The Very Best of North Wales: A Trio of Daytrips! December 2019

Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th / Monday 9th December 2019

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Winter isn’t a time to hide indoors, there’s a lot of exciting birds and wildlife to enjoy in our beautiful North Wales countryside. Join us as we explore the very best of North Wales winter birdwatching.

Slavonian Grebe Cemlyn Ruth

Slavonian Grebe, one of our winter target birds

We will combine three of our most popular daytrips to offer you a comprehensive overview of the best that North Wales has to offer at this time of year:

  • Best of North Wales Coast and Inland, Saturday 7th December 2019
  • Best of Anglesey, Sunday 8th December 2019
  • Day out on the Dee Estuary, Monday 9th December 2019

Each day we will run a full day’s guided birdwatching in a different area with a variety of habitats offering a different suite of birds to enjoy. Join us for one, two or three days, simply book as many days as you wish in any combination. Each day will run as a standalone daytrip offering lots of birds to enjoy, or you can combine several days to give you the full North Wales birdwatching experience.

  • The price per person for one day booked is £150 per person per day
  • The price per person for two days booked is £125 per person per day
  • The price per person for three days booked is £100 per person per day

Book any one, two or three days; the more you book the more birds you will see and the more you will save.

Each day’s route will depend on the very latest bird news, tides and the weather but each day we expect to see over 70 species, and over the three days some 120 species. Each day will start in Llandudno at 8.30am and end at dusk. We are very flexible so please drop us a line if this presents problems or we can help in any way. We often collect our guests from train stations or bus stations if that is easier for you. And if you are staying in a hotel or B&B in Llandudno, we may be able to offer you a door-to-door service on the day. We will stop for a snack lunch in a lovely café along the way each day; sorry but lunch isn’t included in the price of the daytrip.

Chough SS 140315 2

We look for Chough on the Great Orme

Best of North Wales Coast and Inland

We will spend our day visiting a variety of habitats starting at the Great Orme where we might encounter Chough and Peregrine. We will also look for seabirds, waders, gulls, Rock Pipit and Stonechat. Further inland we visit the Conwy Valley for raptors and with luck perhaps a Hawfinch. We have a good chance of Dipper before dropping back to the coast for more wildfowl, waders, grebes and divers. If time allows, we end the day at RSPB Conwy for more wildfowl and waders. A really busy day packed with birds in stunning scenery.

Brent Geese Beddmanarch

We look for Pale-bellied Brent Geese on Anglesey

Best of Anglesey

The Isle of Anglesey is home to many birds in winter, attracting many divers, grebes, wildfowl, waders and raptors so we are sure to enjoy many birds. Slavonian Grebes winter in a shallow bay where Pale-bellied Brent Geese and Mediterranean Gulls might be present along with lots of waders. We will look for Black Guillemots and divers at nearby Holyhead before visiting RSPB South Stack to look for Chough. We will also visit wetlands for wildfowl and perhaps a Marsh or Hen Harrier. Anglesey has big wintering flocks of Golden Plover; it’s always a thrill to see these and we may be lucky enough to find Purple Sandpipers too. A woodland area will boost our list considerably and we may catch sight of a red squirrel.

Short eared Owl Dee Jan 1

Short-eared Owl quartering the marshes

Day out on the Dee Estuary

Heading east from Llandudno we make at least one stop on our way over to the Dee Estuary where we scan the sea for Common Scoter and divers. Over on the Dee, we will visit RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands reserve which is always packed with birds. At this wonderful wetland we hope to see Pink-footed Geese, Whooper Swans and masses of waders. On the nearby saltmarsh we scan for raptors which include Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Merlin and with luck a Short-eared Owl. Egrets will feature too with lots of Little Egrets and a good chance of Great White Egret too. An exciting day with big numbers of birds. We can arrange to meet participants at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands if you coming from east of the reserve and find that easier; it will be a little later start here than from Llandudno.

Each of our daytrips includes:

A full day’s guided birdwatching, entrance fees to reserves, use of our field guides, use of our top-of-the-range Leica telescopes, individual checklist of the birds we will be looking for.

Not included are:

Travel to or from our agreed meeting point; overnight accommodation if required though we are happy to make suggestions for accommodation to suit your needs and budget; any meals, drinks or snacks; travel insurance; items of a personal nature.


Easy. You may need to walk up to a mile uphill unaided over rough ground, and up and down several steps.


We usually ask for full payment in advance of the daytrip, and are happy to take payment by cheque or BACS, whichever is easier for you.

For more information about our Trio of Daytrips or to book your place, please email us on

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing great birds in North Wales together.

Please ask us if you would like to see our Terms and Conditions. We are compliant with the Packaged Travel Regulations 2018 and have Financial Insolvency Insurance in place to protect you and your money. This insurance has been arranged with Affirma a trading brand of MGA Cover Services Limited (registered address 135 High Street, Crawley, England, RH10 1DQ, company registration: 08444204 authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 678541) under a binding authority with HDI Global SE UK 10 Fenchurch Street London EC3M 3BE United Kingdom registered with the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 230072.

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