TO BOOK THIS TOUR: CALL 01492 872 407
Monday 9 to Friday 13 September 2019.
DETAILS: Includes guiding by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, transport, use of top-of-the-range Leica telescopes, free loan of binoculars (request in advance), four nights’ accommodation in comfortable en suite room, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from lunch on day one through to lunch on day five, all entrance fees to reserves.
PRICE: £975pp, no single supplement.
September is a wonderful time to visit North Wales with its exciting blend of resident, migrant, returning winter and departing summer birds. Add to this the wide variety of habitats and beautiful 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, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Great Egret, Pintail, Eider, Common Scoter, pale-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Water Rail, Avocet, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Greenshank.
Plus: Mediterranean Gull, Arctic Skua, Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Sky Lark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Stonechat, Ring Ouzel, Chough, Lapland Bunting, and any other migrants and rarities that may occur at this great time of year. Expect to enjoy around 120 species on the tour.
Your guides for this tour 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 entitled ‘Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales’ and Ruth writes a monthly column in Bird Watching magazine called Observations. 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 you from hosts Lindsay and Ann Gordon and the wonderful food is an added bonus of the tour. Additional nights, pre- or post-tour, can be arranged at the hotel.
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 September 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.
The exact itinerary may change due to latest bird information, weather, tides or other circumstances beyond our control.