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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 TOURS

 

Speyside, Scotland May 8th  – 14th 

 

This 7 day visit to Speyside will target species such as Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Crested Tit, Slavonian Grebe, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Ptarmigan, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Ring Ouzel, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Common Crossbill, Scottish Crossbill and Parrot Crossbill among others. We’ll also hope to see Pine Marten, Badger and Red Squirrel too.

 

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Mull, Coll, Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Speyside May 17th  – June 2nd 

 

This 17 day tour to the Sottish Islands takes in visits to the Outer Hebrides where we visit Mull, Barra, Benbecula, the Uists, Harris, Lewis and St Kilda before sailing to Orkney before ending the tour in Speyside. There’ll be some of the UK’s best wildlife to see that’ll hopefully include up to 4 species of skua, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Corncrake, Red-necked Phalarope, breeding plumaged Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver, numerous seabirds and mammals such as Bottle-nosed Dolphin, Otter, Pine Marten, Badger and Red Squirrel as well as the rare Chequered Skipper butterfly.

 

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Norfolk and Suffolk, Birds & Butterflies June 4th  – 8th 

 

This 5 day tour to East Anglia will target birds and butterflies to include Nightjar, Nightingale, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Common Crane, Turtle Dove, Garganey, Dartford Warbler and Spoonbill among many others. Among the sites that we visit will be Minsmere, Dunwich, Kelling and Westleton Heaths, Sandringham, Lakenheath and Stumpshaw Fen. Our main butterfly target on this tour will be Swallowtail but there’ll be other good species too. We have 2 nights in Norfolk and 2 nights in Suffolk on this tour.

 

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Chequered Skipper and Mull June 10th – 12th 

 

A 3 day tour to western Scotland where we visit Mull for Golden and White tailed Eagles, Short eared Owl, Hen Harrier and Black Guillemot among other bird species and Otters and mainland sites for Chequered Skipper butterfly.

 

Honey Buzzards and Goshawks June 14th – 15th 

 

This 2 day visit to Yorkshire will specifically target Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Turtle Dove and Common Crossbill but there’ll also be many other species to enjoy such as Black necked Grebe, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Little ringed Plover, Kingfisher, farmland species and seabirds on the coast.  

 

 

The Northumberland Coast June 17th – 20th 

 

A 4 day visit to the fabulous Northumberland coast where we visit the Farne Islands, Coquet Island and Holy Island as well as Hadrian’s Wall and the Housesteads roman fort and Berwick on Tweed where we’ll be based. There’ll be seabirds galore with 5 species of terns that’ll include Roseate and Little, point-blank range Puffins, Razorbills Guillemots, Fulmars and Shags all giving exceptional photographic opportunities and farmland species too.

 

Birds and Butterflies of Glos,Wilts and Kent June 22nd – 25th  

 

This 4 day tour targets butterflies to include Large Blue, Black Hairstreak, Small Blue, White Admiral, Heath Fritillary and Silver washed Fritillary with a chance of a late Adonis Blue or an early Purple Emperor. Birds we could see will include Nightjar, Hobby, Dartford Warbler, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Nightingale, Woodlark, Firecrest and Stone Curlew among others with a chance of Montagu’s Harrier too.

 

 

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Birds and Butterflies of Glos and Dorset and Scilly Pelagics July 27th – August 4th 

 

This 9 day / 8 night tour has 2 nights in Dorset, 2 nights in Penzance, a night near Oxford and 3 nights on Scilly. We visit numerous great butterfly sites and can hope to see Essex Skipper, Silver spotted Skipper, Lulworth Skipper, Brown Hairstreak, Chalkhill Blue, White Admiral and Silver washed Fritillary along with White Letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus and perhaps a late Purple Emperor. Birds in Dorset should include Dartford Warbler, Nightar and Woodlark among many others. On the Isles of Scilly we take 2 ‘pelagics’ ( Saturday & Sunday ) where our target species will include Great, Cory’s and perhaps Balearic Shearwaters, Wilson’s and Eurasian Storm Petrels, 4 species of Skua and Sabines Gull. In 2020 the UK’s first ever Zino’s Petrel was seen from one of these pelagics. Other wildlife regularly seen includes Blue Shark, Sunfish, Bluefin Tuna and Common Dolphin with Humpback Whale also recorded now and then.

 

Seabirds of Scilly and Cornish Migrants August 26th – September 1st 

 

Our second tour of the summer that visits the Isles of Scilly. This 7 day / 6 night tour has 3 nights in Penzance and 3 nights on the Isles of Scilly and includes 2 all day ‘pelagic’ boat trips. The pelagic trips should yield an impressive array of seabirds that could include Wilson’s and Eurasian Storm Petrels, Great, Cory’s, Sooty, Manx and perhaps Balearic Shearwaters, Long tailed, Pomarine, Great and Arctic Skuas, Sabines Gull, Grey Phalarope and more with Bluefin Tuna, Sunfish and Blue Shark also on the cards too. Our time on the mainland will be spent searching for migrants in and around the Cornish migrant hotspots.

 

 

East Yorkshire – Early Autumn Migration September 3rd – 7th 

 

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.

