Wildlife & birdwatching tours

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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.

Northumberland & Durham ~ Coasts & moors – £575

October 4, 2021 – October 8, 2021

After the year we have had, we all deserve a bit of a treat, and where better to enjoy a well earned break than in the luxurious splendour of the very grand four star Hardwick Hall Hotel, an impressive seventeenth century ‘house’ overlooking a lake in 120 acres of marvellous parkland. With a rating of “8.7/10 Fabulous” on Booking.com, this is the ideal base for a short tour of some of northeast England’s top locations for wildlife including Teesmouth National Nature Reserve and the nearby Saltholme RSPB reserve, Druridge Bay on the Northumberland coast and Upper Teesdale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At this exciting time, we can also hope for news of incoming rarities and so one never knows just what might turn up.

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Scilly Excitement – £1135

October 16, 2021 – October 22, 2021

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! Now that takes some doing.

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The wild West Country – £555

November 15, 2021 – November 19, 2021

We can expect a staggering number and variety of birds on this trip, including exciting possibilities like Bittern, Spoonbill, Crane, Cattle Egret, Slavonian Grebe, Water Rail and Kingfisher plus raptors like Barn and Short-eared Owls, Marsh and Hen Harriers and Merlin, and of course, the spectacular Starling murmurations as huge numbers come in to roost in the Avalon Marshes.

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The Camargue & much more – £1075

January 31, 2022 – February 5, 2022

The Camargue is one of Europe’s greatest wetlands, ranked number seven in the top birding sites of Europe, and famous for its herds of white horses, black bulls and lagoons awash with the dazzling pink of Greater Flamingos in their thousands, making a spectacularly memorable show.

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Mexico magnifico ~ Whales, birds & butterflies! – £5325

February 13, 2022 – February 28, 2022

This remarkable adventure offers a unique opportunity to combine intimate encounters with some of nature’s largest and smallest creatures; majestic Monarch Butterflies in their millions and magnificent Grey Whales at arm’s length!
If I had to pick just one trip from the New Horizons schedule, this would be it, without a doubt! Even non-birding partners will love it!

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The Great Florida Birding Trail – £2975

March 13, 2022 – March 25, 2022

A diversity of sub-tropical habitats and proximity to the Caribbean, offering a vital first landfall to millions of spring migrant birds from Central and South America, make the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida the fifth most species rich in the United States and the richest east of the Mississippi River, with a bird list of over 500 species, including restricted local specialities like Roseate Spoonbill, Swallow-tailed and Snail Kites, Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, White-crowned Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mangrove Cuckoo, Grey Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, Shiny Cowbird, the quirky Limpkin and Anhinga, the bizarre Black Skimmer and the endemic Florida Scrub Jay. Florida is also home to seven woodpeckers, including the rare Red-cockaded, eleven different herons and egrets, in a range of sizes from the tiny Least Bittern to the Great Blue Heron, a dazzling variety of colourful warblers and the highest concentration of iconic Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states, while the state bird is the Northern Mockingbird. Besides all these amazingly tame and approachable birds, offering unrivalled photo-opportunities, there is a wealth of other wildlife such as thousands of American Alligators and much rarer American Crocodiles, the secretive Florida Panther and the wonderful West Indian Manatee, which we can actually swim with on this trip! Imagine being face to face with a friendly gentle manatee!

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Southern Portugal – £1175

April 3, 2022 – April 9, 2022

The Algarve and Alentejo regions of southern Portugal are less well known to birders than neighbouring Andalucia or Extremadura and yet the birding is just as good, with a long list of exotic Mediterranean species, especially in spring, when local residents like Great and Little Bustards, Audouin’s Gull, Calandra and Crested Larks, Hoopoe, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian and Spectacled Warblers, Zitting Cisticola, Iberian Grey Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Spotless Starling, Serin and Spanish Sparrow are joined by a wave of migrants, streaming north from Africa, such as Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Lesser Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Caspian Tern, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Pallid and Alpine Swifts, Short-toed Lark, Bee-eater, Roller, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, blue-headed Yellow Wagtail, Black-eared Wheatear, Western Bonelli’s Warbler and Woodchat Shrike. Even Common Waxbill and Black-headed Weaver are possible! Few European venues offer such a wide variety of birds in such a short time.

