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Why join an Experience Nature Wildlife Watching holiday?

Our holidays are sourced personally by us! We visit every location ourselves before offering them to you and work directly with local tourism and communities in the countries that we operate. This means we offer responsible travel experiences…responsible to the country, culture, wildlife and of course for our travellers.

Our Ethos and Ethics. We always work in partnership with local experts, offering a wealth of knowledge in their country. Using a local team ensures money is injected back into the community, which in turn promotes protection of the beautiful areas and wildlife we are privileged to be a part of on that journey.

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Jewels of The Gambia

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 03 January to 17 January 2020

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Overview: The Gambia has been a popular Birdwatching destination since the 1970's and is still probably the safest African Country to visit. No wonder our tour leader Ashley has visited close to 20 times, leading two trips a year here since 2011.

As with all our trips, this is run at a relaxed pace, giving ample opportunity to enjoy the wildlife and in particular the many colourful bird species that can be found here. With 9 Kingfishers and 8 Bee-eater species for example, this guarantees to be a real feast for the eyes.

With little effort we can hope to see up to 300 bird species, with the photographers among us expecting to get quality images of a large percentage of these.

Throughout the trip we will have 3 guides and our own driver, making sure individual group members needs are catered for, so photographers for example can spend longer with a single species if they wish.

We spend time near the coast, but also travel inland to experience the real Gambia and it's various habitats and associated wildlife, including Hippo's, Bee-eater colonies, bird rich rice paddies and ancient forests.

Please contact Ashley for a full itinerary and do check out the Gambia gallery through the link below for further temptation.

The price below does not include flights.

1 PLACE NOW AVAILABLE DUE TO A CANCELLATION

Cost: £1995

Deposit: £250

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Burns, Birds & Highland Beasties with Johnsons Coaches

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 23 January to 27 January 2020

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Overview: The Burns Night Gala Dinner at the Grant Arms Hotel is always fun, entertaining, with fabulous food and great service. The piper welcomes in the Haggis (other food available of course), which will be toasted by us all, led by David the hotel manager.

This great night will just be a part of this winter break in the Highlands as we visit various wildlife hotspots within the Cairngorm national park.

Snow isn't guaranteed even in this part of the world, but does add to the atmosphere of the break and we are more likely to encounter some on a trip to Cairngorm Mountain. Snow Buntings should be around the car park here at this time of year and we may even be able to catch a glimpse of Ptarmigan.

A trip to the coast for some birdwatching can be very productive, with Waders, offshore Divers and Long-tailed Duck being targets.

The Price includes -
* Four nights full board accommodation at the wonderful Grant Arms Hotel, within the Cairngorms national park.
* Transport and guiding throughout
* Burns Gala Dinner
* Cairngorm mountain visit looking for Snow Buntings & Ptarmigan
* Visit to Udale Bay RSPB and other coastal sites for wintering birds
* Hunt for Crested Tits and Red Squirrels in Anagach woods and Abernethy forest.
* Evening talk by Ashley

Transportation throughout is provided, start point Henley in Arden, with various other pick up points if required.

Follow the link below for further details. Bookings to be taken directly with Johnsons Coaches only.
JOHNSONS COACHES

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON THIS BREAK

Cost: £589

Deposit: £0

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Devon's Winter Birdlife

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 23 February to 28 February 2020

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Overview: Join us in Devon for a five night, half board birdwatching break based at TLH leisure resort Torquay.

We visit several of Devon's top birdwatching sites to see a variety of birds that take advantage of the warmer winters the county enjoys.
Flocks of waders including Avocets enjoy the food rich marshes and at points along the coast we have the chance of catching up with Cirl Buntings, which breed in this part of the country alone.

This break offers a great combination of quality birdwatching and excellent hotel facilities at an affordable price.

