The Best of North Wales with BBC TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams

Monday 9th – Friday 13th September 2019


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BBC TV Presenter Iolo Williams making friends with the locals in North Wales!

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 stunning scenery, ranging from mountains to coast, and you have the perfect mix for a birdwatching break.

This is your chance to spend five days in the company of one of Britain's best-loved television wildlife presenters, Iolo Williams. We know that not only will you enjoy wonderful birds and wildlife but there will be plenty of laughter during the trip!

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Charismatic Chough, one of our target birds on our Birdwatching Trip


Day one

Our tour starts with your arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley in time for lunch and to meet your guides Iolo Williams, Ruth and Alan. After lunch we visit RSPB Conwy where we can expect to enjoy waders and wildfowl at close range. Overnight at the Princes Arms Hotel where we stay throughout the tour.

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.

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. 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.

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Great views of all the birds we encounter through our Leica telescopes

The exact itinerary may change due to latest bird information, weather, tides or other circumstances beyond our control.

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, Pintail, Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Water Rail, Avocet, Golden Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Ruff, Greenshank, Arctic Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Stonechat, Ring Ouzel, Chough, and any other migrants and rarities that may occur at this great time of year. Expect to enjoy around 120 species on the tour.

Black Guillemot

We look for Black Guillemot on our tour

Your guides for this tour will be the local experts Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, along with BBC Spring-, Autum- and WinterWatch presenter Iolo Williams, all of whom have many years’ experience as professional bird guides/wildlife experts. Alan is author of the popularly-acclaimed site guide entitled ‘Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales’ and Ruth has published a series of birdwatching and walking guides to North Wales called ‘Birds, Boots and Butties’. 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. Iolo also worked for the RSPB before pursuing a successful career as a wildlife presenter on national television and radio.

Drawing on our huge experience of running tours in this area, and our combined knowledge of local wildlife, we will visit the best bird- and wildlife-watching sites that North Wales has to offer. We will also be in touch with all the latest birdwatching information to ensure we see any special birds that are in the area at the time. The pace of the tour will be relaxed as we take our time to enjoy the wonderful birds, mammals and other wildlife in the area.

On this small-group guided birdwatching tour, we will take a maximum of six participants, plus three expert guides - Iolo, Alan and Ruth - to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy the all birds and wildlife that we encounter. At BirdwatchingTrips, we work hard to ensure that everyone enjoys the best possible guided birdwatching experience.

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 Anne 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. For more information about the Princes Arms Hotel, please visit their website Delicious breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at our hotel while we will enjoy tasty lunches at local cafes around the area.

Princes Arms Hotel

The Princes Arms in the Conwy Valley, our wonderful base for our Birdwatching Trip

The price of this fully-inclusive guided birdwatching holiday is £1550 per person, with no single supplement.

Our tour includes:

    [•] Four nights’ accommodation in a comfortable ensuite room, no single room supplement
    [•] All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from lunch on day one through to lunch on day five
    [•] Guiding throughout by Iolo Williams, Alan and Ruth
    [•] Transport in a comfortable minibus
    [•] All entrance fees to reserves and excursions
    [•] Use of our top-of-the-range Leica telescopes
    [•] Use of our field guides
    [•] A personal checklist of the birds and wildlife.

The tour does not include:

    [•] Alcoholic drinks
    [•] Transport to and from the Princes Arms at the start and end of the tour
    [•] Any extra drinks or snacks taken during the tour
    [•] Any items of a personal nature
    [•] Personal travel insurance.

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Lots of birds to enjoy with Iolo, Alan and Ruth on this guided Birdwatching Trip

Parking is available at the hotel. However, if you prefer to travel by train the nearest mainline railway station is Llandudno Junction with good connections to London, Manchester, Chester and the rest of the country. Transfers to and from the hotel can be arranged at no extra cost.

To book your place or to ask for more information on our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip with Iolo Williams please call us on 01492 872407 or email us on .

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