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Discover Texel ~ A Dutch hotspot – £990

April 25, 2022 – May 1, 2022

Texel is the largest and most southerly of the Frisian island chain, where a variety of habitats located beside the nutrient rich Wadden Sea on the northwest Europe migration route makes it an exceptional ‘hotspot’ for birds, and the ‘home’ of the Dutch Birding Weekend. With over 370 species recorded, of which around 30% are vagrants, 75 species are possible in a day, and our visit at the peak of the migration season, with lingering winter visitors, may well break the 100 barrier by the end of the trip! Dutch birding is very well organized, with a first class system for sharing news of rarities, which helped us on our 2016, 2017 and 2019 trips to find Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Dotterel, Red-rumped Swallow and even Siberian Rubythroat! So, who knows what we might find this time…

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Corsica ~ The ‘Isle of Beauty’ – £1695

May 8, 2022 – May 15, 2022

With spectacular mountains rising to almost 9,000 feet, deep forested valleys and gorges cut by clear water streams, plus pristine Mediterranean scrub known as Maquis and miles of dramatic unspoilt coastline, Corsica is well worth a visit for the landscape alone. But then there are the birds, including Corsica’s very own Nuthatch and Citril Finch.

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Marvellous Mull – £995

June 5, 2022 – June 10, 2022

Mull is indeed a fantastic island, and a paradise for wildlife and nature lovers, and it has been so popular in the past that this will be my tenth trip there in the last fourteen years! The varied habitats provide wonderful wild scenery, including rugged high mountains, moorland, forests, dramatic cliffs and 300 miles of unspoilt coastline. So, if it’s Eagles you want, this is the place to be. In addition to healthy populations of both Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Mull is home to a wide variety of other raptors including Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin and Buzzards galore. On top of all this, we can also expect to see Red Deer, Common and Grey Seals and hopefully Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Otter.

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Uganda ~ Great apes, birds & big game – £5990

June 30, 2022 – July 18, 2022

Uganda is similar in size to Great Britain and yet it is home to over 1000 species of birds, thanks to the great variety of habitats within this fairly small area. Consequently, there are more bird species per square mile here than in any other African country, and we can hope to see around 400 of them on this fantastic tour! Amongst this impressive list will be the awesome Shoebill and the very rare Green-breasted Pitta, as well as many species endemic to the rift valley, formed by the Albert Nile flowing north along the eastern edge of the Congo region. These special birds include gems like Handsome Francolin, Green Broadbill, Regal, Purple-breasted and Blue-headed Sunbirds and the exotic Rwenzori Turaco. As most of these endemics can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, this tropical forest is ranked number 24 in the top 100 birding sites of the world!
As well as all the birds, we can expect to see some exciting mammals on this safari through six of Uganda’s ten national parks, such as Warthog, Giant Forest Hog, Plains Zebra, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Hippo, Defassa Waterbuck, Oribi, Impala, Topi, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Eland, the handsome Uganda Kob, and the ‘big five’; Elephant, White Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Uganda is also regarded as the ‘primate capital of the world’, with thirteen species in Kibale Forest National Park alone, including Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees, and then there are also the magnificent Mountain Gorillas, with around half of the world’s population living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park! If you wish, you have the privilege to enjoy amazing meetings with Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi!

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A Snow Leopard quest in the ‘wild heart’ of Asia – £5945

July 30, 2022 – August 10, 2022

This remarkable tour offers the realistic chance of finding the secretive and almost mythical Snow Leopard, without the need for strenuous high altitude hikes in cold thin air, after sleeping on the floor in a tent! We will be based in clean and comfortable spacious Yurts, equipped with beds and electricity, with access to flush toilets and hot showers, and catered for by a highly professional local crew, driving well maintained modern four wheel drive vehicles. The camp is at an altitude of about 6000 feet, amidst the stunning mountain scenery of the Altai Mountains, near the border with China, where eight out of the previous ten tours have witnessed twenty different sightings of the majestic Snow Leopard!