Whats included:
- 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the TLH Victoria Hotel
- Pre dinner drinks reception on the first night to meet your host/tour guide Ashley Grove and fellow bird watchers
- Half day trip of bird watching to Bowling Green Marsh RSPB (Topsham)
- Full day trip of bird watching at Exminster Marshes RSPB & Dawlish Warren
- A talk on ‘How to be a bird watcher’
- Half day trip to Stover Country park
- Evening talk ‘Shetland to Scilly, Birds of The British Isles’
- Transport for all trips is included.
- (Packed lunches not included but can be ordered at TLH Victoria Hotel) 

To book a place, Contact TLH directly on 01803 400500

No Single Supplement on this break!!

FULLY BOOKED

Cost: £315

Deposit: £

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Swedens Crane Migration, Grebes & Great Food

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 8 April to 12 April 2020

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Overview: The Lake Hornborga area of Sweden plays host to one of the most incredible bird spectacles to be seen in Europe. From late March to mid April, thousands of Common Cranes stop here to feed up on their journey to more northerly breeding grounds. The quantity of birds varies from year to year, but we have timed this trip to catch the peak of the birds movement and hope to see between 15 and 30,000 cranes at this time. In 2019 the peak count reached upwards of 27,000 birds, plus of course a wide variety of wildfowl that are present at this time. A highlight of this trip will be the sight and sound of thousands of Cranes coming into the lake at dawn, which really has to be experienced.

Whooper Swans and Goldeneye that stay on to breed in the area are joined by White Fronted & Pink-footed Geese, Wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard and Tufted Duck in large numbers.
Other breeding birds in the area are setting up territory at this time and very evident are the grebes. Great-crested and Little Grebes are present, but in addition Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes breed here and often Black-necked pass through at this time, so it can be a Grebe bonanza.

We also visit other areas locally which are fabulous for birdwatching, sites where we could be lucky enough to see some birds that are either very rare in the UK, or don’t occur at all. Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Black Woodpecker, Hawfinch, even Eagle Owl and Pygmy Owl are all possible.

Our base for the 4 nights is a converted water mill, where the owner prides himself in offering top quality, locally sourced and organic food and wine.
This tranquil riverside location has some wonderful local walks to enjoy and we also will have a canoe safari on one evening in search of Beaver which are relatively common in the area.

The gentle flow of the water and sound of bird song is only broken by the occasional splosh of a beaver submerging as we approach.

This break has a very relaxed pace to it, with ample down time to enjoy the locality and its wildlife and to round off the package, we have a meal in a very well recommended local restaurant on one of our evenings.

Flights are in addition to this price and are with British Airways from Heathrow, coming in usually between £150 and £250 return.

The minimum number for this trip is 5, with a max of 10. There is a single supplement charge of £195, but please let us know if you are willing to share.

FULLY BOOKED, still space left for 2021

Cost: £1095

Deposit: £250

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Trinidad & Tobago

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 13 April to 26 April 2020

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Overview: The original inhabitants of Trinidad & Tobago, the Amerindians, referred to the islands as the 'Home of the Hummingbird'. But these beautiful islands have so much more besides these little jewels to offer the Wildlife watcher and Photographer.

Tanagers, Woodpeckers, Honeycreepers, Manikins, Herons and other water birds are all well represented. The flora you may have come across in your local florist, with Strelitzia, Heliconia and Gingers growing wild along with many many other flowers that attract butterflies and nectar drinking birds.

April is a prime to explore the caribbean, with warm and predominantly dry weather and best of all, the birds are in breeding plumage and looking their best.

This trip neatly splits in two, with seven nights based at the tranquil Cuffie River Nature Retreat in the heart of Tobago and six at the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre on Trinidad, which has to be on everyone's bucket list to visit.

While plenty of time is allocated on the tour to make the most of these two stunning venues, various day trips introduce us to much of the islands colourful birdlife and flora.

We will visit Little Tobago island, famous for its Red-billed Tropic Birds and Frigate Birds, who share the island with many other seabirds.

The incredible sight of hundreds of Scarlet Ibis coming in to roost at Caroni Swamp really has to be witnessed to be believed, they are such a vivid red.

Apart from other wildlife rich outings, an optional workshop on how to photograph Hummingbirds is included at the start of the tour, which could be invaluable if you want to take back some top images.

