North Wales Birdwatching with BBC Springwatch Presenter
This is a 5- day North Wales Birding Tour in February with Iolo Williams so come and visit us here to get your year off to a great start with our exciting blend of resident and winter birds and wildlife. Add to this the wide variety of habitats and stunning scenery, ranging from mountains to coastline, woodland and estuaries, and you have the perfect mix for your North Wales Birdwatching Tour with BBC Springwatch Presenter Iolo Williams!
Experience this wonderful north wales birding adventure to see plenty of exciting birds during your stay in this beautiful part of the world! And with BBC Springwatch's Iolo Williams on hand to share with you the amazing wildlife of North Wales as well as some of the behind-the-scenes stories from the iconic wildlife TV series, you know you will have a wonderful Birdwatching Trip. This is your chance to have the real Springwatch experience first-hand here in Wales!
Join our special group of just six guests as we explore the very best bird- and wildlife-watching locations that beautiful North Wales has to offer. Each day we will head off in a different direction to enjoy watching the special North Wales birds and with our signature high guide-to-guest ratio with BBC Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams joining us on the team, you can expect lots of individual attention and the very best views of all the wildlife we encounter. North Wales offers a real range of habitats packed into a compact area so we can maximise our time out and about enjoying the very best birdwatching holiday in North Wales.
Just five of the highlights of this exciting trip are:
- Spending five exclusive days in the company of Iolo Williams, a superb naturalist and BBC wildlife presenter
- Witnessing the spectacular sight of Black Grouse at their lek
- Plenty of exciting winter wildlife to enjoy on this special small-group tour
- Warm and cosy hotel with wildlife-watching right from your bedroom window
- Delicious meals majoring on local Welsh product
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Alternative Tour Name: North Wales Birdwatching with Celebrity BBC Springwatch Presenter Iolo Williams
Our tour starts with arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley in time to check in to the hotel before we have lunch together with your guides, Iolo, Alan and Ruth. After lunch we explore the Conwy Valley where we may see Goshawk, Red Kite, Redwing, Fieldfare, wildfowl and more. Overnight at the Princes Arms Hotel where we stay throughout the tour.
We visit the beautiful island of Anglesey with its dramatic coastal scenery. Chough and Black Guillemot will be high on our wanted list but we will also look for waders, wildfowl, raptors and seabirds. A visit to RSPB South Stack will be one of the highlights on this day to see the dramatic sea-cliffs. Other bird highlights could include Great Northern Diver, pale-bellied Brent Geese, Pintail, Golden Plover and Water Rail. We may also see harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and red squirrels, sure to be an exciting day.
We explore the North Wales coast, visit a number of wonderful birdwatching sites in this bird-rich area looking for flocks of wildfowl and waders and raptors. Keeping our eyes peeled, we may encounter a colourful Kingfisher. If the sea conditions are calm, we will check the vast flocks of Common Scoter offshore here and may be lucky enough to pick out a rare American Surf Scoter amongst the masses of duck here. In the evening we may take a walk by the Conwy River, close to the hotel, where we may encounter a Woodcock.
Weather permitting, we may make an early start to look for both Black Grouse and Red Grouse on the high moors. These uplands also hold Ravens and raptors and we may be lucky enough to encounter Goshawk and Peregrine. Afterwards, we will head for the Dee Estuary to visit the wonderful RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, for masses of waders and wildfowl, and always the chance for more raptors, including the enigmatic Hen Harrier.
We spend the morning exploring RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Here we will enjoy close views of waders and wildfowl, perhaps the chance of Kingfisher and stunning views of Conwy Castle and the mountains of Snowdonia. In recent years, this reserve has become a regular site for wintering Firecrest. We return to the hotel for lunch before guests depart for their homeward journey at the end of our North Wales tour. Please note that the exact itinerary may change due to latest bird news, weather, tides or other circumstances beyond our control.
During the tour, we will be looking for:
Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Shag, Little Egret, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, pale-bellied Brent Goose, Pintail, Eider, Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Water Rail, Golden Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Stonechat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Firecrest, Great Grey Shrike, Chough, Raven, Brambling, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Common Crossbill, Bullfinch, Hawfinch, Reed Bunting and any other scarce and rare birds that may be around at this great time of year. Expect to enjoy around 120 species of bird on the tour.
What is included?
- Guiding by BBC TV Celebrity Iolo Williams and professional guides Alan and Ruth throughout the trip
- Four nights’ ensuite accommodation in a very comfortable country hotel, no single room supplement
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from lunch on day one to lunch on day five with a soft drink
- Use of our top-of-the-range telescopes to help you enjoy the best views of the birds
- Use of our field guides to help with identification
- Free loan of binoculars on the trip if requested in advance
- A checklist of the birds we encounter
- All entrance fees to reserves we visit
- All activities as specified in the itinerary
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/medical insurance
- Any items of a personal nature
- Additional nights’ accommodation, activities and meals/drinks not specified in the itinerary
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 stay in an extremely comfortable country hotel in the beautiful Conwy Valley. All rooms are ensuite with king-size beds with Egyptian cotton bedlinen and deluxe oversize bath towels, just what you need to relax at the end of an exciting day’s birdwatching. The hotel offers a well-stocked bar, and offers delicious meals based on the very best local Welsh produce. Special dietary requirements are catered for, please just let us know in advance
We only take a maximum of six guests on our tours 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 Trips 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 tours.
Our tour starts and ends at our hotel, but we are happy to help with airport transfer arrangements from Manchester International Airport. We can also offer a free transfer at a convenient time from the nearest railway station, Llandudno Junction, at the start and end of the tour. Regular trains from London, Manchester and Chester stop here.
We are happy to confirm that there is NO SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT on this tour.
This tour is 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.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
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 reserve additional nights’ accommodation at the hotel before and/or after the Birding tour.
We ask for a 20% deposit upon booking with the balance of payment due by 70 days before travel. Please ask if you would like us to send you our Terms and Conditions.
We send all our guests our Travel Tips and Packing Suggestions upon booking on the tour to help them prepare and pack for the tour.
Please let us know of any special dietary requirements on your booking form; our hotel is very experienced in meeting specific requirements.
This tour is fully inclusive. However, you will need to pay for any extras at the hotel or during the tour. The hotel takes most credit/debit cards but a small amount of cash may be useful.