Winter Birdwatching in Norfolk

Saturday 23rd – Wednesday 27th November 2019

Brent Geese 3

Wintering geese – always a delight to see



There’s nowhere better to be in winter than on the North Norfolk coast. At dawn and dusk the skies are full of skeins of Pink-footed and Brent Geese and other wildfowl heading to and from their feeding grounds and during the day we enjoy close views of them on the ground. Maybe there’s a rarity in the flock? We have an excellent chance of picking out Tundra Bean Geese or perhaps a Black Brant.

Join us as we tour the very best birding locations on the North Norfolk coast. This beautiful stretch of unspoiled coastline holds year-round fascination for birdwatchers, and we will look for resident birds including such charismatic species as Avocet, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Common Crane, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting. Expect to see at least 120 species during our stay in this magical part of the world. In November, this beautiful area holds some very special over-wintering species and we will be looking for Shore Larks, Snow Buntings, Rough-legged Buzzard, Great Grey Shrike and a good chance of some exciting rarities too.

During our tour we will visit the famous nature reserves at RSPB Titchwell, Cley NWT, Holkham NNR, Hickling Broad NWT and Holme Bird Observatory. We will draw on our huge experience of birding in this area and will also be in constant touch with the very latest birding information to ensure we catch up with the best species in the area. The pace of the tour will be relaxed as we enjoy the delights of North Norfolk; as always on a tour with Birdwatching Trips, we will allow plenty of time to enjoy good views of all the birds we encounter, and with a maximum of six guests and two guides, we offer an unparalleled guest-to-guide ratio to give you the highest levels of individual attention on the trip.

Itinerary

Day 1:

The tour starts on Saturday afternoon on the North Norfolk coast, where we enjoy an afternoon’s birdwatching together before moving into our very comfortable hotel right on the doorstep of RSPB Titchwell reserve, one of Norfolk’s prime birding sites, our base for the duration of the tour. Alternatively, if you prefer not to make your own way to our meeting point, we may be able to meet you at pre-arranged pick-up point en route. Please contact us for details. Overnight in our very comfortable hotel (4 nights).

Days 2/3/4:

We will spend our days exploring and enjoying the unspoiled coastline of North Norfolk at a relaxed pace. Our exact itinerary will be governed by the weather and latest bird news. During our time in the area we will explore the best birding sites at RSPB Titchwell, Cley NWT and Holkham NNR and plenty of other wonderful locations. We will also be keeping our eyes peeled for those special local mammal residents including four species of deer, common seals and brown hares.

Day 5:

We spend our last morning looking for any species that we may still like to see in the area. After lunch we say goodbye to beautiful Norfolk as our guided Birdwatching Trip ends.

Barn owl 2

Everybody wants to see Barn Owl!



Our Birdwatching Trip includes:
Four nights’ hotel accommodation on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis in extremely comfortable ensuite double and twin bedrooms; guiding throughout the trip by Alan and Ruth; all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from evening meal on Day One through to lunch on Day Five; entrance to all reserves; use of our field guides; use of our top-of-the-range Leica telescopes; free loan of binoculars during the trip if requested in advance; and an individual printed checklist of the birds we will be looking for.

The price does not include:
transport to/from meeting point; personal travel insurance; alcoholic drinks; any additional drinks/snacks not mentioned above; any items of a personal nature.

The price of the trip is £995 per person, no single room supplement. This is a special small-group tour so there will be a maximum of six participants plus your two guides, Alan and Ruth, on this holiday to ensure everyone has the best possible experience. Lunches will be taken at local cafes, and breakfasts and evening meals will be at our lovely hotel.

Snow Bunting Kinmel Bay

Snow Bunting, one of our target species



During our stay, some of the birds we will be looking for include:

Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Bittern, Bewick’s Swan, Whooper Swan, Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose, White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose, Brent Goose, Egyptian Goose, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Merlin, Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Partridge, Water Rail, Common Crane, Avocet, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Spotted Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Shore Lark, Water Pipit, Cetti’s Warbler, Bearded Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Brambling, Twite, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and any other scarce or rare birds that we may encounter. Expect to see around 120 species during this trip.

Spotted Redshank Sept Titchwell 1

Close encounter with Spotted Redshank


For more details of this birdwatching trip or to book your place, please email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk.

We look forward to sharing Norfolk’s fabulous birdlife with you!

General Tour Information:

Difficulty:

Easy to moderate. Walks are on trails and footpaths which may have an uneven surface. Although we include some quite long walks on our Norfolk tour, the landscape is very flat and there are usually plenty of hides and benches. You should be able to walk unaided at least two miles 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.

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 Booking Form and Terms and Conditions on our website. 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.

Burnham Norton sunset

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