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.

Discover Texel ~ A Dutch Hotspot – £995

July 11, 2022 – July 17, 2022

The Dutch coast attracts literally millions of wildfowl and waders and is therefore ranked number 11 in the top thirty birding sites of Europe, and Texel is in the ‘thick of it’. 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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A Snow Leopard quest in the ‘wild heart’ of Asia – £6340

July 30, 2022 – August 11, 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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Norway ~ Northern lights & whales – £2295

January 14, 2023 – January 21, 2023

This fabulous cruise embarks from Tromsø, the ‘Paris of the North’, on 14th January, in time to witness the ‘polar dawn’ on 15th January, when the sun rises at this latitude for the first time since 27th November! During the cruise we can experience the polar twilight between 9am and 2pm, followed by unpolluted dark skies, making northern Norway one of the best places to witness the magical Aurora Borealis. These spectacular ‘Northern Lights’ occur on clear nights as solar winds collide with the earth’s magnetosphere, creating shimmering, glowing bursts of colour ranging from red, through green to blue and violet, according to the altitude at which the solar particles collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. This amazing natural phenomenon should be on everyone’s bucket list and yet there will be plenty more highlights besides. In winter huge shoals of Herring congregate in the sheltered waters of the beautiful Norwegian fjords, attracting large numbers of whales. As well as close encounters with Orcas and Humpbacks which follow the Herrings, we can also hope to see awesome Sperm Whales, between their deep dives in search of Giant Squid. Amid the breathtaking scenery we can also hope to see a few exciting ‘northern’ birds such as White-billed Diver, King Eider, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Ptarmigan, White-tailed Eagle, Gyr Falcon, Purple Sandpiper and Glaucous Gull.

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Discover Taiwan ~ the ‘Beautiful Island’ – £5375

April 15, 2023 – April 28, 2023

When the Portuguese first arrived in Taiwan, they called it Formosa, meaning the beautiful island. The wonderful scenery is thanks to a spine of forested mountains, which cover almost half of the island, and rise to over 13,000 feet! These mountains are carved by deep river valleys and the resulting topography provides a range of habitats which are home to the second highest bird density on earth! Amongst the 500 or more species recorded here are at least 23 endemics with exciting names like Taiwan Hwamei, Styan’s Bulbul, Taiwan Whistling Thrush, Taiwan and Black-necklaced Scimitar Babblers, White-whiskered and Rufous-crowned Laughingthrushes, Collared Bush Robin, Steere’s Liocichla, White-eared Sibia and Taiwan Yuhina, plus the stunning Mikado and Swinhoe’s Pheasants, and the Taiwan Blue Magpie, which is the national bird of this friendly safe country. Located on the Tropic of Cancer, as well as the East Asian flyway, the island enjoys a pleasant climate in April, ranging from warm to cool according to the altitude, and at this exciting time, the exotic resident birds are joined by thousands of birds from the Asian mainland which is just 62 miles away across the Formosa Strait. So, with all this fantastic scenery and birdlife, along with good food, and an interesting culture, Taiwan has a lot to offer.

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Discover the wild sides of Kent & Sussex – £585

May 2, 2023 – May 5, 2023

This is a great time to visit the bird rich counties of Kent and Sussex, as spring migrants such as Garganey, Black and Little Terns, Hobby, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Redstart, Nightingale and Yellow Wagtail will be pouring in across the Channel at migration hotspots like Dungeness and Rye Harbour. Kent alone has five RSPB reserves, and a county list of 424 birds, making it one of Britain’s top birding counties. On top of this, we also visit the famous Knepp Estate in Sussex, home to White Storks which have bred here since 2019 for the first time in Britain in hundreds of years!

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Orkney ~ birds & history – £1825

June 6, 2023 – June 13, 2023

With spectacular sea cliffs, lonely moorland, wildflower meadows and marshes, the birdlife on Orkney is prolific and varied, with half a million seabirds alone! Only Saint Kilda has more populous seabird colonies! Meanwhile, Orkney’s breeding densities of birds like Red-throated Diver, Pintail, Hen Harrier, Curlew, wild Rock Dove and Short-eared Owl are unmatched in mainland Britain! No wonder the RSPB is the single largest landowner in this wonderful archipelago, with twelve reserves!

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Orkney II ~ birds & history – £1825

June 13, 2023 – June 20, 2023

With spectacular sea cliffs, lonely moorland, wildflower meadows and marshes, the birdlife on Orkney is prolific and varied, with half a million seabirds alone! Only Saint Kilda has more populous seabird colonies! Meanwhile, Orkney’s breeding densities of birds like Red-throated Diver, Pintail, Hen Harrier, Curlew, wild Rock Dove and Short-eared Owl are unmatched in mainland Britain! No wonder the RSPB is the single largest landowner in this wonderful archipelago, with twelve reserves!

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Uganda ~ great apes, birds & big game – £6590

June 30, 2023 – July 18, 2023

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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Exciting Scilly! – £1285

October 14, 2023 – October 20, 2023

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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