The British-Bulgarian Society pioneered bird-watching tours to Bulgaria over forty years ago. Each year we run a winter tour focusing on Red-breasted Geese and other winter wildfowl. We also have a spring tour combining southern Bulgaria’s mountains with the river deltas in northern Greece, two countries and two contrasting habitats. Finally there is an autumn migration tour along the Black Sea coast, the spectacular Via Pontica flyway.
Our tour prices, which include flights and the security of ATOL bonding (through our partners of over twenty years, Balkania Travel) are extremely competitive, as one of the Society’s aims is to introduce British people to Bulgaria’s rich wildlife, beautiful countryside, historic and archaeological monuments and its unique wines and food, especially the tasty grills and mouthwatering salads.
We, and our experienced professional guides, look forward to sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with you.
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Balkania Travel Ltd
148 Field End Road
Eastcote HA5 1RJ
With over four decades of experience as an established optics brand, it’s no wonder Meade’s sports optics are world renowned for their exquisite image quality and all-weather performance.
Designed to be adaptable to any environment, skill level or budget, the Meade motto of ‘Optics for All’ continues to ring true with their TravelView, Mirage, Wilderness and Rainforest Pro ranges, allowing all generations to enjoy and build on their love of nature, wildlife and quality optics.
Whatever you set out to achieve with your binoculars or spotting scope, Meade continues to drive their message home, with dynamic handling, crystal clear optics and an on-the-go versatility that is easily accessible no matter the time or location, for year after year of captivating observation.
Meade optics are distributed in the UK by Hama UK Ltd. For more information, or to find your nearest stockist, please email us or call 0333 123 4262.
Set in the heart of the award-winning Chichester Marina on the entrance to Chichester Harbour, the Salterns are a collection of nine luxury self-catering apartments. This stylish accommodation offers a choice of one and two bedroomed spaces each uniquely designed with plenty of home comforts. With a backdrop of masts and bows visible from every apartment this is a wonderful location for those looking to make the most of Chichester and the surrounding area.
Being in Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, means that our guests have the opportunity to enjoy seeing some of the 55,000 plus waterfowl and waders that take up residence in the year. Additionally, throughout the year, birdwatching tours take place both on and off the water which can be arranged during your stay. Birdwatching enthusiasts will also enjoy the hide we have in situ at Chichester Marina and the fact Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve is only a few miles’ drive away.
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Here at Ace Optics we offer an extensive range of the finest optical & photographic equipment. With over 30 years of experience we can offer the best advice and service whether it’s buying your first camera or upgrading to the latest state of the art optics.
You can find many top brands such as Avian, Canon, Leica, Minox, Panasonic, Swarovski, Vortex, Zeiss and many more at our store or website, all at the most competitive prices.
We carry a wide range of used binoculars, scopes, cameras, lenses and accessories all quality checked by our experienced staff. If you have any old equipment we are happy to offer a part exchange.
Whether browsing our site or visiting our store in Bath we aim to provide you with an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Bresser is a leading brand in the optics world, with German optical design and products manufactured in its factory in Asia. Bresser is renowned for its wide range of binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, and much more. Bresser has been designing and manufacturing high-quality optics since 1957, striving to give consumers the highest level of performance and after care at unbeatable price points.
Bresser is delighted to announce its new Pirsch ED SERIES offering everything a birdwatcher could need, without having to break the bank. Having a full ED system offering HD optical quality with a lightweight body, open bridge design and a 30-year guarantee, delivering outstanding performance in optics and engineering. Contact our office today to find your nearest dealer.
Breedon Hall (www.breedonhall.co.uk) is a restored and refurbished Georgian manor house in the East Midlands. Tucked away in the pretty village of Breedon-on-the-Hill and underneath the stunning hilltop 12th Century Augustine Priory Church of St. Hardulph’s, the Hall’s husband and wife team, Charles and Charlotte Meynell, are now offering their Alastair Sawday acclaimed B&B and Mews self-catering holiday cottages to bird watchers.