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Falsterbo ~ Mass migration – £995

September 7, 2022 – September 11, 2022

Ranked number six in the top thirty birding sites in Europe, with over 350 species recorded, Falsterbo should be on everyone’s radar. It has been estimated that around 500 million birds leave Scandinavia every autumn, and most of them pass through Falsterbo, Sweden’s ‘Lands End’, at the southernmost tip of Sweden, before crossing the Öre Sund to Denmark and far beyond. This vast stream of migrants makes the Falsterbo peninsula one of the greatest bird migration watchpoints on Earth! Each autumn, literally thousands of passerines including larks, pipits, wagtails, hirundines, thrushes, warblers, flycatchers, finches and buntings pass through each day, providing an amazing spectacle, and amongst all this action we may find scarcer species such as Wryneck, Red-throated Pipit, Bluethroat, Red-backed Shrike, Icterine Warbler, Nutcracker or Lapland Bunting. Despite this incredible exodus, Falsterbo is particularly famous for raptor migration, as the numbers are staggering, with mixed flocks in the hundreds per day! Virtually every European raptor is regularly recorded here, including rarities such as Spotted and Lesser Spotted Eagles and Pallid Harrier! At the time of our visit Honey Buzzard numbers will be near a peak, with hundreds passing through on a daily basis, making a seasonal tally of around 5000! Meanwhile the shoreline offers plenty of wildfowl and waders, such as Brent and Barnacle Geese, Pintail, Eider, Velvet Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Grey and Golden Plovers, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank and Wood Sandpiper, and a little further afield we can also look out for Whooper Swan, White-tailed Eagle, Red Kite, Goshawk, White Stork, Common Crane, Caspian Tern, Eagle Owl, Black Woodpecker, Marsh Tit and Hawfinch, so prepare for a remarkable birding bonanza. No wonder this will be my sixth group visit since 2015.

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South Georgia grand tour – £9585

October 19, 2022 – November 7, 2022

We sail from Puerto Madryn on the coast of Patagonia to the Falkland Islands and onward to South Georgia for an unsurpassable wilderness and wildlife experience. The Falklands are home to the endemic Falkland Steamer-Duck and Cobb’s Wren, and restricted range specialities like Blackish Cinclodes and Striated Caracara, plus the world’s largest colony of Black-browed Albatross and five breeding species of Penguins; Magellanic, Macaroni, Rockhopper, Gentoo and the mighty King, totalling around one million birds! As well as all these birds, literally within touching distance, we can also see South American Sea Lions and a variety of whales and dolphins. With a 106 mile long spine of snow covered peaks rising to 9625 feet, the stunningly beautiful and rugged island of South Georgia is home to an amazing wealth of wildlife, including two endemic species of bird, the South Georgia Shag and South Georgia Pipit, plus the magnificent Wandering Albatross, with an amazing 11.5 foot wingspan, huge King Penguin rookeries and some of the world’s largest colonies of the awesome Southern Elephant Seal, the world’s largest seal, with staggeringly colossal 20 foot long bulls weighing up to 8,800 pounds! It is said that at the height of the breeding season there is more wildlife per square foot in South Georgia than anywhere else on earth! This natural wealth includes 7 million penguins, 2 million Antarctic Fur Seals, 250,000 albatrosses and half of the world’s Elephant Seals! South Georgia is also the world’s most important breeding site for birds like Grey-headed Albatross (80,000 pairs, representing 50% of the world population), White-chinned Petrel (2 million pairs), Macaroni Penguin (2.7 million pairs), Common Diving-Petrel (3.8 million pairs) and Antarctic Prion (22 million pairs!). No wonder South Georgia is therefore ranked number 34 in the top 100 birding sites of the world! Imagine getting close to all of this and more, while the journey is worth it solely for the spectacle of seeing the titanic bull Elephant Seals duelling on the beaches. With so much to see here, this expedition spends longer than most around the spectacular coasts of South Georgia.

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Ecuador ~ Andes to Amazon – £4990

December 1, 2022 – December 14, 2022

As we travel down the eastern slope of the lofty Andes, through a range of exciting habitats, from the treeless montane Paramo, through lush cloud forest and sub-tropical forest into the towering tropical rainforest of the mighty Amazon basin, we shall encounter an amazing wealth of biodiversity. With over 1600 bird species alone, despite its small size, Ecuador has the world’s fourth longest bird list! A glance through the hefty fieldguide shows just how colourful and exotic these tropical birds can be, but don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself!

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