North Wales – September 2016

Late September is a wonderful time to visit North Wales, with its exciting blend of resident, migrant, winter and summer birds. Add to this the wide variety of habitats and stunning scenery, ranging from mountains to coast, and you have the perfect mix for a birdwatching break.

During the tour we will look for such exciting species as Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, pale-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Red Kite, Peregrine, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Rock Pipit, Dipper, Stonechat, Chough, and any other migrants and rarities that occur at this great time of year. Expect to enjoy about 120 species on the tour.

Your guides will be the local experts Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, who have many years’ experience as professional bird guides. Alan is author of the popularly acclaimed site guide ‘Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales’ and Ruth has published a series of birdwatching and walking guides to North Wales called ‘Birds, Boots and Butties’. Both Alan and Ruth worked for the RSPB before setting up their successful birdwatching tour company back in 2009, and they now spend much of their time sharing the wonderful birdlife of North Wales with visitors to this beautiful area.

The tour is based at the Princes Arms Hotel in Trefriw, in the Conwy Valley. This lovely country hotel overlooks the Conwy River so the birdwatching begins right on the doorstep. A warm welcome awaits from hosts Lindsay and Anne Gordon, and the wonderful food will be an added bonus of the tour. Additional nights, pre or post tour, can be arranged at the hotel.

The cost of this exclusive tour for Bird Watching magazine is £799 per person, no single supplement. Read about the trip here.


The Best of North Wales
24 September 2016- 28 September 2016.
Details: Stay at the Princes Arms Hotel in Trefriw, in the Conwy Valley.
Leaders: Alan Davies and Ruth Miller

Cost: £799 per person, no single supplement. Includes guiding throughout by both Alan and Ruth, transport in a comfortable minibus, use of top-of-the-range Leica telescopes, use of our field guides, a personal checklist of the birds, four nights’ accommodation in a comfortable en suite room, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from lunch on day one through to lunch on day five, all entrance fees to reserves, an evening presentation by Alan and Ruth.

Excludes: Alcoholic drinks, transport to and from the hotel at start and end of tour, extra drinks or snacks taken during the tour, items of a personal nature, travel insurance (transfer from Llandudno Junction railway station to and from the hotel can be arranged at no extra cost).


Day 1: Our tour starts with arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley in time for lunch. After lunch we visit RSPB Conwy where we can expect to enjoy waders and wildfowl at close range.

Day 2: We visit the beautiful island of Anglesey with its dramatic coastal scenery. Chough and Black Guillemot will be high on our wanted list but we will also look for migrants, raptors and seabirds. A visit to RSPB South Stack will be one of the highlights on this day.

Day 3: A short drive takes us to the Great Orme headland; the sea-cliffs and limestone pavements here are a temporary home to migrant birds and this Local Nature Reserve has a track record for turning up the unexpected. We also visit other sites along the nearby coast for more waders, wildfowl and migrants.

Day 4: We head east to the Dee Estuary in search of more raptors, wildfowl and waders and who knows, perhaps a Great White Egret or other scarce bird; in October anything is possible! A visit to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands will be part of this exciting day.

Day 5: We spend the morning exploring the Conwy Valley and adjacent uplands. We return to the hotel for lunch before guests depart for their homeward journey at the end of our North Wales tour.

Please note: exact itinerary may change due to latest bird information, weather, tides or other circumstances beyond our control.