Nightingale, Black Kite, Subalpine Warbler, Eagle Owl,
Short toed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Citril Finch, Spectacled Warbler,
Slender billed Gull, Penduline Tit, Greater Flamingo, Rock Thrush and Blue
Rock Thrush along with marsh terns, herons, egrets, storks, warblers and
Warbler Identification May 3rd – 4th
A 2 day / 1 night warbler identification workshop based on the Fylde
Coast will help you to learn how to identify warblers by plumage, habitat,
song and behaviour.
We’ll look at the differences between Willow Warbler,
Chiffchaff and Wood Warbler, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and
Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap and Garden Warbler as well as Grasshopper
Our warbler weekend coincides with the peak of spring migration
so apart from the warblers there’s bound to be plenty of other good birds to
see as it’s a great time for migrants such as Redstart and Pied Flycatcher
and something a little scarcer such as a Dotterel or marsh tern species.
Northern & Western Isles May 6th – 17th
12 day tour we visit the Western Isles of Mull, Iona, South Uist, Harris and
Lewis and also Orkney, Fair Isle and mainland Shetland in the Northern Isles
with the possibility of also visiting Fetlar or Unst or another of the
There’ll be many very scenic ferry crossings with
seabirds featuring highly on this fabulous adventure.
We spend 2 nights
on overnight sailings between Orkney and Shetland and between Shetland and
Aberdeen, 2 nights on Benbecula, 2 nights in Stornoway, a night in Kirkwall,
a night on Mull, a night in Oban, 2 nights on Fair Isle and 2 nights in
Lerwick on mainland Shetland.
We’ll be in the Western Isles at the peak
of Skua passage and would hope to see all 4 species – Great, Pomarine, Long
tailed and Arctic. We’ll also be visiting at a good time to get good views
of Corncrake. We can also expect Great northern, Black throated and Red
throated Divers, White tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier and many
seabirds and seaduck on this trip.
We can also hope for a number of
unusual spring migrants particularly when we’re in Shetland and on Fair
Isle. There should also be mammals such as Otter and perhaps cetaceans.
4 places left on this tour
British Columbia May 19th – June 2nd
A return to Western
Canada for a fortnight packed with birds and mammals too. We’ll spend time
on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan visiting numerous sites to include
Manning Provincial Park, Merritt, Stanley Park & the George C Reifel reserve
in Vancouver and Nanaimo, Tofino, Oak Bay, Clover Point, Sooke and the
Saanich Peninsula while on the island. Our tour includes 2 boat trips with
Orca being the main target on one with Black Bear and possibly Wolf the
targets on the other. Birds should include Varied Thrush, Steller’s Jay,
Gray Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Bald
Eagle, Harlequin Duck, Vaux’s Swift, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled Murrelet,
Band tailed Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Black headed
Grosbeak, Bobolink, Western Tanager, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red breasted
Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Chestnut backed Chickadee, Mountain
Chickadee, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, Lark Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing,
Violet Green Swallow, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler and Black
throated Grey Warbler amongst numerous other species.
3 places left on this tour
The Isle of Wight – Butterflies & Birds June 4th – 7th
short trip to the south coast will primarily be to find Glanville Fritillary
on the IOW but will also feature other butterflies and birds.
target butterfly species will be Heath Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary,
Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper and Small Blue along with Glanville
Fritillary. We’ll visit sites in the East Midlands for Black Hairstreak on
our way home on the last day. We’ll visit other sites such as Titchfield
Haven, sites in the New Forest and Arne RSPB with possible bird species
including Montagu’s Harrier, Honey Buzzard, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Dartford
Warbler and Woodlark amongst others.
left on this tour
NE Scotland & Mull – Chequered
Skipper June 9th – 13th
This 5 day / 4 night trip has 2
nights near to Fort William and 2 nights on Mull.
Our main target around
the Fort William area will be Chequered Skipper butterfly. This species is
only found in the UK at a few sites in this area. There’ll be birds too.
On Mull we’ll hope to see White tailed and Golden Eagles, Corncrake, Hen
Harrier and Short eared Owl as well as Otters.
2 places left on this tour
Mountain Ringlet Lake District Weekend June 16th – 17th
weekend in the Lake District where we’ll search for Mountain Ringlet
butterfly. We’ll need favourable weather to have a good chance of finding
this butterfly that has quite particular habitat requirements. There’ll be
birds to see too such as Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Redstart.
