The Best of North Wales March 2020

Saturday 21st - Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

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

 




Wheatear

Northern Wheatears should be arriving in North Wales in March



March is a wonderful time to visit North Wales with its exciting blend of resident and winter 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!

Hawfinch Roy de Hass

Hawfinch, one of our top target birds at this time of year, photo by Roy de Haas



Itinerary

Day one

Our tour starts with arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley at lunchtime to meet your guides, Alan and Ruth. After lunch we explore the Conwy Valley where we may see Goshawk, Red Kite, Hawfinch, Redwing, Fieldfare, and more. 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 and a visit to RSPB South Stack will be one of the highlights on this day to see the dramatic sea-cliffs. We also pay a visit to a new birding hotspot for wildfowl, waders and raptors. Other bird highlights today could include Great Northern Diver, pale-bellied Brent Geese, Pintail and Golden Plover. We may also see harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and red squirrels, sure to be an exciting day.

Day three

We explore the North Wales coast, visiting several wonderful birdwatching sites in this bird-rich area looking for flocks of wildfowl and waders and raptors. Keeping our eyes peeled, we may encounter a colourful Kingfisher. If the sea conditions are calm, we will check the vast flocks of Common Scoter offshore here and may be lucky enough to pick out a rare American Surf Scoter amongst the masses of duck here. In the evening we may encounter a Woodcock and perhaps hear a Tawny Owl.

Day Four

Weather permitting, we may make an early start to look for both Black Grouse and Red Grouse on the high moors. These uplands also hold Ravens and raptors and we may be lucky enough to encounter Goshawk and Peregrine. Afterwards, we will head for the Dee Estuary to visit the wonderful RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, for masses of waders and wildfowl, and always the chance for more raptors, including the enigmatic Hen Harrier.

Day Five

We spend the morning exploring RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Here we will enjoy close views of waders and wildfowl, perhaps the chance of Kingfisher and stunning views of Conwy Castle and the mountains of Snowdonia. We return to the hotel for lunch before guests depart for their homeward journey at the end of our North Wales tour.

Please note that the exact itinerary may change due to latest bird news, weather, tides or other circumstances beyond our control.

Great Northern Diver Rhyl

We look for Great Northern Divers just offshore



During the tour we will look for such exciting species as:

Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Shag, Little Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, pale-bellied Brent Goose, Pintail, Eider, Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Water Rail, Golden Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Stonechat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Firecrest, Great Grey Shrike, Chough, Raven, Brambling, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Common Crossbill, Bullfinch, Hawfinch, Reed Bunting and any other scarce and rare birds that may be around at this great time of year. Given good weather, we may encounter the first summer migrants arriving, perhaps including Sandwich Tern, Ring Ouzel, Wheatear or Sand Martin.

Expect to enjoy around 120 species of bird on the tour.

The tour is based at a lovely country hotel in the Conwy Valley. This tranquil hotel overlooks the Conwy River so the birdwatching begins right on the doorstep. A warm welcome awaits from our hosts and the wonderful food majoring on local produce will be an added bonus of the tour. Additional nights, pre or post tour, can be arranged at the hotel; just let us know and we'll be happy to help!

Chough SS 140315 2

We look for charismatic Red-billed Chough on this exciting Birdwatching Trip



The price of this exciting small-group birdwatching tour is £875 per person, no single supplement. Deposit £175 per person, payable upon booking. We only take a maximum of six guests on our tours plus two guides to ensure that everyone has a wonderful experience and the best possible views of all the birds we encounter.

What is included in the price of this tour:

Guiding throughout by both Alan and Ruth, Transport in a comfortable minibus, Entrance fees to all reserves, Use of our top-of-the-range telescopes, Use of our field guides, A personal checklist of the birds, Four night’s accommodation in a comfortable en suite bedroom, All meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from lunch on day one through to lunch on day five, Drinking water, tea and coffee with all meals.

What is not included in the price of this tour:

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

We are pleased to offer a transfer from Llandudno Junction railway station to and from the hotel at no extra cost.

Crossbill

We look for Crossbill in the upland forests



With only six guests on this Birdwatching Trip, spaces soon book up. To book your place or ask for more information, please email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing lots of great birds with you!



Red Squirrel 3

With luck we may encounter a delightful red squirrel!



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.


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