The clifftops around Breedon have resident ravens, buzzards and Peregine falcons, whilst two nearby reservoirs at Staunton Harold and Calke Abbey have a plethora of water birds to view.
All bookings are via our website or telephone 01332 864935.
After commencing trading over 30 years ago we have grown steadily to become one of the leading independent optical equipment importers in the UK. We have a long history of co-operation with conservation bodies such as the RSPB and BirdLife International. We are also one of the main sponsors of the British Bird Watching Fair (Birdfair) which is held annually, each August, at Rutland Water in the UK. We are also very proud to have become a BirdLife Species Champion for the critically endangered Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher and the Forest Owlet to help save them from extinction.
We also have a dedicated repair department specialising in servicing and repairing most brands of binoculars.
Baobab Trading Co. have been operating for 20 years and are renowned for their quality reclaimed metal bird sculptures made by a group of artists in Zimbabwe and fairly traded. Despite the hardships over the past years the artists have grown their range of sculptures which they make old from cleaned-up old oil drums which are then varnished and suitable for gardens and interiors. If placed outside we recommend an annual coat of yacht varnish.
We stock a wide range of individually sculpted pieces. Please visit our website and look at our catalogue online - just click on the link. We offer free delivery within mainland UK.
During 2018 we will have a ‘Monthly Special’ on a particular bird sculpture - for January 2018 we will be selling our Yellow-Billed Hornbills for £45 (normal retail price £60).
Phone: 01728 861889
An Edwardian Villa dating back to 1907, The Charterhouse Bed and Breakfast Torquay is located in Cockington Lane and undeniably positioned in one of the most beautiful parts of Torquay. A tranquil walk through the Water Meadows will take you to the historic Saxon Village of Cockington and its Country Park, or a level walk along the sea front into Torquay. Peace and relaxation or the buzz of the town – the choice is yours.
Positioned close to the sea front and local transport services offering bus, boat and train travel, why not take the time to explore the surrounding area of the English Riviera. Further afield you will find the eclectic town of Totnes, the idyllic River Dart and Dartmouth and Dartmoor offering constantly changing scenery and hidden villages.
The Charterhouse B&B Torquay will offer you the warmest of hospitality, comfort, and quality guest accommodation, all at a very affordable price. Our breakfasts are sourced using the finest local produce and guarantee you are well set up for the day.
Lisa & Christophe Gavois
Devon TQ2 6QT
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Andros, The Bahamas: Guided Nature Adventures with Small Hope Bay Lodge
Half day: $200, Whole Day $375 (1-4 people)
The Bahamas offers birdwatchers over 340 bird species, including about 110 species that breed in the country, over 170 migrant species and 50 rarely occurring vagrant species. Five species are endemic to the country – the Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Swallow, Bahama Warbler, Bahama Yellowthroat and Bahama Oriole and all can be seen on Andros, the fifth largest and least developed island in the Caribbean.
Take advantage of the numerous self-guided tours, with complimentary bikes and kayaks or take one of Small Hope's popular half or whole day guided tours across wetlands, dense dark coppice, pine forest and an abandoned farm, for the widest variety of bird sighting.
All-inclusive accommodation starts from $295 per person per night.
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For over 25 years, we have manufactured quality ultrasonic animal deterrents in the UK. Our products deter cats, foxes, mice, pine martins and other pests from gardens and homes. We are the makers of CATWatch, the only cat deterrent tested and approved by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The device has successfully completed a two-year scientific trial by the RSPB to determine its deterrent effect on cats in residential gardens and has been approved by the RSPB ever since. All of our devices which we manufacture are humane and environmentally friendly. There is no need to continue spending money on expensive poisons that are dangerous to pets and other animals.
Telephone: (01438) 727183
Address: Unit 9, Bowmans Trading Estate, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2DL.