3 places left on this tour
Somerset & Large Blue Butterfly June 18th – 20th
A 3 day / 2 night trip to Somerset where we visit the only site in the
UK that the public can access to see the rare Large Blue Butterfly. We’ll
also visit good birdwatching sites nearby that’ll probably include the
3 places left on this tour
Birds & Butterflies SW England July 16th – 20th
A repeat of last year’s tour where we visited sites in Gloucestershire,
Dorset, Hampshire and Devon for a selection of great birds and butterflies
seeing all our target species.
We should see Purple Emperor, White
Admiral, Essex Skipper, Lulworth Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis Blue,
Silver studded Blue, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus and White Letter
Hairstreak amongst the butterflies on this tour as well as a number of great
birds such as Montagu’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Cirl Bunting and maybe
Honey Buzzard if weather conditions are suitable.
4 places left on this tour
South Cumbria Butterflies July 31st – August 1st
visit to the Arnside & Silverdale area of south Cumbria where we’ll hope to
see Scotch Argus, Brown Hairstreak and Dark Green Fritillary butterflies as
well as Northern Brown Argus and both Purple and White Letter Hairstreaks,
Grayling and Silver Washed Fritillary amongst other species.
doubt see some birds as well with reserves such as Leighton Moss RSPB in the
4 places left on this tour
Hampshire Silver spotted Skipper August 8th – 10th
Our final butterfly trip will see us visiting Hampshire for species that’ll
include Silver spotted Skipper and maybe Brown Hairstreak along with others
as well as birds.
3 places left on this tour
Cape May USA September 17th – 26th
A great 10
day visit to the autumn migration hotspot of Cape May at the southern tip of
New Jersey on the Atlantic Coast of the USA where autumn migration will be
in full swing with thousands of warblers, raptors, shorebirds and wildfowl
all adding to the spectacle along with herons and egrets and numerous
species of passerines too.
We’ll have one hotel base on this tour and we
will be situated in the seaside town of Cape May leaving us ideally situated
to bird at sites to include the Cape May Bird Observatory, Hidden Valley
Ranch, Higbee Beach, South Cape May Meadows, Stone Harbour, Cape May Point
SP, Lily Lake, The Beanery ( Rea Farm ), Nummy’s Island, Cape May Harbour
and the Edwin B Forsyth Reserve.
3 places left
on this tour
Brazil – Atlantic Rainforest & the
Pantanal September 18th – October 6th
A spectacular 18 day
trip to Brazil where we spend 8 days in the Atlantic Rainforest, then 7 days
in the Pantanal and then 2 days in the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park.
There’ll be hundreds of different species of birds such as the endangered
Hyancinth Macaw and some amazing other wildlife that will hopefully include
Species in the Atlantic Rainforest include gems such as Diademed
Tanager, Swallow tailed Cotinga, Itatiaia Thistletail, Brazilian Ruby
Toucanet, Black throated Trogon and Black & White Hawk Eagle. Wetland
species could include Capped Heron, Whistling Heron, Brazilian Teal, Grey
headed Kite, Masked Duck and Grey headed Kite and in the Lowland Forests
we’ll look for the endemic Three toed Jacamar among many other species. On 2
or 3 evenings we’ll look for nocturnal species such as Long trained
Nightjar, Short tailed Nighthawk, Tropical Screech Owl, Rusty Barred Owl and
In the Pantanal there’ll many more fabulous species of birds
and the chance of mammals such as Jaguar, Tapir, Giant River Otter and
Capybara. The list of probable bird species is almost endless.
opportunities for photography on this tour are excellent – particularly in
We cannot take any bookings after
July 1st for this tour
Isles of Scilly September 28th
– October 3rd
A 6 day / 5 night visit to the stunning Isles
of Scilly situated 28 miles off the tip of Cornwall.
Late September to
mid October is the peak time for scarce and rare birds on ‘Scilly’ and we’ll
spend our time visiting sites that are renowned for attracting these
We’ll be based on the main island of St.Mary’s but will also
visit at least two of the other islands.
Over the years we’ve enjoyed
dozens of rare species such as Black and White Warbler, Eye browed Thrush,
Cream coloured Courser, Common Nighthawk, Northern Waterthrush and Blackpoll
Warbler with regular and almost guaranteed species such as Firecrest, Common
Rosefinch, Wryneck, Red breasted Flycatcher and Yellow browed Warbler.
4 places left on this tour
Shetland & Fair Isle Late Autumn Migration October 9th – 18th
Our late autumn tour to the most northerly islands in the UK will see us
spend time on Fair Isle and the Shetland mainland while also visiting Unst
and other islands around the archipelago.
