The Best of North Wales :
Special Readers’ Holiday for Birdwatching Magazine

Monday 9th – Friday 13th September 2019

Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more information
or to book your place on this small-group tour!



Chough portrait Sept SS

Charismatic Chough will be high on our target list



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.

South Stack

The dramatic coastal landscape of RSPB South Stack



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 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.

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.


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

Black Guillemot

We will look for Black Guillemot during our tour



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, 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.

Alan and Ruth in butt 2

Your guides Alan and Ruth and an unusually large Hen Harrier!



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 exceptionally 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 - http://princes-arms.co.uk/

Princes Arms Hotel

Our hotel is in the beautiful Conwy Valley where the exciting birdwatching can start right from your bedroom window!



The cost of this exclusive tour for Bird Watching Magazine is £975 per person, no single supplement.

What is included in the price of this Birdwatching Trip:

  • Guiding throughout by both Alan and Ruth
  • Transport in a comfortable minibus
  • 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
  • personal checklist of the birds
  • Four nights' accommodation in a comfortable en suite room
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Travel insurance

Transfer from Llandudno Junction railway station to and from the hotel can be arranged at no extra cost.

For more information or to reserve your place on this exciting Birdwatching Trip, please email us on:

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to sharing some great North Wales birding with you on this very special Birdwatching Trip with Birdwatching Magazine!

Goosander drake 1

Goosander can often be seen in the river right outside our hotel!



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 wonderful 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.

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