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Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip - 5 Days

Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip
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Our 5-day Birdwatching Trips in North Wales run all year, with each season offering exciting birds. Specialities include Red-billed Chough, Black Grouse, Puffin, Black Guillemot, Goshawk, Hen Harrier, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Common Redstart, Hawfinch, Dipper and Crossbill. Based in the Conwy valley, the birding starts right from your hotel!

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Day 5

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, 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, 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

What is included?

  • Guiding by Alan and Ruth throughout
  • Four nights accommodation in a comfortable Country hotel
  • 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

What is not included?

  • 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
Wildlife Reviews
4.98 stars
- based on 7  reviews
  1. Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip 2nd - 6th March 2019
    Wilfred King02 Mar 2019
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    This was my third birdwatching trip with Ruth and Alan and I suspect it will not be my last. A five day trip based at the lovely Princess Arms Hotel in the Conwy Valley which is an ideal location from which to start out from. Comfortable, friendly and serving lots of superb food, you will not go hungry. Anyone who chooses a Birdwatching trip that is organised by these two world record holders, birders who have immense knowledge of their chosen subject, will not be disappointed They know where all the best birdwatching places in North Wales and Anglesey are. Every hillside, outcrop, every field, mountain or moorland. Every valley, river and marsh, every estuary and reserve and the many sea watching areas. An endless choice and a superb place to come and visit at anytime of the year. Fancy a Goshawk to start your list with, then step out side with Alan before breakfast. Never seen a Black Grouse before, then mention it to Ruth at dinner, you may well be taken to see one the next day. How about a Purple Sandpiper, Slavonian Grebe, Hen Harrier, Red - throated Diver, or a lovely little Goldcrest....... Join Alan and Ruth and immerse yourself in the freedom and majesty of the Birds of North Wales. You will not be disappointed.
  2. Best of North Wales
    Val Lewis01 Mar 2019
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    I had a fabulous few days on Alan and Ruth's North Wales trip. Birdwatching would start before breakfast, from our hotel rooms overlooking the river, or the car park (goshawk and mandarin duck included), and continue during our delicious cooked breakfast, as we had a table in the bay window. Birds would be spotted from the minibus (e.g. dipper and sparrowhawk). Alan and Ruth knew the best places to go to see seabirds, waders, raptors and woodland birds, not forgetting the grouse lek, or the hooded crow in MacDonald's' car park. We'd have a tasty lunch at a cafe or garden centre. Even when the weather turned bad, we went to bird hides at the RSPB reserves and watched in comfort, (e.g. avocets and godwits) with extra hot chocolate provided. Within seconds, Alan and Ruth would have views of great birds in their telescopes, with plenty of tips on where to look and how to identify them. Then back to the comfort of the Princes Hotel to go through the checklist and enjoy a three course meal. I learnt a lot and felt inspired by their enthusiasm.
  3. Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip
    Ray Burgess02 Mar 2019
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    From arriving at the Princes Arms Hotel I was made welcome by Alan and Ruth and immediately Alan had me watching a goshawk soaring over the Conwy Valley through his scope from the hotel car park. With their expert local knowledge Alan and Ruth made the five days full of birds every day visiting a range of sites from Anglesey in the west to the black-grouse moors in the east. A total of 125 birds see on a memorable trip. With the excellent meals at the Princes Arms Hotel and travelling with a friendly well-led group I will be returning again very soon. With out hesitation I give this trip 5 stars.
  4. An excellent trip!
    Jonathan and Thasoula Campbell18 May 2019
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    This was our third birding trip to North Wales with Alan and Ruth, each at a different time of the year. It would be hard to overstate how much each trip surpassed our expectations, both in terms of birds seen and the care given to enhance our experience. Our guides, who through careful preparation maximise every possibility of seeing the full range of birds , ensured that all the target birds for our group were not only seen, but also closely observed - from lekking Black Grouse to a perching, then circling, young male Goshawk. We came away from the trip with our birding knowledge, including some of the more difficult calls and songs, improved by Ruth and Alan's expertise and enthusiasm. As ever, the accommodation and food were excellent. The Princes Arms is the ideal location run by a wonderful couple for whom nothing is too much trouble. We would strongly recommend this trip to anyone interested in birdwatching, whatever their level of knowledge.
  5. Top marks in all categories
    Lyn & Reg19 May 2019
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    For our first Birdwatching trip we chose the The Biggest Twitch in North Wales run by Alan & Ruth two very enthusiastic guides. We certainly weren't disappointed. The hotel and food was superb and together with four other travellers made this the ideal trip. Alan & Ruth were relentless in their quest to give us all the best experience possible and managing to show us so many birds we never thought possible. We highly recommend The Biggest Twitch to anyone seeking a first class Birdwatching experience.
  6. Lifetime Ticks
    David Rogers18 May 2019
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    I chose to birdwatch in North Wales as it gave me the chance to see three birds which I had not seen before, and to visit an area that I had not visited previously. Ruth and Alan were excellent hosts and guides and the Princes Arms an excellent base for this break. I felt we were shown an excellent range of birding habitat ranging from R.S.P.B. reserves to mountainous areas, moorland and local woodland and heath,. The fact that we saw nearly 130 different species during the trip and 115 in a 24 hour period from 2pm on the Monday afternoon speaks volumes for Ruth and Alan's knowledge and expertise. we spent plenty of time at each location and did not move on until all members of the group had seen the birds on view. Much additional information was given regarding species rarity, breeding patterns and conservation issues regarding the habitat. This was an excellent trip during which I am sure we all felt we were in the hands of the professionals. The only drawback was having to limit the food consumed from the wonderful breakfast and evening meal menus! The fact that I saw the three birds I wanted (Puffin, Chough and Goshawk) may lead to some bias but I would recommend this format of trip to anyone regardless if their birding skill.
  7. North Wales Birding - March 2019
    Paul Bell02 Mar 2019
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    This was an excellent 5-day tour during which we saw a wide variety of birds in a number of different habitats. Ruth and Alan were fantastic hosts - very knowledgeable about the birds, but also excellent tour guides and pleasant company throughout the tour; they take exceptionally good care of their customers and will tailor events to meet an individual's needs. The hotel was very good - especially the catering - as were the various lunch locations at which we stopped. I have no negative comments about this tour, and I look forward to joining them again in the future.

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Transportation

Transport will be in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in a very comfortable hotel, all bedrooms are ensuite. There is no lift in this delightful Victorian hotel.

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

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