As well as expected scarcities
such as Yellow browed Warbler, Little Bunting, Icterine Warbler, Red
breasted Flycatcher, Barred Warbler and the like it’s a good time for top
notch rarities such as Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler and
Pechora Pipit while there’s always the chance of a Siberian Rubythroat or
Red flanked Bluetail if the winds are in a favourable direction. The fact is
that you can’t predict rarities but if you put yourself in the right place
at the right time of year then you increase your chances dramatically.
We’ll stay on Fair Isle for 3 nights and the Shetland mainland for 4 nights
on this tour.
Australia – East Coast & Tasmania October 29th
– November 15th
Our tour of the east coast of Australia
visits the Brisbane, Cairns, and Sydney area’s as well as Tasmania taking in
the Great Barrier Reef, the Lamington National Park, the Atherton
Tablelands, the Blue Mountains and Bruny Island among other sites and also
includes a pelagic for seabirds.
Among the many birds that we’ll hope to
see will be numerous endemic species such as Cassowary, Emu, Blue winged
Kookaburra, Superb and Albert’s Lyrebirds, Bowerbirds, Riflebirds, Fairy
Wrens and Honeyeaters. We usually record around 280 - 300 species on this
tour and with around 45% of the species found in Australia being endemic
that’s a good number of new birds for a visitor.
As well as the endemics
there’ll also be shorebirds and seabirds that’ll include a species or two of
It’s not just birds in this amazing country and hopefully
we’ll see Platypus, Echidna and various kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons
along with the odd cetacean while on the pelagic trip. Koala is now
extremely difficult to see and if we’re very lucky we’ll bump into one on
4 places left on this tour
Costa Rica October 29th – November 12th
day tour to Costa Rica visits the Caribbean Lowlands, the Braulio Carrilo
NP, the Talamanca cloud forest, the Carara NP, the Tarcoles river and
mangroves, the Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste mountain range staying at
La Selva, the Savegre Mountain Hotel, Cerro Lodge, the Arenal Observatory
Lodge, the Heliconias Lodge, the Buena Vista hotel and in San Jose.
usually record c380 species of birds on this fabulous adventure and these
will hopefully include Resplendent Quetzal, King Vulture, Spectacled Owl,
Black and White Owl, Scarlet Macaw, numerous different Hummingbirds and
Tanagers, Bare throated Tiger Heron and much more.
There’ll be mammals
and other wildlife too including some primates and Sloth.
Wader Identification Weekend November 17th – 18th
chance to join one of our popular Fylde Coast based shorebird identification
weekends where we’ll show you how to confidently identify those sometimes
tricky winter waders in their dull non breeding plumages. We’ll look at
structure, behaviour, habitat and plumage to help you separate Sanderling,
Knot and Dunlin, Bar tailed and Black tailed Godwits, Redshank, Spotted
Redshank and Greenshank, Common and Green Sandpiper, Snipe and Jack Snipe
and Plovers too.
The Gambia November 17th – December 2nd
This 2 week tour to the bird filled Gambia in north west
Africa will yield around 260 species that should include Egyptian Plover,
Violet Turaco, Martial Eagle, Swallow tailed Bee Eater, a number of
kingfishers, Gabar Goshawk, Verraux’s Eagle Owl and Hamerkop along with
sunbirds, glossy starlings, rollers, bee eaters and much more.
We will be
based near to Banjul for 10 nights and will also spend nights in Tendaba and
Mediterranean France Winter Wallcreeper November
19th – 22nd
A 4 day / 3 night visit to the south of France
where targets will be wintering species to include Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl,
Little Bustard, Southern Grey Shrike, Citril Finch, Alpine Accentor, Crag
Martin, Blue Rock Thrush, Slender billed Gull, Rock Bunting, Short toed
Treecreeper, Bonelli’s Eagle, Crested Tit, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford
Warbler, Black Kite, Red Kite, Common Crane and White Stork with a chance of
Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Penduline Tit, Snow Finch, Moustached Warbler and
Spotted Eagle too.
We had numerous fantastic views of Wallcreeper on our
February 2018 tour.
North West Bird Fair Martin Mere WWT
November 24th – 25th
We’ll have our usual stand at the
annual NWBF at Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust centre where you can ask about any
of our future tours.
Mull, Islay & Ireland ( North & South )
November 26th – December 9th
This tour visits Mull for
Golden and White tailed Eagles, Great northern Divers, Hen Harriers and
Otters and Islay for huge flocks of Barnacle and Greenland White fronted
Geese as well as Chough, Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Twite, seaduck,
divers and harriers and there is also the likelihood of a rarer goose or two
with Richardson’s Cackling, Todd’s Canada, Red breasted and Snow Geese all
being seen on our recent visits.
