Kiwi Wildlife Tours
based: Warkworth, New Zealand
Discover the unique native birds and animals of New Zealand in some of the most wild, beautiful places on earth.
| animals/safari | birdwatching | New Zealand |
Lingkor Tours & Treks
based: Thimphu, Bhutan
Lingkor Tours and Treks are specialists in journeys to Bhutan, running both packaged and tailor made trips.
| festivals/carnivals | walk/trek/hike | winter walking | bird watching | ethical/ecotourism | tailor made | Bhutan |
Nomad African Travel
based: Hampshire, UK
Visiting Africa with Nomad is more than just another holiday, it's a complete experience.
| animals/safari | birdwatching | photographic | walk/trek/hike | South Africa |
based: Sofia, Bulgaria
Birdwatching and birding holidays in Bulgaria, guaranteed or customized departures.
| birdwatching | Bulgaria |
based: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Selena Travel offers adventure travel packages and expeditions to Mongolia.
| horse trail riding | native peoples | historical tours | birdwatching | Mongolia |
The Travelling Naturalist
based: Dorset, UK
Specialist tour operator, with an aim to provide the most enjoyable guided wildlife holidays possible!
| animals/safari | birdwatching | bear watching | astronomy/space | Worldwide |
based: East Yorkshire. UK
Birding tours with expert guides in Ecuador, home to some of the easiest and best birding in the world.
| birdwatching | Ecuador |
based: Bristol, UK
Packed with ideas and holidays covering all the continents and oceans.
| birdwatching | whale/dolphin watching | theme cruises | astronomy/space | Worldwide |
TOP UK DESTINATIONS FOR BIRDING HOLIDAYS
WHY?: Norfolk has a reputation as Britain's birdwatching capital and offers year-round birding opportunities and a great diversity of habitat, from coast and marshland to ancient woodland and heath. Millions of migrating water-birds and many rare species are attracted by one of the UK’s largest areas of uninterrupted reed bed and fresh/salt water marsh. The county is packed with nature reserves, visitor centres and birdwatching destinations, some of the most popular being Holkham Bay and the Holkham National Nature Reserve, RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's Welney Wetland Centre, NWT Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve, Barton Broad, and Cley Nature Reserve to name just a few.
2 Northumberland & the Farne Islands
WHY?: Puffins, puffins and more puffins! This is a great family birdwatching holiday destination and what child can resist these rather comical clowns of birds – on the Farne Islands they come in bucket loads. Heaps of other sea-birds such as Arctic terns, razorbills, kittiwakes, shags and guillemots too. You'll need to catch a boat to get there, and you could add on trips for dolphins, seals or a visit to the Longstone Lighthouse. And there's also: Hadrian's Wall for birding combined with history; Holy Island (Lindisfarne) for birds, beaches, rock pools, seals and a castle; Northumberland National Park; Kielder Water & Forest Park with its birds of prey centre, osprey watch and dark skies observatory; and Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre where they can get up-close and hands-on with animals and birds (there's holiday accommodation too, details in our birding friendly section»)
3 Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
WHY?: A truly wonderful setting for a relaxed birdwatching break, these welcoming islands off the tip of Cornwall offer sea-birds in summer, as well as an impressive roll-call of spring and autumn migrants such as the purple heron, great northern diver and spotted flycatcher.
4 Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales
WHY?: It might be small, just two miles long, but it teems with birdlife. This little rocky island has dramatic cliffs (up to 120 m) packed with nesting birds such as choughs, peregrines and ravens, and from late winter to early summer you'll find hundreds of guillemots.
5 Loch Garten, Scottish Highlands
WHY?: Loch Garten is the site of the RSPB's 'Operation Osprey', set up to guard the nest of this rare bird of prey, with vsits between April and August. In the surrounding Abernethy Forest, look out for the capercaillie, the UK's largest and most impressive game bird.