Best of North Wales

A Tropical Birding “Chilled Tour” in conjunction with Birdwatching Trips UK

North Wales is a wonderful place to visit with its exciting blend of resident, migrant, returning winter and departing summer birds, depending on the season. Add to this a wide variety of habitats and stunning scenery and you have the perfect mix for a birdwatching break. North Wales offers the birdwatcher a wonderful blend of habitats from high mountains, across moors, through woodlands, reedbeds, lakes, marshes, seacliffs and estuaries, all with exciting birds to enjoy. This is an exclusive tour with just six participants with two guides, Alan and Ruth.

Our five day Birdwatching Trip will be based at the lovely Princes Arms Hotel in the scenic Conwy Valley where the birdwatching begins from your bedroom window! The wonderful food here is another highlight of this trip, you will not go hungry. The tour includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from lunch on day one to lunch on day five.

The view from the Princes Arms Hotel, our base for the holiday
The view from the Princes Arms Hotel, our base for the holiday (Alan Davies and Ruth Miller)

Each day we will explore the varied habitats of North Wales to enjoy the wonderful bird life and stunning scenery. We will be in touch with all the latest bird news to ensure we see the most exciting birds around, expect the unexpected! We will enjoy around 120 species of birds during the five day trip.

Enjoy a close enounter with a charismatic Chough
Enjoy a close enounter with a charismatic Chough (Alan Davies and Ruth Miller)

During the tour we will look for many exciting species that vary based on the season:

Spring (April/May):

Great Crested Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Osprey, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Stock Dove, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Skylark, Tree Pipit, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Chough, Raven, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Common Crossbill, Hawfinch, and any other migrants and rarities that may occur at this great time of year. Expect to enjoy around 120 species on the tour.

Pied Flycatcher - an iconic Welsh spring bird
Pied Flycatcher - an iconic Welsh spring bird (Alan Davies and Ruth Miller)

Summer (June):

Great Crested Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Osprey, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Skylark, Tree Pipit, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Chough, Raven, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Common Crossbill. Expect to enjoy around 120 species on the tour.

Puffin - everyone's summer favourite!
Puffin - everyone's summer favourite! (Alan Davies and Ruth Miller)

Autumn (August, September, October):

This time of year is fast moving migration time, so very difficult to predict which species will be seen in which of the three months. However, here are some of the birds that we will be enjoying during autumn in North Wales. Please ask for more details of a specific month if required. Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Leach’s Petrel, Gannet, Shag, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Pink-footed Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Garganey, Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Osprey, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Water Rail, Avocet, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Chough, Raven, Brambling, Siskin, Common Crossbill, 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.

Wryneck, a scarce migrant. Here's one we found in September on Anglesey
Wryneck, a scarce migrant. Here's one we found in September on Anglesey (Alan Davies and Ruth Miller)

Winter (November, December, January, February, March):

Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Shag, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Melin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Water Rail, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Knot, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Stonechat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Great Grey Shrike, Chough, Raven, Brambling, Siskin, Linnet, Twite, Common Crossbill, Hawfinch, Snow Bunting and any other scarce visitors and rarities that may occur at this exciting time of year. Expect to enjoy around 120 species on the tour.

Spectacular lekking Black Grouse, even better with a dusting of snow
Spectacular lekking Black Grouse, even better with a dusting of snow (Alan Davies and Ruth Miller)

Our five-day Birdwatching Trip includes –

Guiding by Alan and Ruth throughout.
Transport in a comfortable minibus.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from lunch on day one to lunch on day five.
Snacks to keep you going between the lovely meals.
Use of Leica telescopes to help you enjoy the best views of the birds.
Use of field guides to help with identification.
A checklist of the birds we encounter.
All entrance fees to reserves we visit.

Our trip does not include –

Transport to and from the Princes Arms Hotel, Trefriw, Conwy. However, we are happy to arrange a transfer to and from nearby Llandudno Junction railway station at a convenient time at no extra charge.
Alcoholic drinks.
Travel insurance.
Any items of a personal nature.
Tips.

We look forward to sharing exciting North Wales birds with you!