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Anse Chastanet Resort on St Lucia’s south-west coast is an unspoiled tropical paradise ideally suited to birdwatching. St Lucia is blessed with five endemic bird species and four of them can be found within the grounds with the fifth located nearby. Various trails traversing 600 lush acres of tropical rainforest in and around 18th century colonial ruins provide ample opportunity to spot both common and endemic species. You don't have to go far to find a wealth of colorful birdlife. Various species such as the the Green and Purple-throated Caribs can be found taking nectar from the flowerbeds surrounding the accommodation areas. The entire resort was built to be in harmony with the surroundings. Birds feel at home on property as they amble along the walkways in the early mornings and are ever present along the tree-lined roadways, restaurants and rooms. Having your binoculars ready is a must.
From the UK: 0-800-141-2859
Direct line: +1-758-459-7000
Anse Chastanet Resort
P.O. Box 7000
1 Anse Chastanet Road
Soufriere, Saint Lucia
Greenwings was founded in 2012 by a team of experienced and passionate conservationists. They offer expertly led small group holidays around the globe. Their range of trips cover the themes of butterflies & moths, birds, botany, general wildlife, British Wildlife & photography.
Greenwings is also the UK’s only company specialising in butterfly & moth watching holidays and operate in close partnership with Butterfly Conservation. Their team includes the very best experts & guides, such as Martin Warren, Tristan Lafranchis, Richard Lewington, Patrick Barkham, Adrian Hoskins, Simon Spencer and Steve Woodhall. The main focus is butterflies & moths but other wildlife of interest is always included too. These holidays often focus on botany as well, since butterflies, flowers & host plants are inextricably linked.
As a company with a strong conservation ethos Greenwings donate 10% of all company profits to various UK and overseas wildlife charities and projects, to help fund the awareness and protection of the wonderful places visited and wildlife seen on their holidays.
They look forward to seeing you on one of their holidays soon!
Tel: 01473 254658
61 Sheldrake Drive
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At Allons y Pyrenees we provide great accommodation in a tranquil rural setting; we aim to deliver great food and hospitality with a genuinely friendly approach. We specialise in activity holidays, especially road cycling, but our location means that we are surrounded by all types of wildlife and are ideally placed as a base to access a variety of mountain locations – we also provide transport for days out if required.
Our area abounds with birdlife: astonishing numbers of birds of prey including Kites and Kestrels and the well renowned vulture populations of the higher cols. Closer to home, we see an abundance of green woodpeckers and are a short walk from a wooded stream where Kingfishers have been spotted on several occasions. The occasional wandering hoopoe provides an unexpected sight in the lanes. It is rare to even step outside the gate without sighting something of note, but the backdrop of the landscape and the Pyrenees is a reward in itself.
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Set overlooking the coastal village of Borth and the Dyfi Estuary, NorthField Holiday Park offers a wide variety of self-catering caravans and chalets.
Just 15 miles from Machynlleth, known for the Dyfi Osprey Project, and C.A.T and 6 Miles from the University town of Aberystwyth, you are never far from adventure, with a bus and train links on your doorstep.
A perfect place for all generations, this 4 star Visit Wales rated park offers a children's play area, both pet friendly and pet free accommodation, and a disabled access caravan. We are open all year and offer short breaks outside of the summer and Christmas Holidays.
Bookings for 2018 are being taken now.
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or alternatively visit our website at www.northfieldholidays.co.uk
WHERE IS BELLAVISTALODGE? Bellavista Lodge / Reserve is located in the Upper Tandayapa Valley, near Mindo in northwestern Pichincha province, Ecuador, under 2 hours from Quito city.
HOW LARGE IS BELLAVISTA RESERVE? 700 hectare (2000 acre) reserve offering trails into primary and secondary cloud forest. Beautiful orchids and abundant bromeliads.
HOW MANY BIRDS ARE THERE IN THE BELLAVISTA AREA? The Bellavista –Nono- Mindo / regionboasts over 450 species of birds, and has won the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Lots of species right aroundthe Lodge!
