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Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners

A range of tours designed specifically for the Beginner Birdwatcher

Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners

Many people take delight in watching birds, and would like both to learn more about them, and to be able to identify them (or at least some of them!).

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‘It’s hard to beat the Somerset Levels for the beginner birder. Our Somerset Levels winter break offers a perfect introduction to a variety of waterbirds and, of course, you can enjoy the impressive Starling murmurations. On our Somerset Levels spring tour there’s an opportunity to learn some of the songs of our more common species, and watch Hobbies and Bitterns among a host of birds and other wildlife. Further afield, our week-long holidays to the Camargue and Coto Doñana are great for getting to grips with more exotic Mediterranean species, while islands such as Mallorca and Lesbos offer the chance to see birds on migration’. - Ed Drewitt (Tour Leader)

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Naturetrek groupWigeonWest SedgemoorStarling flockBee-eaterBlack-winged StiltCalandra LarkCollared PratincoleSpotted RedshankAudouin's GullMarbled DucksLittle BitternSkala Kallonis Hotel, one of the possible hotels used on this tripSkala Kallonis harbourSkala Kallonis harbourPoppy fieldBearded Tit (Tom Mabbett)Great White Egret (Tom Mabbett)
On all of our ‘Beginners’ Birdwatching’ holidays, we provide a high level of instruction from our top leaders. These tours are undertaken at a relaxed pace and are suitable for the complete novice, as well as those with some knowledge who would benefit from ‘brushing it up’ or learning more. And, as is typical with Naturetrek tours, there will be an emphasis on enjoying our surroundings and other wildlife, as well as the birdlife. Questions will be very much encouraged, with emphasis placed on participants being able to see, enjoy and identify every bird well for themselves, whether common or rare. 

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners HOLIDAYS

The accommodation, our hosts, the "culinary + wine" experience and the brilliant music-making couldn't have been bettered an added an excellent, unexpected dimension to the trip! Tom and Greg were extremely helpful (and incredibly patient), not only in locating the birds for everyone and watching out for us, but also in capturing scoped shots for many of us. They were experts with picnics, too!
Tom is a very good tour leader who went out of his way to make sure each member of the party got maximum benefit from the tour. He is enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, and able to guage the needs of his clients. I came away knowing a lot more about birds than when I started.
The main hotel was an idiosyncratic delight. Beautiful grounds, comfortable bedrooms, excellent food matched by delicious wines - both presented with pride and flair by the owners.