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October 2017 - June 2018

East Yorkshire Coast September 30th - October 1st

A weekend in East Yorkshire visiting migration hotspots that may include Spurn, Flamborough, Bempton Cliffs and Hornsea Mere. It’s a great time for scarce and rare birds and if the weather conditions are kind to us we can expect a good range of migrants with last years highlights including Siberian Accentor and Pallid Harrier.

Our weekend cost of £160pp includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all transport by road from the Fylde Coast with pick ups en route and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bookings. Single supplement £15.
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Norfolk & Suffolk Autumn Migration October 8th - 14th

7 days / 6 nights in East Anglia at an excellent time for migrating birds. There’s bound to be a number of scarce and rare species to be enjoyed along with wildfowl and waders arriving for the winter as well as staple East Anglian species such as Common Crane, Marsh Harrier, Dartford Warbler, Bittern, Avocet, Woodlark and more.
We spend 4 nights in Norfolk near to Kings Lynn and 2 nights in Suffolk in Lowestoft.
We’ll visit numerous sites that’ll probably include Minsmere RSPB, Titchwell RSPB, Cley NNT, Frampton Marsh RSPB, Kelling Heath, Dunwich Heath and Horsey Mere.

Our tour cost of £795pp includes 6 nights accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport from the Fylde Coast with pick ups en route and the guiding services of the tour leader.
Single room supplement £75 .
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Australia - The East Coast & Tasmania October 30th - November 16th

A return ‘down under’ where our 18 day adventure visits the Brisbane, Cairns and Sydney areas as well as Tasmania. We’ll spend a day at the Great Barrier Reef, a day at sea on a pelagic trip and will also have a boat trip on the Daintree River.
There’ll be a long list of birds to see on this great tour along with a number of Australia’s unique mammals. Amongst the birds there’ll be numerous different Honeyeaters, Bowerbirds, Frogmouths, wildfowl, waders, Riflebirds, Monarchs and much more.
The mammals we hope will include Platypus, Echidna, various Kangaroos and Koala.
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North West Bird Fair at Martin Mere WWT November 18th & 19th

We’ll be at the annual NWBF at Martin Mere WWT in Lancashire where you can ask about or book on any of our forthcoming birding holidays.

The Gambia November 18th - December 3rd

A great 2 week visit to the small, bird packed north west African country of Gambia.
We can expect in excess of 300 species on this excellent tour and last year these included Hammerkop, Martial Eagle, Egyptian Plover, Senegal Parrot, Rthed bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Pearl spotted Owlet, Rufous crowned Roller, Verraux’s Eagle Owl, Veillot’s Barbet, White crested Helmet Shrike, both Violet and Green Turaco’s, Greater Painted Snipe and African Finfoot amongst many more great birds such as 8 species of Kingfishers, 7 species of Bee Eaters, 4 species of Roller and 4 species of Hornbill.
Non avian highlights included Hippopotamus, Crocodile, African Clawless Otter, Patas Monkey, Red Colobus Monkey and Green Vervet Monkey.

Islay & Mull
November 27th - December 3rd

A week long trip to the islands of Mull and Islay in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland where a host of great wintering species will be in residence. We’ll also spend time and will overnight in Dumfries and Galloway on the way home.
On Mull we can expect Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Great northern Diver, Red throated Diver, Long tailed Duck, Hen Harrier, Short eared Owl and Otter while on Islay there’ll be thousands of geese that’ll include Greenland White fronted, Barnacle, Pale bellied Brent, Dark bellied Brent, Greylag and Pink footed with a chance of a rarity such as a Snow Goose or a vagrant Canada Goose. There’ll also be Chough, Twite, Snow Bunting, Scaup, Long tailed Duck, Scoters, Purple Sandpipers, Hen Harrier, Merlin and a selection of waders with the likelihood of the odd white winged gull.