We then cross the sea by ferry to
Northern Ireland where there’s usually a sprinkling of unusual and Nearctic
species of wintering ducks. We also visit the Giant’s Causeway.
Republic of Ireland there’ll be more wintering wildfowl and seaduck too. On
recent visits we’ve found drake King Eider and Surf Scoters in the seaduck
flocks. We’ll also find Great northern, Black throated and Red throated
Divers, rare gulls such as Ring billed, Glaucous and Iceland Gulls and with
luck the regular wintering Forster’s Tern from the US. There’ll also be good
numbers of wintering geese that usually have unusual species with them.
Mediterranean France Winter Wallcreeper 2 December 14th – 17th
See our November 19th – 22nd tour above for all details
Thailand January 7th – 23rd
A return to
Thailand where we start our tour just to the south of Bangkok before
meandering through central Thailand and into the northern part of the
country as far as the Myanmar border.
We can expect in the region of 350
species of birds on this tour as well as a number of mammals that included
amazing views of Asian Elephant on our 2018 visit.
Our target species
will include Spoon billed Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher, Nordmann’s Greenshank,
Himalayan Cutia, Siberian Rubythroat, Green Bee Eater, Chestnut headed Bee
Eater, Blue Pitta, Mrs Hume’s Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Pied Harrier,
Mountain Hawk Eagle, Malaysian Plover, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Crested
Treeswift, Large tailed Nightjar, Indian Roller, Great Hornbill, Tickell’s
Brown Hornbill, Black capped Kingfisher, Orange breasted Trogon, Red headed
Trogon, Golden throated Barbet, Moustached Barbet, Laced Woodpecker, Black
and Yellow Broadbill, Black and Red Broadbill, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Blue
naped Pitta and much, much more.
Arizona & New Mexico January
7th – 21st
This tour is in preparation. Full details available
SE Spain – Iberian Lynx & Birds January 23rd –
This tour is primarily designed to see one of the
rarest mammals in the world – the Iberian Lynx although we’ll also spend a
great deal of our time birding.
The Andujar NP along with the Donana are
the best places in Spain to see Iberian Lynx and our local guides have a
very high success rate in locating these rare and elusive cats.
avian interest will also be provided by White headed Duck, Spanish Imperial
Eagle, Greater Flamingo, Audouin’s Gull, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture,
Iberian Grey Shrike, Crag Martin, Azure winged Magpie ( also known as
Iberian Magpie ), Iberian Green Woodpecker, Thekla Lark, Woodlark, Blue Rock
Thrush, Booted Eagle, Golden Eagle and more.
February 2nd – 12th
Vancouver Island in British Columbia,
Western Canada has a relatively mild winter which makes it an ideal
wintering area for a large range of fabulous birds as well as cetaceans and
other mammals such as Sea Otter and Sea Lions. On a previous tour we also
had a huge bull Elephant Seal.
Our avian possibilities include Varied
Thrush, Steller’s Jay, Rough legged Hawk, Snow Goose, Surfbird, Surf Scoter,
Marbled Murrelet, Yellow billed Loon, Black Turnstone, Rock Sandpiper,
Rhinoceros Auklet, Golden crowned Sparrow, Western Grebe, Fox Sparrow,
Cackling Goose, Glaucous winged Gull, Red breasted Sapsucker, Chestnut
backed Chickadee and American Dipper.
It’s also a great time of the year
for wintering Snowy Owl. Humpback Whales are likely and Orca is possible too
( spring / summer better for Orca )
Sites that we’ll visit will probably
include the George C Reifel Migratory Bird Centre, Boundary Bay, Beacon Hill
Park, Clover Point, the Nanaimo Estuary, Buttertubs Marsh, Neck Point Park,
Martindale and Stanley Park in Vancouver city.
Weekend Med France Feb 15th – 18th
See our November 19th – 22nd
tour above for all details
Australia Top End Feb 20th – March
This tour is in preparation. Details available April 2018.
