Talking On Birdwatching In North Wales To South West Staffordshire RSPB Group

Ring Ouzel male May 2015

Male Ring Ouzel in the mountains of North Wales always a thrill to see.

Last night we gave an illustrated talk to the South-West Staffordshire RSPB Local Group about the amazing area where we we are lucky enough to live - North Wales. A lovely audience of some seventy folks turned out on a very cold night to listen to the talk, huge thanks to everyone of you. It is laways so nice to visit clubs that give such a warm and friendly welcome.

Purple Sandpiper 1

Purple Sandpipers are a regular feature of our winter days out here in North Wales.

Our talk took the audience through the four seasons of birdwatching around North Wales highlighting the very species and habitats to visit at each time of year. We are so lucky to have really wonderful birds all year round here in North Wales. At anytime of year it is possible to see over 80 species of birds on one of our popular day trips. We know just where to look for the special birds in each season and can take you to enjoy them. Not only do we offer day trips throughout the year we also offer our "Best of North Wales" five day tours. These as the name suggests provide an overview of the very best birds availible during each tour, this varies depending on the season but always lots to see! Our next two "Best of North Wales" tours are fully booked but don't worry we have space on our Autumn tour in September. A wonderful time of year to enjoy bird migration and all the great resident species we have to share with you here in North Wales.

Dotterel Sept Gt Orme 6

This gorgeous juvenile Dotterel was photographed on the Great Orme in September.

The Very Best of North Wales

Saturday 12th - Wednesday 16th September 2020


Day one

Our tour starts with arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley in time for lunch. After lunch we will enjoy some local birdwatching including a visit RSPB Conwy where we can expect to enjoy waders and wildfowl at close range.

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemots are just one of the wonderful resident birds in North Wales.

Day two

We spend the day on 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 three

Today we will focus on the North Wales mainland where 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 Four

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 Five

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.

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, Greenshank, Arctic Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Skylark, 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 Birdwatching 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.

On this special small-group tour, we only take a maximum of six guests with both Alan and Ruth guiding. This gives an extremely high guest-to-guide ratio to make sure everyone has the highest levels of individual attention on our tour and the best possible views of all the birds that we encounter.

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 will be an added bonus of the tour. Additional nights, pre or post tour, can be arranged at the hotel. See their website for more details of this wonderful hotel -

The price of this exciting small-group tour is £895 per person, and we are pleased to confirm that there is no single supplement!.

Lapland Bunting BB 1

September is a great time to look for migrant Lapland Buntings.

What is included in the price of this Birdwatching Trip:

Guiding throughout by both Alan and Ruth Use of our top-of-the-range Leica telescopes Free loan of binoculars for the trip if requested in advance Use of our field guides Individual checklist of the birds we will be looking for Four nights' accommodation in a comfortable en suite room - no single room supplement! All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from lunch on day one through to lunch on day five All entrance fees to reserves

What is not included in the price of this Birdwatching Trip:

Transport to and from the Princes Arms at the start and end of the tour Any extra drinks or snacks taken during the tour Alcoholic drinks Any items of a personal nature Travel insurance

We are happy to offer you a transfer from Llandudno Junction railway station to and from the hotel at no extra cost. Please contact us for the most suitable train arrival and departure times.

If you would like more details or would like to book your place on this exciting bird filled tour please drop us a line here....

We look forward to enjoying the very best of North Wales with you soon!

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