On a recent trip to Colombia, our tailormade manager, Robin Smith, had the opportunity to enjoy several days’ birding with a local guide in the south of this fascinating country, focusing on the western Pacific slope. Here he reports on his journey.

Dolphin Watching

I’ve just got back from our ‘Whales & Dolphins of Madeira’ tour, on which we had fantastic weather and cetacean sightings on every trip out to sea, including a group of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins bow-riding, leaping, tail-slapping and generally showing off all around our boat for about 40 minutes in perfect conditions; Short-finned Pilot Whales logging and swimming around us, again in a perfectly calm impossibly blue sea; Loggerhead Turtle, a hammerhead shark and much more. Fantastic!

Tour leader Lee Morgan writes about the mammals of Abruzzo National Park in Italy … Bears, Wild Boar, Chamois and Wolves.

On August Bank Holiday, while many in the UK were piling the family into the car and heading to the blustery beaches of the south coast via gridlocked motorways, I was packing my bag and heading to Heathrow … Sweden bound, in search of its Brown Bears and its peaceful and exquisite hills and lakes on Naturetrek's 'Sweden's Bears' holiday.

Our expert staff in the office have been reflecting on their wildlife highlights of 2018 – from swimming with Whale Sharks in the Maldives to seeing Steller's Sea Eagles in Japan. 2018 was a busy year for us all and we look forward to sharing more wonderful wildlife adventures with you in 2019!