Naturetrek Tour Leaders

All our leaders are expert naturalists with outstanding organisational and people skills. They will be able to show you, and help you to identify, the birds, plants and mammals that occur in the region that you are visiting. Quite simply, we think we have the best tour leaders in the business!

What to expect from a Naturetrek tour leader:

  • Many of our leaders have exceptional backgrounds in the country they are taking you to. Often they have lived in the area they are leading a tour to for several years, and they will often have knowledge which goes beyond the region’s natural history.
  • Some of our leaders are specialists in one aspect of natural history, while others are excellent all-round naturalists.
  • We carefully match the tour leader to the type of tour they are going to lead.
  • Between us we speak over 15 different languages. This is of great benefit to you, especially when trying to cope with the inevitable hiccoughs that can occur with travel arrangements in developing countries.
  • They will enthuse you with a passion for their subject and destination, and make the holiday a lot of fun, too.
  • Their job is also to problem-solve where required, and to ensure the enjoyment and safety of our groups.
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Dominic Couzens is one of Britain's best known and most prolific writers on birds, mammals and natural history, having authored or co-authored well over 30 books, as well as hundreds of articles in all sorts of publications, from Birdwatching magazine to Travel Africa, and from Nature's Home (RSPB) to the Telegraph. He has also spent the last 30 years as a tour leader, particularly within Britain, where he particularly loves to describe what the birds and animals are doing, as well as identifying them. He lives in Dorset and runs a website and club for a small, largely unheralded local patch, two draughty reservoirs known as Longham Lakes. His occasional TV appearances have included a short guest stint on Harry Hill's TV Burp.

What is the function of a tour leader?

Your Naturetrek holiday will always be led or accompanied by one or more expert naturalist guides.

On many of our tours a leader will accompany the group from the UK & return with them, while on other holidays, such as our bargain selection and a few of our other tours, a local naturalist will provide the wildlife expertise & guidance once you arrive at your destination.

While on tour, your Naturetrek leader will be responsible for logistics, coordinating group activities & making sure you get expert naturalist guidance. They are there to make sure your holiday goes smoothly & to sort out any queries or problems you may encounter.

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Will the leader on my tour be the one advertised in the brochure?

We assign leaders to tours well in advance and details can be found on the tour pages on the website and within our brochure. However, we reserve the right to make changes if necessary.