Our tour cost of £1,095pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport by road, all sea crossings and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single supplement £l00.
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Speyside, Scotland December 5th - 8th

On this day 4 day / 3 night trip to the Speyside area of Scotland we’ll target the areas speciality winter birds such as Ptarmigan, Snow Bunting, Crested Tit, Golden Eagle, Black Grouse and hopefully Capercaillie along with Red throated and Great northern Divers, Surf , Velvet and Common Scoters, Long tailed Duck, King Eider and White billed Diver all possible.

Our tour cost of £395pp includes 3 nights accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all return transport by road from the Fylde Coast and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bookings. Single room supplement £45.
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Wallcreeper Long Weekend December 9th - 12th

A 4 day / 3 night visit to Mediterranean France will yield a great selection of birds with the rare and enigmatic Wallcreeper being one of the many highlights. Other species that we’ll hope to find will be Citril Finch, Greater Flamingo, Blue Rock Thrush, Woodlark, Slender billed Gull, Little Bustard, Crag Martin, Eagle Owl, Southern Grey Shrike, Common Crane, White Stork, Alpine Accentor, Crested Tit and Bonelli’s Eagle plus many more.

Thailand January 4th - 18th

A two week trip to Thailand in south east Asia where there’ll be a number of fabulous species to enjoy.
One of our main target species on this tour will be Spoon billed Sandpiper. Among the numerous other species that we hope to see are Malaysian Plover, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Siberian Rubythroat, Blue eared Barbet, Silver eared Mesia, Bright headed Cisticola, Sultan Tit, Mrs Hume’s Pheasant, Crested Finchbill, Fire tailed Sunbird, Daurian Redstart, Giant Nuthatch, Chestnut crowned Warbler, White bellied Redstart and Streak breasted Woodpecker.
Among the numerous sites that we visit on this tour are Pak Thale, Leam Pak Bia, Kaeng Kracharn NP, Khao Yai NP, Mea Wong NP, Ang Khang NP, Doi Lang NP and Doi Inthanon NP.
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Uganda January 24th - February 7th

A fabulous wildlife packed African adventure where apart from many different species of birds there’ll be an array of mammals and other wildlife that’ll include Gorilla and Chimpanzee along with Hippopotamus, African Elephant, Lion, Zebra, Buffalo and Impala too.
Amongst the birds we can expect are species such as Pink backed Pelican, Madagascar Bee Eater, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Yellow billed Stork, Black Crake, Malachite Kingfisher, Chestnut bellied Kingfisher, Purple banded Sunbird, Blue cheeked Bee Eater, Crowned Hornbill, Tambourine Dove, Blue headed Coucal, Goliath Heron, Denham’s Bustard, Green breasted Pitta, African Wood Owl, Cardinal Woodpecker, Grey crowned Crane, Secretary Bird, Shoebill Stork, Red throated Bee Eater, Nubian Woodpecker and White winged Warbler along with many more.

Sites that we visit on this tour include Mababa Swamp, Entebbe Botanical Gardens, the Nile River, Murchison Falls NP, the Kibale NP, the Queen Elizabeth NP, the Maramagambo Forest and Lakes Edward, George and Bunyonyi and the Lake Mbubro NP.
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Mediterranean France February 13th - 20th

On this week long visit to the south of France we’ll visit exceptional birding areas that’ll include the world renowned Camargue, sites around the Les Alpilles and also the plains of La Crau. Our target species includes Wallcreeper, Citril Finch, Alpine Accentor, Eagle Owl, Greater Flamingo, Little Bustard, Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Blue Rock Thrush, Moustached Warbler, Slender billed Gull, Penduline Tit, Southern Grey Shrike, Snow Finch, Common Crane, Crag Martin, Purple Gallinule, Red crested Pochard, Crested Tit, Firecrest, Rock Bunting, and Bonelli’s Eagle along with more familiar Bittern, Bearded Tit, Firecrest, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Woodlark, Cattle Egret, Mediterranean Gull, Red Kite, Richard’s Pipit, Glossy Ibis, Kingfisher and Cirl Bunting.
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Western Ireland Coast February 25th - March 4th

