Five Day Best Of North Wales Birdwatching Trip 2 – 6 March 2019

Cefni Estuary sunset Nov

Today, 2nd March 2019, we start our latest five day Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip designed to show-case the very best birds and habitats in this wonderful part of the UK. We base our “Best of” tours at the wonderful Princes Arms Hotel in the Conwy Valley. This hotel is the perfect location for a North Wales bird tour being well placed to reach all the major birdwatching destinations and is a lovely hotel with superb food! But there is more, the Princes Arms is situated on the banks of the Conwy River, many rooms with river views, so the birdwatching starts right at the hotel. We have enjoyed some great sightings of Goosanders, Grey Herons and Grey Wagtails here on the river and even been lucky enough to see Dipper and Kingfisher on more than one occasion. The area visible from the hotel is also great for raptors, Common Buzzards really are common here, Red Kites are becoming more regular, Peregrines sometimes power over and we have seen Goshawk a number of times. At dawn and dusk you might be lucky enough to see a Woodcock flying over or glimpse a Tawny Owl. The bird feeders at the hotel attract lots of birds and these can include Great spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Jay, so you can see why we love to use this as our base for our “Best of North Wales” tours. Please check back soon for updates on this tour.


We often enjoy wonderful views of Kingfishers during our North Wales tours.

During our five day tours we visit a wide variety of habitats to give our guests a wonderful mix of species in beautiful landscapes. One day we spend on the island of Anglesey visiting shallow bays, harbours, freshwater lakes and towering sea-cliffs. In March we will be looking for Chough and Black Guillemot, both resident species, and lingering winter birds such as Great northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and Brent Geese. Another day we will visit the moorlands to look for grouse, both Black and Red. The Black Grouse will be displaying already and we hope to witness this fantastic bird behaviour a real treat and a sight we never tire of seeing it is just wonderful. Dropping down to the Dee Estuary we search for raptors which could include Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Merlin and with luck Short-eared Owl. This vast estuary also holds many waders including Avocets and Spotted Redshank and lots of egrets with Little, Cattle and Great all possible, not very often you have the chance of three species of egret in one day! We also visit the uplands of the Snowdonia National Park where with luck we may see a powerful Goshawk, flocks of Crossbills or perhaps an early Ring Ouzel, first Wheatears and Sand Martins already seen in North Wales this Spring!

Avocet pair North Cave 1

Avocets have already returned to the Dee Estuary this Spring.

We have two half days, the tours starts on day one at lunch time and ends on day five after lunch, and on these days we visit sites closer to the hotel. On one we usually visit RSPB Conwy where waders and wildfowl can be seen close to the hides and a good selection of passerines can be found in the willow scrub. We are also likely to have a look at the Great Orme, Llandudno where Fulmars are often on the ledges and Peregrines cruise above with a good chance of Chough. If the weather is good it is likely that breeding seabirds will be back at their nesting cliffs and may include Black Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes.

Razorbill Bempton

We have chances to see Razorbills on Anglesey and on the Great Orme.

As you can see our five day “Best of North Wales” trips really do give you an amazing array of birds and habitats and all fairly close to our lovely hotel base in the Conwy Valley. It is also lovely to know that at the end of the day we return to enjoy a wonderful three course dinner – the perfect end to bird filled days. We usually enjoy around 120 species of birds during our five day holidays here in North Wales.

Our current Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip is fully booked, pleased to say as is the next one in May but don’t despair you can join us in September – migration time!

Come and experience North Wales for yourself and enjoy the wonderful variety of birds, the beautiful scenery, great food and great fun!

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips please email us here to book your tour or for more information….

We look forward to sharing amazing birds and wildlife with you soon!

Red Grouse

March is a great time to look for both Red and Black grouse - here a Red.

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