This tour is limited to just 8 places to maximise the experience.


JUST 2 PLACES REMAINING

Cost: £3740

Deposit: £375

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Central England Spring Birding

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 27 May to 31 May 2020

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Overview: Often overlooked as a birdwatching destination, Central England has some top birdwatching venues and a varied range of habitats and birdlife. One site we will be visiting is Upton Warren, a Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserve which has recorded 97 species of birds in one day in May, not bad for a landlocked county. The site has breeding Avocets and Cetti’s Warbler and hosts a good variety of birds year round, with the number of species seen rising even further during migration periods.

Other wetland sites will make up the itinerary for this four night break, but we will also visit the Wyre Forest, where breeding birds include Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Dipper and Mandarin.

The hotel we have chosen as a base for this break, is well known in the area and is a popular wedding venue, with it’s extensive grounds, so a very comfortable and tranquil place to begin and end each day.

We will head out each evening to eat locally, with many lovely and reasonably priced restaurants in the nearby villages, which include historic Henley-in-Arden, which is right on our doorstep.

FIRST BOOKING TAKEN

Cost: £595

Deposit: £150

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Highlands Wildlife & Whisky

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 5 June to 10 June 2020

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Overview: The Grant Arms hotel, Grantown on Spey, has been carefully chosen, not only for the excellent quality of this hotel, friendly staff and it’s great food, but because of it’s location.

We will be central to many of the Highlands best wildlife watching hotspots and the trip has been well timed to give you the opportunity to see much of Scotland’s iconic wildlife and landscape.

At this time of year Ospreys and Slavonian Grebes will have returned to nest in the area and residents like Golden Eagle, Black Grouse and Pine Marten will be more visible than in other seasons.

A visit to a local whisky distillery just adds a cultural twist to a very enjoyable, social and rewarding break.

The Price includes -
* Five nights full board accommodation at the wonderful Grant Arms Hotel, within the Cairngorms national park.
* Transport and guiding throughout
* Tour of a local Whisky distillery
* Tickets for the Cairngorm funicular railway
* An evening in the famous Rothymurcus mammal hide.

Collection and drop off from/to Aviemore railway station, or Inverness airport may be arranged if required. An additional charge may apply dependant on timings.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON THIS BREAK

LAST 2 PLACES

Cost: £925

Deposit: £150

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Spain, The Pyrenees & Mediterranean Coast

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 18 June to 28 June 2020

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Overview: This holiday is made up of five nights on the Mediterranean coast and five nights in the Pyrenees. With two very different locations we are guaranteed to see a diverse range of wildlife, across such varied environments.

We’ve been taking groups to the same Pyrenean location for many years and it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, set in tranquil surroundings, over 4,000ft above sea level, with just the sound of the birds and crickets for company. Here we have our own Vulture feeding station on an adjacent hillside, which is possibly the only place you can see all four European vulture species together.

The feeding area has three hides surrounding it, giving unsurpassed views of these fascinating birds. On the day of the feed, we will witness in excess of 400 vultures come to feed, mainly made up of Griffon Vultures, but Black (Monk) and Egyptian Vultures are steadily making a comeback in the area, thanks largely to this conservation project we are proud to be a part of.
The Lammergeiers are the main attraction here though and we can often have up to 40 individuals at the feed and on the following days. Anyone lucky enough to see Lammers elsewhere on a holiday, may have recognised the silhouette of a bird high in the sky, but here they are feeding just a few feet from you, quite magical creatures.

We also have a local hide to photograph or watch Golden Eagles and another hide overlooking a small pool. Here the smaller birds come to drink and bathe, which include Dartford, Subalpine, Orphean & Bonelli’s Warblers, Rock & Cirl Buntings, Hoopoes, Serin, Crested Tit, plus many other more common species.

Obviously it’s not just birds up here, with over 100 butterfly species recorded locally, like this Provence Orange-tip, some fabulous flora, some of which is endemic to the Pyrenees and views to die for, it’s a perfect location for photography of all types, birdwatching, general wildlife watching, walking and if you’re an artist, you’ll be spoilt for choice of subjects. Sunset is one of the most magical times here, as Nightjars take to the wing, Scops Owls begin to call and Red Deer emerge from the trees to feed in front of the house.

