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Uplands and Estuaries Birdwatching Trip, Wales - 1 Day

Uplands and Estuaries Birdwatching Trip, Wales
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Birding in Wales Moors and Estuaries Trip

This exciting Birdwatching Wales day trip offers a real contrast of habitats as we divide our time between upland moors and broad estuaries. Join us as we look for the special birds each of these habitats has to offer.

This exclusive day trip is for one person alone or for two people booking together to offer you the highest level of individual attention and the best possible view of the very special birds we will be looking for.

Nothing can beat being out on the moors in the early morning, watching the sun rise and listening to the atmospheric sounds of birds across the moors, this is a birdwatching Wales experience you will never forget! Expect wild open spaces, huge skies, expansive views and plenty of fresh air. We'll be looking for upland birds such as grouse and raptors. After our early start, we'll head to one of our favourite eateries to enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast/brunch before continuing our Welsh birdwatching at lower altitude on an immense estuary, such a contrast in habitat and bird species in one birdwatching Wales daytrip. Here on the estuary, we'll be looking for waders and wildfowl, and again more raptors are possible here.  As we'll have made an early start, we'll finish our Welsh birdwatching around mid afternoon, with a great list of birds and a full memory (and possibly memory card if photography's your thing) of amazing bird encounters. This is a very special daytrip which we offer on a custom basis for just one person or two people booking together and one of our very favourites. We know you will love your birdwatching Wales daytrip on the moors and estuaries with us.

Highlights of your daytrip may include:

  • The incredible sight and sound of lekking Black Grouse
  • Encounters with iconic migrant species such as Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher
  • Spot a Dipper or Grey Wagtail bobbing on a rock in a rushing mountain stream
  • Following the flight of a Goshawk in binoculars as it powers along the ridgeline
  • Tucking into a delicious full Welsh breakfast after an invigorating early morning's birding, it tastes so much better!

We are certified 'Good to Go' by VisitWales.

Alternative Tour Name: Uplands and Estuaries Guided Birdwatching Daytrip
Day 1
Full Day Trip

We make a very early start to be up on the moors at dawn. We explore the areas of open heather upland looking for moorland specialists including Black and Red Grouse, Stonechat, Peregrine and always the chance of a Hen Harrier. Following tumbling streams down off the moors through narrow valleys we look for Dipper and Grey Wagtail. We stop for a delicious and well-earned cooked breakfast (sorry but this isn't included in the daytrip) before making our way to the wide expanse of the Dee Estuary. Here we will be visiting a variety of habitats around this superb estuary looking for waders, wildfowl and more raptors. Target species include Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, Lapwing, and with luck, perhaps a Merlin dashing through.

Our target species on the moors will be Black Grouse and Red Grouse. Depending on the time of year we may also encounter Wheatear, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit, Cuckoo, Crossbill, Stonechat, Skylark, Ring Ouzel, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Peregrine. We look for Dipper and Grey Wagtail along the mountain streams and in spring/summer we may encounter Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher. Down on the Dee Estuary, we look for waders and wildfowl, raptors and warblers depending on the time of year.

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
  • Tips

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Why book with Birdwatching Trips?

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.

What are your group sizes?

We run this exclusive daytrip for one person alone or for two people booking together in order to offer you the best possible experience on this special day.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this daytrip?

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.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the daytrip?

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.

How do I pay?

We ask for a 100% payment upon booking. Please ask if you would like us to send you our Terms and Conditions.

What should I bring for this daytrip?

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.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Entrance fees are included, but our daytrips do not include any meals or 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.

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This tour is operated by: Birdwatching Trips

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Tour Facts

  • North Wales
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1-2 guests
  • 1 day
  • 16+ years
  • Leisurely
  • No