Best of North Wales in May 2020
Guided birdwatching trip



Saturday 23rd - Wednesday 27th May 2020



 

Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more information about our next
Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip

 

South Stack

RSPB South Stack, a stunning backdrop to our exciting birdwatching



May is one of the most exciting months for birdwatching in North Wales. Migration is well under way with an excellent chance of unusual birds turning up, and of course all the special resident birds are here to enjoy! North Wales offers the birdwatcher a wonderful mix of habitats from high mountains, across moors, through woodlands, reedbeds, lakes, marshes, seacliffs and estuaries, all with exciting birds to enjoy. This is an exclusive tour with just six participants with two guides, Alan and Ruth.

Stonechat male Gt Orme nov

Stonechats are resident in North Wales and we will encounter them on our trip.



Our five day Birdwatching Trip will be based at the lovely Princes Arms Hotel in the scenic Conwy Valley where the birdwatching begins from your bedroom window! The wonderful food here is another highlight of this trip, you will not go hungry! The tour includes all meals from lunch on day one to lunch on day five.

Goosander drake 1

Goosander can be seen on the river from the hotel windows.



Itinerary

Day One

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 warblers, waders and wildfowl at close range.

Day two

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 to see the seabird colony. We will also visit a noisy tern colony where the mix of habitats attracts a lot of birds, a busy day for sure!

Day three

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. The cliffs here are home to nesting seabirds. We also visit other sites along the nearby coast for more waders, wildfowl, warblers and migrants.

Day Four

An early start will see us on the moors to witness Black Grouse displaying a breath-taking spectacle and many other exciting species are possible in this wild landscape. 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 May anything is possible! A visit to RSPB Burton Mere will be part of this exciting day.

Day Five

We spend the morning exploring the Conwy Valley woodlands and adjacent uplands. In the woods we hope to enjoy Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and Common Redstarts among many others. If we are lucky we may encounter Ring Ouzels and Dipper. 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.

We will be in touch with all the latest bird news to ensure we see the most exciting birds around, expect the unexpected! We will enjoy around 120 species of birds during the five day trip.

Wheatear

Exciting migrants could include a confiding Wheatear.



Amongst the birds we will be looking for are...

Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Peregrine, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Puffin, Cuckoo, Skylark, Tree Pipit, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Chough, Raven, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Common Crossbill and any other migrants and rarities that might occur at this exciting time of year.

Our five-day Birdwatching Trip includes -

  • Four nights' accommodation in comfortable ensuite bedrooms, no single room supplement
  • Guiding by Alan and Ruth throughout
  • Transport in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from lunch on Day One through to lunch on Day Five
  • Use of our top-of-the-range telescopes to help you enjoy the best views of the birds
  • Use of our field guides to help with identification
  • A checklist of the birds we encounter
  • All entrance fees to all reserves we visit.


Our trip does not include -

  • Transport to and from the Princes Arms Hotel, Trefriw, Conwy. We can arrange a transfer to and from nearby Llandudno Junction railway station at no extra charge.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Tips.


The price for this five day Birdwatching Trip with Birdwatching Magazine is £895 per person - we are very pleased to say that there is no single room supplement for this tour.

To book your place or for more information about this exciting migration season trip please email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We know you will love this special Birdwatching Trip packed with lots of birds and lots of fun.

Princes Arms Hotel

The view from the Princess Arms Hotel, our base for the holiday.



General Tour Information:

Difficulty:

Easy. Walks are on trails and footpaths which may have an uneven surface. You should be able to walk unaided at least a mile on rough or uneven surfaces. Please contact us if you have any concerns over your participation.

Payment:

Payment can be made by cheque or electronic bank transfer. We ask for 20% deposit upon booking with the balance due by 70 days before travel. Full details are provided on our Booking Form. Please ensure you also see our Terms and Conditions and Booking Confirmation Statement. We are compliant with the Packaged Travel Regulations 2018 and have Financial Failure Insurance in place to give you and your money the fullest possible protection.

Transportation:

Transport will be in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus.

Accommodation:

Accommodation will be in a very comfortable hotel, all bedrooms are ensuite. There is no lift in this delightful Victorian hotel.

Participants:

This tour will run with a minimum of three and a maximum of six guests. The tour will go ahead provided at least three guests have booked by 70 days before the start of the tour.

Cancellation:

Please see our the Terms and Conditions on our website. Full cancellation details are on our booking form. Please ask us if you would like us to send you a copy.

Travel and Medical Insurance:

Please make sure you have the correct insurance cover in place for this tour before the start of the trip.

Terms and Conditions

Please see our Terms and Conditions page for all the details on Terms and Conditions.


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