Our base on the coast, where we spend our first and final four nights of this break is very different. We’ll be close to the town of Empuriabrava, which is stepped in history. In fact the name of the town comes from it once being a major stronghold for the Roman Empire.
However it’s our proximity to several nature reserves, that brought us to originally explore this area, which give us access to a different selection of habitats and therefore bird species.
Literally on our doorstep is a reserve with tidal pools, salt marsh and woodland, where White Storks can be found nesting. Other likely species which can be found here include Montagues Harrier, Rock Sparrow, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt and more Nightingales than you’d believe were possible in one place.

From here we can explore various other sites locally, where we can hope to see all three Swift species, Common, Pallid and Alpine, European Roller, Greater-spotted Cuckoo, Red-backed & Woodchat Shrikes, Orphean Warbler, Cirl Bunting, Spoonbill, Purple Heron, Crested Lark and many more

ONE ROOM REMAINING

Cost: £1990

Deposit: £250

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Wellbeing through Nature in SW Portugal

Type: Wellbeing

Dates: 11 September to 18 September 2020

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Overview: Our unspoilt, rural location is the perfect setting to unwind, restore and learn
the art of relaxation. This little piece of tranquillity nestled in nature and
surrounded by its lovely gardens of flowers and fruits trees can be enjoyed
under the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine, as autumn creeps in back
home.

During the week there will be a blend of Tai Chi Qigong, Mindfulness
walks, meditation and yoga, Breath exercises, local Nature Walks and Coaching
(no experience required) We will practice in the wonderful and private outdoor
spaces using nature to enhance our wellbeing and relaxation. We aim to teach or
strengthen your practice so that you can continue to benefit once home.

All sessions are run by a professional practitioner of wellbeing Coaching,
Tai Chi Qigong & Mindfulness- accredited by the British Psychological
Society.

Wellbeing through Nature Retreats are designed to relax the mind, body and
soul through a unique blend of outdoor guided therapeutic activities, good food
and space for plenty of down time…and fun!

Maximum group size for this break will be 10, with no single person supplements on this holiday.

Cost: £1470

Deposit: £250

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Devons Birdlife, Migrants on the move

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 27 September to 2 October 2020

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Overview: Join us in Devon for a five night, half board birdwatching break based at TLH leisure resort Torquay.

One of two breaks based at the Victoria hotel torquay for 2020, following great feedback from previous trips.

As well as some of the wonderful resident birdlife in the area, we will be hoping to catch up with a few of the birds that pass through the South West on their Autumn migration. These could be American vagrants blown adrift by westerly winds, as well as European and Eastern species.

Regular autumnal visitors could include warblers like Yellow-browed and waders such as Curlew Sandpiper. Who knows what might turn up.

This break offers a great combination of quality birdwatching and excellent hotel facilities at an affordable price and is open to birdwatchers of levels.

Whats included:
- 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the TLH Victoria Hotel
- Pre dinner drinks reception on the first night to meet your host/tour guide Ashley Grove and fellow bird watchers
- Full day & two half days birdwatching.
- A talk on ‘The Birds of The Gambia’
- Transport for all trips is included.
- (Packed lunches not included but can be ordered at TLH Victoria Hotel) 

To book a place, Contact TLH directly on 01803 400500

No Single Supplement on this break!!

JUST 4 PLACES REMAINING

Cost: £325

Deposit: £

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Sri Lanka - Birds, Leopards & Blue Whales

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 19 November to 5 December 2020

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Overview: With so much to see in this wonderful little country, we have extended our original tour to 16 nights, enabling us to visit some of the wildlife rich areas in the North of the country, in addition to the well known sites in the southern and central regions. This will increase our chances of seeing key species like Sri Lanka Leopard and Sloth Bear.

We have chosen to stay at some of the best accommodation in Sri Lanka, so along with great food, we can enjoy comfortable, restful nights between our wildlife watching.