A great week on the gorgeous Atlantic cost of western Ireland where we spend 3 nights based in Galway and 4 nights based near to Sligo.
There’s always a number of great birds around in Winter with a range of excellent wintering species along with a sprinkling of scarcities and rarities.
Over the last few visits we’ve seen great birds such as King Eider, Surf Scoter, American Wigeon, White tailed Eagle, Ring necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Forster’s Tern, Ring billed Gull, Smew, Laughing Gull, American Herring Gull, Kumlein’s Gull and numerous Glaucous and Iceland Gulls.
There’ll also be Great northern, Red throated and Black throated Divers, Hooded Crow, Chough, Greenland White fronted Geese, Barnacle Geese, Pale bellied Brent Geese and perhaps scarcer species such as Cackling and Todd’s Canada Geese that we’ve seen our last two visits.

Our tour cost of £1,095pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, ferry crossings from Holyhead to Dublin, all transport by road and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bookings.
Single room supplement £100

North Wales March 6th - 8th

This 3 day / 2 night short break will target lekking Black Grouse, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Chough, Hawfinch, Hen Harrier, Great northern Diver, Red throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Goshawk, Little Egret, Crossbill, Black Guillemot and Pale bellied Brent Goose along with the more usual wildfowl and wader species. There’s sometimes wintering Great Grey Shrike, Snow Bunting and Short eared Owl in the area too.

Our tour cost of £259pp includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 / maximum of 5 bookings.
Single room supplement £20.
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Morocco March 10th - 22nd

Morocco has a number of great species that are not readily found elsewhere in the western palearctic. On our previous tours here we’ve seen many of them and we’ll be hoping to once again enjoy birds such as Moussier’s Redstart, Crowned Sandgrouse, Tristram’s Warbler, Black Wheatear, Lanner, Maghreb Wheatear, Barbary Falcon, White crowned Wheatear, Greater Hoopoe Lark, House Bunting, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Lesser Short toed Lark, Desert Grey Shrike, Saharan Scrub Warbler, Houbara Bustard, Cream coloured Courser, Egyptian Nightjar, Trumpeter Finch, Spotted Sandgrouse, Northern Bald Ibis, Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker and Crimson winged Finch amongst others.
Sites that we visit include the Ourika Valley, Asni, Oukaimeden, the Barrage al Mansour, Rissani, the Tagdilt Track, the Zeida Plain, Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Agadir and Souss Massa
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Florida USA March 10th - 22nd

A return to the Sunshine State will be our 25th visit. A great time to visit Florida with winter visitors still present and the early spring migrants arriving at passing through.
This 3 centre tour will yield in excess of 170 species that should include Bald Eagle, Snail Kite, Belted Kingfisher, Red cockaded Woodpecker, Wood Stork, Florida Scrub Jay, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Painted Bunting, American Bittern, Eastern Bluebird, Crested Caracara, Barred Owl, Reddish Egret, Magnificent Frigatebird, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, American Oystercatcher, Limpkin, Short tailed Hawk, Ruby throated Hummingbird, Scissor tailed Flycatcher and a selection of warblers such as Prairie, Black & White, Yellow throated, Pine, Black throated Green, Yellow rumped, Palm, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart.
Mammals seen on this trip usually include WI Manatee, BN Dolphin, Racoon and River Otter.
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Gloucestershire s & Somerset Levels March 24th - 28th

A 5 day / 4 night visit to the south west of England where we spend time in Gloucestershire and in Somerset. In Gloucstershire we’ll visit the Forest of Dean and the Cotswold Water Park and maybe Slimbridge WWT and in Somerset our time will be spent at the numerous nature reserves around the Somerset Levels.
Among the birds that we’ll hope to find will be Goshawk, Crossbill, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Red crested Pochard, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret, Garganey, Firecrest and Bittern with the possibility of scarcer species such as Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Cattle Egret, Night Heron and Common Crane. All have bred in the area in recent years.
There’ll also be a number of commoner wader and wildfowl species too.