LODGING AT BELLAVISTA? We offer comfortable accommodation way off the main roads, to suit a variety of pockets (camping included!). Try our new superior Mountain View rooms, with amazing views over the cloud forest towards Pichincha Volcano. Same fabulous views too from our new Bamboo Restaurant “El Amanecer”.
WHAT ABOUT MAMMALS? The delightful Olinguito was only described to science in 2013, and is easy to see here! And Bellavista is part of the Quito Metropolitan District´s “Corredor del Oso” .. with the goal to conserve and protect the Spectacled Bear.
AND TRAVEL /BIRDING / NATUREDISCOVERY DEEPER INTO ECUADOR´S NORTHWEST AND MORE? Tours (birding or naturalist) also offered deeper into the northwest, and also to other parts of this highly biodiverse country.
Garden Wildlife Direct is dedicated to making caring for your garden wildlife an affordable interest. With a comprehensive selection of foods, feeders and habitats, you can start to look after a wide variety of the UK’s most loved garden creatures from the comfort of your own home, at a price that won’t put you out of pocket.
We deliver to all parts of the UK. Don’t forget, when you buy your bird food, the larger the bag, the more money per kilogram you will save. It’s as simple as that.
1. FREE delivery over £25 or 12.55kg bags of food
2. The most trusted online bird food brand with over 9,000 reviews (Google Customer Reviews)
3. The best value bird food online
Lots of birding hints, tips and competitions at The Bird House blog
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GardenBird is a supplier of quality garden bird food and supplies. Founded in 1994 in the small country town of Wem in Shropshire, we have since then become one of the UK’s largest specialist suppliers of wild bird-related products online and by mail order.
We believe in bringing nature closer to your lives, while recognising the dangerously falling populations of many of our dear and most-loved garden birds. In this way, it is possible to appreciate nature in its most raw form while, of course, providing a helping hand.
What better way to help than to provide highly nutritious, quality food across a network of gardens all year round? We believe this connected approach can reap huge rewards for our birds. And you can help, too.
1. FREE delivery over £25
2. One of the most trusted online bird food brands with over 1,600 reviews (Google Customer Reviews)
3. The only registered company to sell Ultiva® seed mixes
4. Catalogue available on request
5. Tons of useful birding hints and tips at voice.gardenbird.co.uk
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Self Catering in Guernsey, for some of the most popular self catering cottage holidays and apartment holidays in Guernsey, owned and run by the Berry family who aim to give you a memorable Guernsey holiday. Come and go as you like - apartments and holiday cottages, in town or country, giving you the choice - from family holidays with heated swimming pools, quiet romantic breaks or activity holidays. All the properties are looked after by on-site Housekeepers who maintain our excellent housekeeping standards so you can be assured of clean, comfortable accommodation. All are Graded 3 or 4 Star and some 4 Star GOLD.
Self Catering in Guernsey gives you more freedom to enjoy your Guernsey holiday than Hotels or Guest Houses - eat in or out at some of Guernsey's many restaurants, take day trips to the other Islands of Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. Do as much as you want or as little.
We offer readers of Bird Watching a special discount so please quote ‘BW’ when booking to gain 10% discount.
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THE 'TREEHOUSE' is in the picturesque village of Boat of Garten, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This unique self-catering lodge is set in almost an acre of mature pine and birch wood, with views of the Cairngorm Mountains.
The local shops are only a few minutes’ walk away, yet the lodge is peaceful enough that often the only sound is that of birds singing, or the steam train puffing past.
The heart of the Treehouse is the spacious, comfortable lounge with log burning fire. It is a place to relax, and enjoy the views through the trees to the stunning scenery beyond, and the window seat, at the far end of this room, is ideal for birdwatchers and red squirrel spotters.
There are three cosy bedrooms, large kitchen, modern bathroom, and a storage/drying room. The large deck, elevated to maximise the views, really does make you feel as if you are in a Treehouse.
There are numerous woodland walks nearby, and Loch Garten, home of the ospreys, is only a few miles away.
Tel: 0131 337 7167