Sri Lanka's bird list tops 430, including 33 endemics, and with the help of a highly experienced English-speaking guide, who will be with us throughout the tour, we will see most of them, including the rare Serendib Scops Owl, which was only discovered in 2001! Our visit coincides with the presence of winter visitors, including waders from Siberia and songbirds from the Himalayas.

In addition to the abundant birdlife, other wildlife we can expect to see are Marsh Mugger Crocodile and various land mammals such as Grey Langur and Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys, Water Buffalo, Sambar and Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Fruit Bat, Sloth Bear, Leopard and Asian Elephant. On top of all this, our visit to the south coast is timed to coincide with a calm sea and the presence of Blue Whales, as well as several other whales and dolphins, which can often be seen from a boat at close range. Sri Lanka also has 244 species of Butterflies.

The price includes full board en-suite accommodation, all transport in Sri Lanka by air conditioned vehicle, all excursions and reserve entry fees, including four jeep safaris in national parks, and one whale watching excursion, plus bird checklist and the services of local guides & two Experience Nature guides.

The price does not include your flights (circa £550 return pp from LHR with Sri Lanka airlines). Your personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks or items of a personal nature.

FULLY BOOKED

Cost: £2695

Deposit: £300

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Jewels of The Gambia

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 5 January to 19 January 2021

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Overview: The Gambia has been a popular Birdwatching destination since the 1970's and is still probably the safest African Country to visit. No wonder our tour leader Ashley has visited close to 20 times, leading two trips a year here since 2011.

As with all our trips, this is run at a relaxed pace, giving ample opportunity to enjoy the wildlife and in particular the many colourful bird species that can be found here. With 9 Kingfishers and 8 Bee-eater species for example, this guarantees to be a real feast for the eyes.

With little effort we can hope to see up to 300 bird species, with the photographers among us expecting to get quality images of a large percentage of these.

Throughout the trip we will have 3 guides and our own driver, making sure individual group members needs are catered for, so photographers for example can spend longer with a single species if they wish.

We spend time near the coast, but also travel inland to experience the real Gambia and it's various habitats and associated wildlife, including Hippo's, Bee-eater colonies, bird rich rice paddies and ancient forests.

The tour dates coincide with return flights from Birmingham and Gatwick, with just 30 minutes between the two departures, so Midlanders and those from the South East have equal opportunity to join this trip.

Please contact Ashley for a full itinerary and do check out the Gambia gallery through the link below for further temptation.

The price below does not include flights.

LAST 3 PLACES

Cost: £1995

Deposit: £250

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Honduras, Brilliant Birds & Mayan Ruins

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 9 March to 24 March 2021

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Overview: We will be visiting various locations and accommodations in Honduras during March 2020, to finalise our itinerary for this fantastic holiday.

Bordering Costa Rica, Honduras shares much of the same wildlife, but is still relatively new and untouched as a birdwatching destination.

If you'd like to be one of the first to receive our itinerary for this holiday, please contact us through the website and we'll contact you prior to it going on general sale.

Cost: £TBC

Deposit: £

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Swedens Crane Migration, Grebes & Great Food

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 07 April to 11 April 2021

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Overview: The Lake Hornborga area of Sweden plays host to one of the most incredible bird spectacles to be seen in Europe. From late March to mid April, thousands of Common Cranes stop here to feed up on their journey to more northerly breeding grounds. The quantity of birds varies from year to year, but we have timed this trip to catch the peak of the birds movement and hope to see between 15 and 30,000 cranes at this time. In 2019 the peak count reached upwards of 27,000 birds, plus of course a wide variety of wildfowl that are present at this time. A highlight of this trip will be the sight and sound of thousands of Cranes coming into the lake at dawn, which really has to be experienced.

Whooper Swans and Goldeneye that stay on to breed in the area are joined by White Fronted & Pink-footed Geese, Wigeon, Pintail, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard and Tufted Duck in large numbers.
Other breeding birds in the area are setting up territory at this time and very evident are the grebes. Great-crested and Little Grebes are present, but in addition Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes breed here and often Black-necked pass through at this time, so it can be a Grebe bonanza.