 

 

 

California USA – Monterey Bay and The Grand Canyon September 8th – 20th  

 

This 13 day tour is primarily centred in California and along the Monterey Bay coast but also visits Nevada and Arizona taking in fabulous sites such as the Yosemite NP, the Grand Canyon, Santa Cruz Island, Death Valley and Morro Bay. Among the wildlife we can hope to see will be birds such as Heerman’s Gull, Black-vented Shearwater, Surfbird, Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed Shearwater, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Western Grebe, Phainopepla, Black-headed Grosbeak, the endemic Santa Cruz Island Scrub Jay, California Condor, Yellow-billed Magpie, Greater Roadrunner and Acorn Woodpecker. There’s also an impressive list of possible mammals that includes Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, Dall’s Porpoise, Risso’s Dolphin, Elephant Seal, California Sealion and Sea Otter

 

 

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, much more.

 

Isles of Scilly October 8th – 16th 

 

A great 9 day / 8 night tour to the magical Isles of Scilly c27 miles off the western tip of Cornwall with 6 nights on the islands in Hugh Town on St Mary’s and a night 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, Common Rosefinch, Yellow browed Warbler, Jack Snipe, American Golden Plover, Spoonbill and Richard’s Pipit are seen on almost every autumn tour to Scilly.

 

 

Hungary – Autumn Crane Spectacular October 18th – 25th 

 

There’ll be numerous fabulous species on this tour that could include Great Bustard, Saker, Long-legged Buzzard, White-backed, Syrian, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Pygmy Cormorant, Ural Owl and more but the main spectacle will be huge flocks of thousands of Common Cranes coming into roost each evening. We’ve even seen a Wallcreeper on a previous tour. We’ll spend time in the Zemplen Hills and in the fabulous Hortobagy National Park on this tour.

 

 

Norfolk and Suffolk October 18th – 24th 

 

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.

 

 

Costa Rica October 29th – November 13th 

 

Bird and wildlife packed Costa Rica is one of the worlds premier birding destinations and it’s all packed in to a small country roughly the size of Wales. We usually tally around 380 different species on this tour and on past tours these have included Resplendent Quetzal, Spectacled Owl, Black and White Owl, numerous different hummingbirds, numerous different Tanagers, Toucans, Antbirds, King Vulture, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Flycatchers galore, Parrots, Herons, Kingfishers and Manakins and lots, lots more. A large percentage of the species found here are endemics and see a good percentage of these birds. There’ll be some mammals too and we usually see Sloths on this tour.

 

Taiwan October 31st – November 10th 

 

A superb 11 day wildlife tour to Taiwan where we visit many excellent bird packed sites that’ll include Wulai, the Hualien & Taroko NP, the Mt Hehuan route, Aowanda, Alishan, Kwanghua, Augu, Qigu and Dasyueshan Forest. Among the many species of birds that we’ll look for are Taiwan Whistling Thrush, Taiwan Scimitar Babbler, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Black-browed Barbet, Formosan Magpie, Styan’s Bulbul, Taiwan Whistling Thrush, White-whiskered Laughingthrush, Flamecrest, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Taiwan Bamboo Partridge, Taiwan Barbet, Taiwan Cupwing ( Wren-Babbler ), Mikado Pheasant, Swinhoe’s Pheasant and Black-faced Spoonbill.

 

Islay and Mull November 12th – 19th 

 

A week spent on the west Scotland islands of Islay and Mull where we’ll see 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 be the huge spectacular flocks of Barnacle Geese along with large numbers of Greenland White fronted Geese too, along with both Pale bellied and Dark bellied Brent Geese. There’s always a chance of a rarer goose here and over the years we’ve seen Snow, Ross’s, Red breasted and vagrant Canada Goose species too. Other wildfowl will flocks of Scaup, Long tailed Duck and Scoters and there’ll be divers too. Among the waders we’ll find Purple Sandpipers and there’ll also be Chough, Twite and perhaps Snow Buntings as well.

 

Bhutan November 23rd – December 13th  

 

This fabulous 21 day tour to Bhutan will in excess of 320 species of birds and c15 species of mammal including the rare Golden Langur. Among the birds that we hope to find will be both Greater and Lesser Adjutant, Dark-rumped Swift, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Beautiful Nuthatch, Asian Fairy Bluebird, various Laughingthrushes, Black faced Warbler, Himalayan Thrush, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Wallcreeper, Ibisbill, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Ward’s Trogon, Pygmy Cupwing, Himalayan Cutia, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Bluetail, Himalayan Monal, Crested Bunting, Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch, Golden-throated Barbet, Blue-bearded Bee Eater, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Black-necked Crane, River Lapwing, White bellied Heron and much, much more. 

 

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

2022 TOURS

 

Firth of Forth and 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.

 

 

Northern India – Kutch, Sattal, Pangot and Corbett NP January 1st – 26th 

 

A fabulous wildlife packed tour to Northern India with the target bird species including Crab Plover, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Grey Hypocolius, Sociable Plover, Red naped Ibis, Macqueen’s Bustard, Pallid Scops Owl, Painted Stork, White tailed Lapwing, Asian Openbill, Sarus Crane, Oriental Pratincole, Small Pratincole, Baikal Teal, Pied Harrier, Himalayan Rubythroat, Collared Owlet, Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant and Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Great Indian Bustard among many others. The list of mammals we’ll hope to find is impressive too with Tiger, Asian Elephant, Asiatic Wild Ass, Jungle Cat, Desert Cat and Desert Fox among the possibilities.

 

6 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

Thailand January 29th – February 12th 

 

Two 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.Warbler, 

 

6 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

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 – 23th 

 

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.

 

5 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR

 

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.

 

Gloucestershire – Forest of Dean and 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 14th – 20th  

 

 

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 which may include Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Redstart. There’ll be mammals too that will hopefully include Pine Marten, Badger, Bottle nosed Dolphin and Red Squirrel.  

 

Colorado and 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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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