Bird Watching Trip in North Wales
North Wales is a wonderful location for birdwatching with a huge range of species and habitats packed into a small area. Our guided daytrip is the perfect introduction to birdwatching in North Wales at any time of year as we visit the best locations for each season. Join us as we look for the special birds and mammals each of these habitats has to offer.
The variety of habitats in North Wales allows us to visit lagoons, estuary, woodland, water meadows, coastal cliffs and seashore, all in one bird-packed guided birdwatching day. Our target bird species may include Chough, Black Guillemot, Red Kite, resident breeding birds and any migrants on the move.
Alternative Tour Name: North Wales Daytrips
Our itinerary on our set departure daytrip will be tailored to suit the time of year, the weather and tide conditions on the day, and the latest bird news. However, to give you an idea of how our daytrip may run, here’s a sample schedule for a guided Birdwatching Daytrip in spring.
We meet in Llandudno at 8am and continue on together from there. First we drive around the dramatic limestone headland of the Great Orme's Head. This time of year we look out for Fulmar on the cliffs while out to sea may be Gannets and Common Scoter passing offshore and Cormorants and Shags closer in. We keep an eye out for Rock Pipits as we head towards the busy seabird colony where we may see lots of birds on the cliffs or loafing in rafts on the water including Kittiwakes, Common Guillemots, Razorbills and with luck Black Guillemot too. At this time of year we look for migrants too, including Wheatears and warblers.
Next we head to Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve where we look for waders, wildfowl and warblers, sure to see a lot of birds here. We follow the trails to visit the hides overlooking the lagoons; there aren't many reserves where the view includes a Medieval castle!
We continue further down the beautiful Conwy Valley stopping off at some of our favourite quiet spots visiting mountain streams and tranquil churchyards to look for more birds and to soak up the wonderful views.
After lunch at one of the many delightful tearooms in the area, where the birding may even continue in the garden, we head into Snowdonia National Park and take a short walk through an area of oak woodland and mountain streams. Birds including Dipper, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and Wood Warbler are on our target list here. To make a circular tour, we return towards the coast down a dramatic glaciated valley looking out for Wheatears, Meadow Pipits and with luck, perhaps a Ring Ouzel on the high rocky slopes. Back down at sea level, we visit a hide overlooking an estuary where the incoming tide pushes the waders and wildfowl close in to give excellent views, and there's a flash of azure blue as a Kingfisher darts by.
At the end of our day, having visited an astonishing variety of habitats and superb birds, our day sadly comes to an end and we return to Llandudno by 5pm where our daytrip ends.
The exact species will vary according to the season but amongst the highlights are:
Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Little Egret, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Eider, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Kingfisher, Skylark, Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Common Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Chough, Raven, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Lapland Bunting, Reed Bunting. Expect to see around 80 species of birds on our day!
Of course, while we’re looking for birds we may also see other wildlife including stoat, weasel, otter, fox, brown hare, Atlantic grey seals, harbour porpoise, bottlenosed dolphins, risso’s dolphins.
What is included?
- Guiding by at least one and often two professional guides throughout the day
- All entrance fees to reserves we visit
- Use of our field guides to help with identification
- Use of our top-of-the-range telescopes to help you enjoy the best views of the birds
- Free loan of binoculars on the day if requested in advance
- An individual checklist of the birds we encounter
What is not included?
- Transport to and from our agreed meeting point
- Any meals, drinks or snacks
- Travel/medical insurance
- Any items of a personal nature
Alan Davies and Ruth Miller have been running their popular birding tours in North Wales as Birdwatching Trips for over ten years. Alan is born and bred here and has written the definitive guide on where to watch birds in North Wales so nobody knows the area for birdwatching better than him. Ruth is a member of North Wales Tour Guide Association and in addition to the birdwatching, she is able to additional guiding to the best historical and cultural sites this amazing part of the country has to offer. We make a donation to the North Wales Wildlife Trust for every guest joining our tours so by booking with Birdwatching Trips, you know that you are also supporting the conservation of the very birds you are enjoying.
We take a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests on our set departure daytrips to ensure everyone has the best possible experience on our trip. We always take our time to enjoy every bird we encounter and allow time for taking photographs too. Our Birdwatching Daytrips are perfect for everyone, whether you have just discovered the joy of birdwatching or have been birdwatching for many years. Sorry but we are not able to take guests under the age of 16 on our daytrips. If you would like a custom birdwatching daytrip just for one person or two people booking at the same time, please contact us and we will be delighted to put together a custom daytrip tailored for you.
Our daytrips are at a relaxed pace generally graded as Easy. Walks are on trails and footpaths which may have an uneven surface. You should be able to walk unaided at least a mile on rough or uneven surfaces. Please contact us if you have any concerns over your participation.
We make a donation to the North Wales Wildlife Trust for every guest joining us on the tour so you know that you are supporting the conservation of the very birds you are enjoying. We also make a point of visiting local cafes for lunch during our tour to support the local community.
We are happy to help with suggestions for great places to stay in Llandudno before and after the trip. We can offer a door-to-door service on the day for anyone staying in accommodation in Llandudno.
We ask for a 100% payment upon booking. Please ask if you would like us to send you our Terms and Conditions.
No matter what the weather forecast may say, we recommend bringing a waterproof jacket, waterproof overtrousers and waterproof walking boots just in case. Feel free to bring spare layers, hats and gloves, there’s always plenty of room for spare kit, clothing and equipment. And despite rumours to the contrary, it is often sunny in Wales, so don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Entrance fees are included, but our daytrips do not include lunch or any extra drinks or snacks so you will need to bring some cash or a credit/debit card for this. Some of the smaller cafes and tearooms that we visit may prefer you to pay in cash.