We also visit other areas locally which are fabulous for birdwatching, sites where we could be lucky enough to see some birds that are either very rare in the UK, or don’t occur at all. Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Black Woodpecker, Hawfinch, even Eagle Owl and Pygmy Owl are all possible.

Our base for the 4 nights is a converted water mill, where the owner prides himself in offering top quality, locally sourced and organic food and wine.
This tranquil riverside location has some wonderful local walks to enjoy and we also will have a canoe safari on one evening in search of Beaver which are relatively common in the area.

The gentle flow of the water and sound of bird song is only broken by the occasional splosh of a beaver submerging as we approach.

This break has a very relaxed pace to it, with ample down time to enjoy the locality and its wildlife and to round off the package, we have a meal in a very well recommended local restaurant on one of our evenings.

Flights are in addition to this price and are with British Airways from Heathrow, coming in usually between £150 and £250 return.

The minimum number for this trip is 5, with a max of 10. There is a single supplement charge of £195, but please let us know if you are willing to share.

6 PLACES REMAINING

Cost: £1195

Deposit: £250

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Spring Migration in Montenegro

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 17 April to 24 April 2021

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Overview: This seven night holiday actually starts in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Regular and reasonably priced flights, make it an ideal starting point and of course gives you an opportunity to add some additional days to your holiday to explore the city.

After an overnight stay near Dubrovnik, we head off in our comfortable minibus to explore some of the top birding sites in Montenegro, which will take us through diverse landscapes and some outstanding scenery.

We have two comfortable bases in Montenegro, giving us access to Lake Skadar, where the waters are home to Dalmatian Pelicans and Pygmy Cormorants and its southern shores have special birds like Rock Nuthatch, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting. Grey-headed and Syrian Woodpeckers inhabit the local woodlands here.

We also visit the Durmitor Mountains and stay in Zabljak, the highest town in the Balkans at close to a mile above sea level, where the pine forest holds Sombre Tit and Nutcracker, while Golden Eagles soar overhead. We even have a chance of Wallcreeper and migrants can include Collared Flycatcher.

Some great birds to be seen and some of the most outstanding landscapes in Europe to be enjoyed on this holiday.
So with it being limited to just 6 people, early booking is advised.

4 PLACES REMAINING

Cost: £1675

Deposit: £250

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Spring in South-west Portugal

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 30 April to 7 May 2021

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Overview: About as far south-west as you can go in Europe, we’ve crafted another holiday full of fabulous bird life, yet has plenty of down time built in to enjoy the tranquil, eco friendly, quality accommodation in which we will be staying.
Located on the shores of a lake, with bird hides on site and easy access to a varied range of habitats a short drive away, we will slowly but surely clock up around 150 species of birds, not to mention some very interesting local mammals, insects and wild flowers.

Visiting the Alentejo plains we should see both Great and Little Bustards, Blue Rock Thrush and possibly three different Eagle species.
Further outings to explore Cork Oak forest, salt pans, coastal lakes, cliffs and river valleys, will increase the variety of species we are likely to see. Highlights might include Flamingos, Rock Bunting, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, European Roller, Crag Martin, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Azure-winged Magpie, Calandra Lark and Great-spotted Cuckoo. With Gennet and Egyptian Mongoose being possible mammals seen.

Our downtime spent at our accommodation should afford good views of Golden Oriole which nest in the grounds, or perhaps a sighting of the Otters that live on the lake. Your relaxation time could be spent on the lake, canoeing or paddle boarding, or simply soaking up your surroundings and the associated wildlife.

Maximum group size 10 people

JUST 4 PLACES REMAINING

Cost: £1470

Deposit: £250

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Wildlife of the Applecross Peninsular

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 4 June to 11 June 2021

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Overview: Applecross is a small village located in the north west of Scotland, one of the most beautiful areas of the British Isles. Everywhere you look, the scenery here is breathtaking, with views across the lochs to the Inner Hebrides, mountain ranges and rolling moorland, it’s no wonder the wildlife is so rich here.

