Raptor Retreats

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At Raptor Retreats, we believe that the birds are the stars of any birding holiday. That’s why all our trips support raptor conservation in the amazing destinations we visit. We work closely with dedicated researchers and field guides to ensure that we get you in the best spot to view nature at its wildest all while helping to protect it for future generations.

All out holidays include accommodation, better than half board food, local transportation and expert guides. Join us for our next trips to Costa Rica, the Pyrenees or Rajasthan and receive a 10% discount when quoting Bird Watching Magazine. We are also looking for trip tester on some of our new adventures with event greater discounts. Email mike@raptorretreats.com or call 07974 704105 for more details.

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Original Cottages

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Home to more than 150 million nesting birds, over 600 species, and to some of the most diverse and rare breeds in the world – our magnificent British Isles are perfect for bird-watching enthusiasts. From Ospreys breeding in Lake District forests to Cornish Choughs patrolling cliffs at England’s most southerly point, you’ll find a beautiful bird and cosy place to call home in every Original Cottages destination.

Our romantic retreats, family getaways, and luxurious lakeside homes are just moments away from some of the best bird-watching spots in the country, bringing you closer to stunning British wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. And our truly local teams know their homes. They’ll help you find the places most visitors rarely see, they know your cottage inside and out, and they’re always on hand when you need them the most. Don’t just holiday somewhere, stay truly local.

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Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve, Portugal

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Located in the heart the most important wetland of Portugal, the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve, EVOA – Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area, allows the visitors to know and enjoy the unique heritage that we have between the Lezíria and the Tagus Estuary, with daily guided tours available.

Three freshwater wetlands are integrated in EVOA, in a total of 70ha. These lagoons are very important for the birdlife, being used as refuge areas or as nesting areas. To guarantee the tranquility of the birds and to maximize your experience and comfort during the visitation there are six observatories in the lagoons, several inconspicuous viewpoints and a Visitor Centre.

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Tel: 00 351 92 645 89 63 / Email

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Knivesandtools Binoculars

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Discover the beauty of nature with Knivesandtools binoculars. We only sell top-quality binoculars from brands such as Swarovski, Leica, Bushnell, Steiner and Eden.

Eden is our own quality brand of binoculars. Properly constructed with a sharp image and a brilliant colour rendering. Recommended for and by bird watchers, but also great when on the road and perfect for anyone who loves nature.

All Eden binoculars are produced according to our strict standards. As such we can make top-quality available for the best possible price. Even better: these bins come with a 25-year warranty.

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Danube Delta, Romania

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Bunica Maria is a beautiful property, located just 200 meters from the Danube River bank. Sf. Gheorghe Arm, in the village of Mahmudia, is a gateway to the Danube Delta natural reserve and bird paradise. Built in classical style, with elements of traditional and rustic design, our location has the charm of a bygone age, but with modern facilities at hand. It offers a cosy and relaxing environment.

We are an eco-friendly location promoting traditional living style and fish food. We would love to welcome you to our personalised birdwatching and wildlife tours in the Danube Delta, which, like The coral barrier, Australia and The Galapagos Island, Ecuador, is an area of biodiversity. Please visit us at any time!

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The Coastguard Lookout, Norfolk

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The Coastguard Lookout is a historic property located along the Old Hunstanton Clifftops in Norfolk.

Originally built as a Marconi Wireless Station back in 1906, the Coastguard Lookout played an important part in both World Wars, intercepting German radio transmissions and tracing German fleet. In 1976 it became a maritime museum which eventually closed and several years later the property was restored by new owners.

The property features a top floor lookout, which gives unrivalled panoramic views of the Wash; perfect for watching birds, boats, the ever-changing tide and for catching beautiful sunsets.

Norfolk has a stunning range of bird life and beautiful nature reserves where it can be discovered all year round. Old Hunstanton is only a short walk away from the property where you'll find a shop, a delicatessen, a post office and several pubs and restaurants. The cliffs and beach are just a 5 minute stroll away!


Contact:

Website / Facebook / Email / Telephone: 01485 534267

Brickley Rise, Norfolk

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Brickley Rise is idyllically found in under two acres of enclosed private gardens, previously apart of Ingoldisthorpe Hall Estate, Norfolk. Built in 1745, this traditional house was originally the former Laundry Cottage for the estate and has been beautifully restored. It now provides a high standard of self-catering holiday accommodation in a truly superb woodland setting for up to eight guests over four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Ideally situated for birdwatching and ramblers, it is also close to endless attractions including 1 mile to Snettisham RSPB, 3 miles to the Sandringham Estate, Wolferton Royal Railway Station, Burnham Market, Holkham Hall and North Norfolk Railway in Holt. The area is surrounded by many stunning beaches including Hunstanton, Holme, Brancaster and Sheringham just to name a few which are all within easy reach. In 2017 & 2018, Brickley Rise was awarded a 4 Star Gold rating by Visit England.

We advise we are a pet free accommodation.

CONTACT: Tel: 07487 242525 / Email / Website / Instagram / Twitter

Birdwatching Narbonnaise

Mediterranean birding at its best…

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In the Occitanie region of southern France, the Narbonnaise regional park boasts some of France’s best birding!

Come and see emblematic Mediterranean species from Bonnelli’s eagle to Greater flamingo with easy birding all year round in a very diverse range of habitats along the western flyway.

DIY birders can use the free Birdwatching Narbonnaise smartphone app to organise a trip, find out “which birds you can see when and where” and get in touch with a network of birder-friendly accommodation and local guides.

Small groups tours in our 2019 programme offer the unbeatable combination of English-speaking tour leaders and knowledgeable local guides, with options from a long weekend to a week.

Easy Mediterranean birding, plenty of sunshine, great food and excellent wine, all just 2.5 hours away from a number of regional UK airports, or come by train for a low carbon footprint option!

