July North Wales Wildlife Break with Iolo Williams

Discover wonderful summer birds and mammals in North Wales with BBC SpringWatch presenter Iolo Williams Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th July 2021

Email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more information about this exciting wildlife holiday in North Wales

Iolo Williams Dec 2015 Iolo close up Conwy

Iolo Williams: a special summer visitor to North Wales, make sure you don’t miss him!

July is a wonderful time to visit North Wales so come and visit us here to enjoy the very best of our exciting blend of resident and visiting summer birds and wildlife. Add to this the wide variety of habitats and stunning scenery, ranging from mountains to coastline, woodland and estuaries, and you have the perfect mix for a birdwatching break.

Expect to see plenty of exciting birds during your stay in this beautiful part of the world! And with BBC Springwatch's Iolo Williams on hand to share with you the amazing wildlife of North Wales as well as some of the behind-the-scenes stories from the iconic wildlife TV series, you know you will have a wonderful Birdwatching Trip!

Charismatic Chough, one of our target species


Day one

Our tour starts with arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley in time to check in to the hotel before we have lunch together with your guides, Iolo Williams and Alan Davies. After lunch we explore RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve where we can expect to enjoy warblers, 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 waders, wildfowl, raptors and seabirds. A visit to RSPB South Stack will be one of the highlights on this day to see the dramatic sea-cliffs and look for the charismatic Chough while Manx Shearwaters may be passing offshore. We will also visit beautiful Cemlyn Bay where the mix of habitats attracts a lot of birds, sure to be an exciting day.

Day three

A short drive takes us to the Great Orme headland with its dramatic sea-cliffs and limestone pavements. This Local Nature Reserve has a track record for turning up the unexpected. We also visit other sites along the North Wales coast to look for more waders, wildfowl, and warblers.

Day Four

Today 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. A visit to the wonderful RSPB Burton Mere Nature Reserve will be part of this exciting day.

Day Five

We spend our last morning exploring the Conwy Valley woodlands and adjacent uplands. 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.

Please note the exact itinerary may change due to latest bird information, weather and tide conditions or other circumstances beyond our control.

With luck, we may encounter a Ring Ouzel

During the tour, we will be looking for such highlight species as:

Common Eider, Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Pied Avocet, Northern Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Mediterranean Gull, Little Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Sandwich Tern, Northern Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Northern Gannet, European Shag, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Osprey, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Common Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, Red-billed Chough, Common Raven, Eurasian Skylark, Bearded Tit, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, White-throated Dipper, Ring Ouzel, Common Redstart, Whinchat, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Lesser Redpoll, Red Crossbill, Eurasian Siskin, and Reed Bunting.
Expect to see around 120 species.

We will also be looking for exciting mammals and all aspects of wildlife during this spring trip. Amongst the mammals we hope to see are red squirrels, Atlantic grey seals, harbour porpoises and more!

Red Squirrel

We'll keep our eyes peeled for engaging red squirrels

Your guides for this tour will be the local expert Alan Davies, along with BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams, both 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 worked for the RSPB as site manager at the popular nature reserve at RSPB Conwy. 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.

We'll look for jewel-like Kingfisher

On this small-group guided birdwatching tour, we will take a maximum of six participants, COVID restrictions permitting, plus at least two guides, Iolo Williams and Alan Davies, to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy the all birds and wildlife that we encounter. At Birdwatching Trips, 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 on http://www.princes-arms.co.uk/

Princes Arms Hotel

The Princes Arms Hotel in the Conwy Valley, where the wildlife-watching can start straight from your bedroom window!

Our tour price 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 and Alan Davies
  • All entrance fees to reserves and excursions mentioned above
  • Use of our top-of-the-range telescopes
  • Free loan of binoculars on the tour if requested in advance
  • Use of our field guides
  • A personal checklist of the birds and wildlife.

Our tour price 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.

The price of this fully-inclusive guided birdwatching holiday is £1550 per person, with no single supplement. This price is based on six participants on the tour plus your guides, Iolo and Alan, on this guided bird- and wildlife-watching trip. Delicious breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at our hotel while we will enjoy tasty lunches at local cafes around the area.

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 Spring Wildlife Break with Iolo Williams please email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk .

We look forward to sharing some great North Wales birding with you!

It's always a thrill to encounter a Dipper!

General Tour Information:


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 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 to give you the fullest possible protection. If you are unable to join the trip at short notice because of Covid restrictions or the trip is not able to go ahead for the same reason, we are happy to refund your payment in full. We are certified ‘Good to Go’ by VisitWales, the official Tourist Board of Wales.


Accommodation will be in a very comfortable hotel, all bedrooms are ensuite. Please note there is no lift in this delightful Victorian hotel, but we will be very happy to help you with your luggage.


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

Terms and Conditions/Cancellation:

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