Approximately the size of Greater Birmingham, the Peninsular in which Applecross sits, has just 150 residents, so is a real escape and you may not see another person all day on some of the walks, lochs and beeches.

The mountains near Applecross support Ptarmigan and Golden Eagle, the moors and Lochans have Divers and Skuas and in the surrounding sea lochs live Dolphins, Seals, Otters and White-tailed Eagles. The area is also a true stronghold for Pine Martens, which are often attracted to the gardens here for supper!

On this holiday we will explore the best sites to get close to much of this wildlife, while enjoying the stunning landscape and some great food. A wildlife cruise may give us sightings of Dolphins, or even of a Whale, or Basking Shark.

This break runs back to back with our annual June visit to the Grant Arms to explore the wildlife in and around the Cairngorm National park and the Black Isle, so why not link the two breaks and benefit form a free additional night at the Grant Arms on us.

Group size 7 persons

FULLY BOOKED

Cost: £1290

Deposit: £250

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Highlands Wildlife & Whisky

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 12 June to 17 June 2021

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Overview: The Grant Arms hotel, Grantown on Spey, has been carefully chosen, not only for the excellent quality of this hotel, friendly staff and it’s great food, but because of it’s location.

We will be central to many of the Highlands best wildlife watching hotspots and the trip has been well timed to give you the opportunity to see much of Scotland’s iconic wildlife and landscape.

At this time of year Ospreys and Slavonian Grebes will have returned to nest in the area and residents like Golden Eagle, Black Grouse and Pine Marten will be more visible than in other seasons.

A visit to a local whisky distillery just adds a cultural twist to a very enjoyable, social and rewarding break.

The Price includes -
* Five nights full board accommodation at the wonderful Grant Arms Hotel, within the Cairngorms national park.
* Transport and guiding throughout
* Tour of a local Whisky distillery
* Tickets for the Cairngorm funicular railway
* An evening in the famous Rothymurcus mammal hide.

Collection and drop off from/to Aviemore railway station, or Inverness airport may be arranged if required. An additional charge may apply dependant on timings.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON THIS BREAK

JUST 4 PLACES LEFT

Cost: £975

Deposit: £150

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St Kilda & Outer Hebrides Cruise

Type: Wildlife Watching Tour

Dates: 15 July to 23 July 2021

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Overview: This holiday is based on board the Seahorse II, a comfortably converted former Norwegian ferry. Mid July in this part of the world gives us nine long days (17 hours between Sunrise & Sunset) to explore the breathtakingly beautiful Western Isles of Scotland.

We board the boat near Oban and chart a course to St Kilda, but also visit the isles of Mull, Canna, Harris, North Uist, Rum and Treshnish Isles, each beautiful in their own right. Weather permitting we will disembark for a wildlife walk each day and an opportunity to enjoy the landscape, and relax. Evenings we will drop anchor and maybe enjoy Kayaking or Paddle Boarding, perhaps even a swim or a snorkel in the ‘relatively warm’ Gulf Stream waters.

Evening meals will be taken in the open air when possible, overlooking the shore of an island that we may well have all to ourselves. The numbers of locally breeding seabirds will be at their peak, with this years birds taking to the air and water, with the Gannet colony on Stac Lee (St Kilda) being a must see.

Apart from a wide variety of oceanic birds, we will of course be on the look out for Whales and Dolphins, which could include Orcas, Hump-Back & Minke Whales and July gives us a very good chance to see Basking Sharks as well. The various bays we visit will be good places to see Seals and surely Otters.

All in all, we’ve carefully crafted a package to experience a very special part of the world, with fabulous food and great company.

We have the whole boat to ourselves and with just 9 guest places, 2 guides and 3 crew, it's a very exclusive holiday. The breakdown of cabins and prices is as follows;

3 x Single Cabin with wash basin and shared bathroom - £2295pp 1 SOLD
1 x Twin Cabin with with basin & toilet - £2455pp
2 x Twin/Double Cabin with en-suite - £2595pp

Cost: £2295

Deposit: £350

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