To find out more:

Email: birdwatchingnarbonnaise@gmail.com

Web: www.birdwatchingnarbonnaise.com



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Birdwatching Narbonnaise is a programme supported by the European Union through the GAL Est Audois and the Occitanie regional council

CJ Wildlife

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CJ Wildlife is the one stop wildlife shop for your garden and home. Offering a wide variety of high quality products for garden birds, mammals and insects with extensive ranges covering feeders, food, habitats and plants to help you create the perfect wildlife garden. Combining the outdoors with the indoors you can also shop for wildlife themed gifts, books, children’s items and birdwatching equipment.

Founded in 1987 and now Europe’s leading garden wildlife specialist, CJ Wildlife has decades of experience in developing foods and accompanying products that meet the needs of the wildlife who use them, and are proud to be working with more than 20 conservation charities and wildlife organisations across Europe to support and protect the natural world.

  1. FREE delivery over £25 and 14 days no quibble returns

  2. 99% customer satisfaction (Reevoo)

  3. 24/7 live streamed webcams featuring feeding and nesting routines here

  4. Developed the innovative Perching Rings which allows birds to feed naturally facing forwards

  5. First to introduce ‘no mess’ seed mixes and specially formulated Peanut Butter for Birds

  6. FREE Handbook of Garden Wildlife and catalogue available on reques

Contact Us:

Phone: FREEPHONE 0800 731 2820

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Slovenia Photo Tours

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Capture the beautiful wilderness of Slovenia

Imagine spending time in a photographer's paradise, hunting photos in peaceful, pristine natural surroundings. Joined by an experienced local guide, you patiently wait for your next great picture, be it of a bear, in the vast forests of Gorski kotar and Kočevje, a chamois, deer, capercaillie or black grouse in the mountainous Koroška region or rare birds such as the hoopoe, European bee-eater, little bittern, common moorhen or black-winged stilt in the lagoons of Ormož or the landscape park Rački ribnik. You smile as you remember the exquisite homemade food and pleasant dreams in your comfortable accommodation. You can have all that in just three days. Come photo-hunting in Slovenia!

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Kennedy Wild Bird Foods

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The present day range of Kennedy's wild bird feeds are the result of more than 30 years' continuous research into the feeding of wildlife.

Our formulated mixtures and seeds contain only the very best of available crops from around the world. All are cleaned to the highest standards providing balanced diets along with energy and nutrition, ensuring the survival of those we aim to help.

All orders shipped with Free Next day delivery (if placed between 08:00 Mon and 13:00 Thu)

Via ‘Feefo’ all our customers are invited to rate both our service and products after each delivery.

Over the last six months 96% of our customers have rated our service Five star, 98% have rated our product Five star. (Based on approximately 800 reviews)

Our latest innovation ‘Birdspotter’ allows our customers and followers to plot and record all the birds spotted either in your back yard or on your travels. Simply log-in and create an account. Start recording!

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01778 342665
Address: 74 Station Road, Deeping St James, Peterborough PE6 8RQ

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Kett Country Cottages

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We are an independent holiday cottage letting agency with over 200 Norfolk cottages. As a business based in Norfolk, we pride ourselves on our local expertise of the area and have a passion to spread the word about the wonders of Norfolk.

We have a wide variety of high quality self catering Norfolk holiday cottages throughout North Norfolk. Whether you are looking for a charming country cottage by the coast for a weekend break or a large holiday home for all the family, we will be able to help.

Established in 2003, we have seen thousands of visitors fall in love with Norfolk as they holiday in our stunning properties. Our array of properties cover all the popular Norfolk destinations including; Hunstanton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Brancaster, Holkham and Cromer, as well as the more undiscovered beautiful rural areas.

Contact:

Kett Country Cottages, Newman's Yard, 9 Norwich Street, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 9AF.


Tel: 01328 801472 / Website / Email / Facebook / Twitter

 

 

The Bank House, Spurn

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Situated on the Spurn Heritage Coast a beautiful cottage in the delightful village of Easington, Yorkshire. Spacious comfortable lounge with log burning stove, offering views to the grade one listed church. Modern attractive kitchen diner with all necessary equipment and appliances. Two cosy bedrooms, one double and one twin, and a nice family-sized bathroom.

WIFI and gas central heating. At the rear is a lovely long enclosed well-tended garden.

Ideally positioned in the village square, with two homely country pubs less than five minutes’ walk either side. Just over a mile from the back gate you reach the Humber estuary and only half a mile from the front door you can walk onto the beach and lagoons.

The recently opened Yorkshire Wildlife visitor centre is only three miles away. The area is a must visit for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers.

Contact:
Tel 07762 416598
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The British-Bulgarian Society

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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.

Contact details
Availability, itineraries and booking forms:
From: Ognian Avgarski
Phone: 020 7536 9400
Email: ognian@balkaniatravel.com
Web: www.balkaniatravel.com

Further information:
Dr. Annie Kay, Tours Organizer
Email: annie.kay@btinternet.com
Web: www.b-bs.org.uk

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Booking forms and deposits to:
Balkania Travel Ltd
Conex House
148 Field End Road
Eastcote HA5 1RJ


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Meade

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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.

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The Salterns

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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.

Contact details:

Tel: 01489 884 060 / email: salterns@premiermarinas.com

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Ace Optics

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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.

Tel: 01225 466364 / Website / Twitter

Breedon Hall

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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.

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Viking Optical Ltd

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.

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BAOBAB TRADING CO.

Wattled Crane Standing - Normal Finish £180

Wattled Crane Standing - Normal Finish £180

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).

Contact us:

Website: www.baobabtrading.co.uk

Email: info@baobabtrading.co.uk

Phone: 01728 861889