Our tour cost of £495 includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport by road from the Fylde Coast with pick ups en route and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bookings.
Single room supplement £60
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Texas Coast & Lower Rio Grande Valley April 6th - 20th

This popular 2 week tour is timed to coincide with the peak warbler migration along the south Texas coast but is also not too late in the season to see some of the lingering winter visitors. Sites that we visit will include High Island, the Bolivar Peninsula, Anahuac NWR, Bentsen SP, Aransas NWR, Santa Ana NWR, Sabal Palm, Falcon Dam SP and South Padre Island. Amongst the 260+ species that we can expect to see on this great tour there’ll be 25+ species of dazzling plumaged warblers, shorebirds galore, rails, wildfowl, raptors, wildfowl, pelicans, vireos, orioles, flycatchers, tanagers, woodpeckers, gulls and terns, thrashers, owls and hummingbirds. We should also see Whooping Crane - one of the rarest birds in the USA.
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Extremadura, Spain April 11th - 18th

A return to the Extremadura region of Spain, without doubt. one of the best birding regions in Europe. This tour is based in one hotel in Trujillo and will yield an impressive list of great birds that will hopefully include Great spotted Cuckoo, Azure winged Magpie, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Roller, both Black bellied and Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Calandra Lark, Black Wheatear, Thekla Lark, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture and much, much more besides.
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SE Arizona & Southern California
April 20th - May 3rd

A great trip to the bird packed state of Arizona in the US with a few days in Southern California will produce an array of species that are not found anywhere else in the country along with others that are specialists to the habitats found in these two states.
Our impressive list of target species includes Gilded Flicker, Gila Woodpecker, Greater Roadrunner, Mexican Spotted Owl, Elf Owl, Great horned Owl, Whiskered Screech Owl, Burrowing Owl, Zone tailed Hawk, Black Hawk, Gray Hawk, Violet crowned Hummingbird, Elegant Trogon, California Towhee, California Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Western Scrub Jay, Yellow eyed Junco, Phainopepla, Painted Redstart, Abert’s Towhee, Lucy’s Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Red faced Warbler, Olive Warbler, Black throated Grey Warbler, Gambel’s Quail, Montezuma Quail, Oak Titmouse, Acorn Woodpecker, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Arizona Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe and Vermilion Flycatcher to name a few.
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Northern & Western Isles May 5th - 18th

On this 2 week 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 Shetland Isles.
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 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.

Our tour cost of £1,995pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners plus lunches when on Fair Isle, all the numerous sea crossings with overnight cabins between Orkney and Shetland and Shetland and Aberdeen,, return flights from Shetland to Fair Isle, all transport by road and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bookings.
Single supplement £300.

British Columbia May 19th - June 3rd

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.
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Yellowstone NP & The Grand Tetons NP USA June 6th - 19th

A two week visit to Wyoming in the USA where our time will be spent in the Grand Tetons NP and the Yellowstone NP. There’ll be an array of great birds and of course the mammals that the area is renowned for. We’ll also visit the geothermal attractions / geysers on this tour.
Birds that we’ll hope to find will include Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Blue winged Teal, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Cinnamon Teal, Canvasback, Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Common Loon, Red necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Sandhill Crane, Spotted Sandpiper, Long billed Curlew, Wilson’s Phalarope, Great horned Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Great Gray Owl, White throated Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Gray Jay, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Clark’s Nutcracker, Steller’s Jay, Rock Wren, Violet Green Swallow, Townsend’s Solitaire and more.
Possible mammals include Gray Wolf, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Bison, Moose, Elk, Beaver, Coyote, Pronghorn and a number of chipmunks and ground squirrels.
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