Birdwatching Holidays

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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.

The wild West Country – £305

February 17, 2020 – February 20, 2020

This productive trip has been so popular that I ran it twice in 2012, and again in 2013 and 2017, seeing around 86 species on each occasion, including fabulous views of Bittern, Water Rail, Bewick’s Swan, Spotted Redshank, Barn and Short-eared Owls, plus a flock of Cranes, an Otter and rarities such as Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Lesser Scaup and Long-tailed Duck. Then of course, there are also the spectacular Starling murmurations to marvel at as huge numbers come in to roost.

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From The Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls – £5995

March 3, 2020 – March 20, 2020

The Okavango Delta transforms a vast swathe of the Kalahari Desert into a wild wilderness home for one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa, including the ‘Big Five’; Elephant, Rhino (Black and White), Buffalo, Lion and Leopard, while other exciting mammals include Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyenas, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, Hippo, Chacma Baboon, and Lechwe, Topi, Kudu and Sable Antelopes, as well as one of Africa’s  densest populations of the iconic Wild Dog. The delta is also home to over 500 species of birds, including the dazzlingly colourful and exotic Blue-cheeked and Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Lilac-breasted Roller, Malachite Kingfisher, African Pygmy Goose, African Green Pigeon, Bateleur and Martial Eagles, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled and Saddle-billed Storks and the bizarre African Skimmer.

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Discover the wild sides of Kent & Sussex – £495

April 5, 2020 – April 9, 2020

This is a great time to visit the bird rich counties of Kent and Sussex, as spring migrants such as Little Tern, 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.

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Beautiful Bulgaria ~ Woodpeckers, Owls & a whole lot more! – £1595

April 20, 2020 – April 29, 2020

With the help of an experienced local guide from Neophron Tours, many rarities are relatively easy to find in this remote corner of Europe, and this exciting tour offers the possibility to see a remarkable selection of birds including Ferruginous Duck, Golden, Lesser Spotted and Short-toed Eagles, Long-legged Buzzard, Rock Partridge, Hazel Grouse, Calandra Lark, Crested and Sombre Tits, Isabelline Wheatear, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Alpine Chough, Nutcracker, Spanish Sparrow, Hawfinch, Rock and Cirl Buntings, up to six different Owls and all ten European Woodpeckers! According to “Bulgaria is also the best place in the world for seeing Wallcreeper”! So, prepare for an outstanding trip list.

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Corsica ~ The ‘Isle of Beauty’ – £1475

May 3, 2020 – May 10, 2020

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 – £1050

May 18, 2020 – May 24, 2020

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 fifth trip there in the last ten 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 this, we can also expect to see Red Deer, Common and Grey Seals and hopefully Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Otter.

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Highlights of the Highlands & Orkney – £1395

June 6, 2020 – June 13, 2020

The ancient Caledonian pine forests offer specialities such as Red Squirrel, Goldeneye, Osprey, Crested Tit, Siskin, Common, Scottish and Parrot Crosbills and the magnificent Capercaillie! The rivers have Otter, Goosander, Common Sandpiper and Dipper, while the moorland has Red Deer plus Red and Black Grouse. Black-throated Diver and the rare Slavonian Grebe breed on nearby lochs, while the mountains offer Mountain Hare, Golden Eagle and Ring Ouzel. We also visit Orkney, where the spectacular sea cliffs and lonely moors are home to a profusion of bird life including huge seabird colonies and breeding densities of Red-throated Diver, Pintail, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl and wild Rock Dove which are unmatched in mainland Britain!

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Awesome Iceland ~ Birds, Whales & Landscapes – £2475

June 21, 2020 – June 29, 2020

The sheer volume of birds here is staggering, with an estimated six million Puffins alone, and nowhere else can you see Great Northern Diver, Barrow’s Goldeneye and the stunning Harlequin Duck breeding outside North America, except for this European outpost, and if we are really lucky we may even relocate the pair of Snowy Owls we found last year! Yet there is even more to this unique country; glaciers, an uninhabited stony desert interior, volcanoes, lava fields, countless waterfalls, a geysir which blows its top every few minutes, steaming fumaroles, bubbling hot springs, boiling mud pots, spectacular cliffs jam packed with seabirds, various whales offshore and the Blue Lagoon, “the coolest hot spot in the world”!

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Spitsbergen Cruise ~ A Polar Bear Quest – £5965 / £4950

July 4, 2020 – July 15, 2020

Spitsbergen means ‘pointed mountains’, and is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, which straddles the 80th parallel, just 600 miles from the North Pole. This is a remote and wild wonderland of rugged snow-clad peaks, dramatic fiords sculpted by mighty glaciers, and tundra, which in the perpetual daylight of midsummer, is carpeted with wild flowers. The highly specialised wildlife offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences. With almost a quarter of the world’s Polar Bears living here, you have the very real chance of encountering this ‘king of the Arctic’ as well as other high Arctic specialities like Minke and Blue Whales, Walrus, Bearded and Ringed Seals, Arctic Fox, King Eider, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Sabine’s and Ivory Gulls, Grey Phalarope in resplendent red breeding plumage and some spectacularly huge seabird colonies, with Little Auks alone numbering around 15 million!

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A Snow Leopard Quest in the ‘Wild Heart’ of Asia – £5815

August 2, 2020 – August 13, 2020

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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Scilly Excitement – £1190

October 3, 2020 – October 9, 2020

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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Discover the highlights of Ethiopia – £4995

November 19, 2020 – December 5, 2020

Ethiopia is a land of superlatives with many unique attributes. The central highlands, rising to over 15000 feet, dissected by the Great Rift Valley, and surrounded by semi-desert steppes, have a spectacular wild scenery which is unparalleled in Africa, and the remarkable altitudinal range has created an equally unrivalled ecological diversity within Africa, from desert to tropical forest and Afromontane moorland, with statuesque Giant Lobelias and the highest road in Africa! The topographical isolation of these habitats has resulted in the evolution of 31 endemic mammals including the Walia Ibex, the Ethiopian Wolf and the spectacular thickly-furred Gelada Baboon. Amongst over 900 birds on the Ethiopian list are 34 regional endemics, such as Harwood’s Francolin, Yellow-fronted Parrot, Red-billed Pytilia and the exotic Ruspoli’s Turaco. The ‘jewel in the crown’ of these wild riches is the Bale Mountains. At over 9000 feet, these ‘islands in the sky’ are home to 14 endemic birds including Blue-winged Goose, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Abyssinian Longclaw, Abyssinian Catbird and Black-headed Siskin, earning the accolade of number 21 in the top 100 birding sites of the world!

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