Morocco - Deserts, Mountains and Coast March 9th – 21st
A bird packed tour to North Africa will yield some great birds that
should include Northern Bald Ibis, Lanner, Crowned Sandgrouse, Black bellied
Sandgrouse, Cream coloured Courser, Mahgreb Wheatear, White crowned Black
Wheatear, Dupont’s Lark, Red rumped Wheatear, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Trumpeter
Finch, Bar tailed Lark, Desert Grey Shrike, Western Desert Sparrow, Spotted
Sandgrouse, Western Desert Warbler, Pharoah Eagle Owl, Blue cheeked Bee
Eater, Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Moussier’s Redstart, Tristram’s Warbler,
Blue eyed Magpie, Crimson winged Finch, Fulvous Babbler, Seebohm’s Wheatear,
Houbara Bustard, Black crowned Tchagra and Egyptian Nightjar.
numerous sites such as the Sous Estuary, Oukaimedan. The Tamri Estuary, the
Ourika Valley, the Tagdilt track, the Barrage Al Mansour, the Zeida Plain,
Rissani and Merzouga.
Extremadura April 10th – 17th
A return to central Spain for a weeks superb birding in one of
Europe’s premier wildlife watching areas
Among the bird packed sites that
we’ll visit are the Monfrague NP, Santa Marta de Magasca, Cacares and the
Our long list of great target species will include Great
Bustard, Little Bustard, Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Thekla Lark, Black bellied
Sandgrouse, Azure winged Magpie, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Scops Owl, Spotless
Starling, Lesser Kestrel, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture,
Rock Bunting, Roller, Rock Sparrow, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Western
Orphean Warbler, Bonelli’s Eagle, Quail, Booted Eagle, Short toed Eagle,
Golden Oriole, Bee Eater, Iberian Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Great
spotted Cuckoo, Alpine Swift and Red Avadat.
This tour runs in the week up to Easter so we need
early bookings to secure accommodation in Trujillo.
Arizona & California April 20th – May 3rd
A great 2 week
tour where we visit SE Arizona and also spend some time in Southern
We’ll seek out a range of classic desert species along with a
range of species that are found more readily in Mexico and that are rarely
found elsewhere in the US.
We fly into Phoenix and head west into
California where we’ll spend a few days birding at sites such as the Joshua
Tree NP and the Anza Borrego Desert SP.
In Arizona we visits sites such
as the Sanora Desert, Kino Springs, the Saguero NP, Madera Canyon, the
Buenes Aries Wildlife Complex, Patagonia, Garden, Sawmill and Scheelite
Canyons and Portal.
Amongst our numerous target species will be Scott’s
Oriole, Greater Roadrunner, Lucy’s Warbler, Ladder backed Woodpecker,
Gambel’s Quail, Clark’s Grebe, Gila Woodpecker, Crissal Thrasher, California
Thrasher, Abert’s Towhee, Blue Grosbeak, Costa’s Hummingbird, Black tailed
Gnatcatcher, Black throated Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, Gilded Flicker, Curve
billed Thrasher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Broad billed Hummingbird, Bridled
Titmouse, Montezuma Quail, Spotted Owl, Painted Redstart, Verdin, Red faced
Warbler, Yellow eyed Junco, Zone tailed Hawk, Blue throated Hummingbird,
Magnificent Hummingbird, Rufous crowned Sparrow and Phainopepla.
New York Warbler Migration May 3rd – 6th
weekend in New York where our time will be spent in and around Central Park
enjoying the spring migration of warblers and other migrants.
is ideal to be taken as an addition to our Arizona and California or Ohio
and Michigan tours which precede and follow this weekend. It can of course
be taken on it’s own.
The cost will be adjusted ( to take into
account any savings made on flights ) if the weekend is taken with either
our Arizona tour which precedes the weekend or with our Ohio tour which
follows the tour.
Ohio and Michigan May 6th – 18th
We spend 8 days in Ohio and 3 days near Tawas in Michigan at a time
when the spring warbler migration is at it’s peak. We can hope for around 30
different species of American wood warbler on this fabulous trip plus many
other great birds such as Bald Eagle, Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Brewer’s
Blackbird, Yellow headed Blackbird, Trumpeter Swan, American Woodcock, Hairy
Woodpecker and Eastern Screech Owl plus much more but the highlight is bound
to be the numerous dazzling plumaged warblers that show down to a few feet
at Magee Marsh.
Amongst the warblers we’d hope for Prothonotary, Cape
May, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Bay breasted, Black throated Blue, Chestnut
sided, Golden winged, Canada, Wilson’s, Yellow and Blackpoll amongst others
at Magee Marsh and the rare and very localised Kirtland’s Warbler in
We even had amazing views of a Snowy Owl and one of our recent
Alaska USA with 3 day Iceland extension May 22nd –
This tour is in preparation. Full details available
Yellowstone & Grand Tetons NP’s June 10th – 25th
This tour is in preparation. Full details available April 2018
California and Monterey Bay September
This tour is in
preparation. Full details available April 2018