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The Very Best of Anglesey Daytrip
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This is one of our most popular guided birdwatching daytrips and is the perfect introduction to birdwatching on the Isle of Anglesey at any time of year. We tour this beautiful island visiting the very best birdwatching locations, including forest, estuaries, seacliffs and lagoons, where we will look for the special birds and mammals each of these varied habitats has to offer.

Day 1
Full Day Trip

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 at RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve at 8am and continue on together from there. We drive along the North Wales coast and cross the Britannia Bridge onto the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, or Ynys Môn to give it its Welsh name.

We drive to the furthest point of Anglesey to the RSPB Nature Reserve of South Stack. The dramatic cliffs here are stunning at any time of year but in May, they are packed with breeding seabirds. Expect an assault on all the senses as we enjoy watching this busy seabird colony looking for Common Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Fulmar and more. Offshore, Gannets and Manx Shearwaters may be passing, and sharp eyes may even pick out a harbour porpoise surfing the tide race. Rock Pipits, Ravens and Red-billed Chough are other specialists of this superb area and as we walk a stretch of the coastal path, we can enjoy superb views of these birds. If time permits, we may visit a freshwater lagoon either before or after lunch, a great place for Great Crested and Little Grebes, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, while the reeds throb with Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings

After a delicious lunch at a lovely seaside café, we head to a new destination on the north coast of Anglesey. Here is Wales’s largest tern colony so we can be assured of plenty of exciting birds to look for here. Sandwich Terns, Arctic Terns and Common Terns all breed here, and it is a good place to look for Mediterranean Gulls too. Looking offshore we have more chances of Gannets and Manx Shearwaters, while Turnstones and Ringed Plovers may potter along the stony shore and Atlantic grey seals bask on the rocks in the sunshine. A walk through the damp fields may give us some migrant species such as Northern Wheatears and with luck a glorious Yellow Wagtail.

It’s hard to tear ourselves away from this beautiful stretch of coastline but at the end of the day, we drive back to RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve by 5pm when the reserve closes.

Great Crested Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Little Owl, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Wheatear, Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Chough, Raven, Linnet, Reed Bunting. Great Crested Grebe, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Shag, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Little Owl, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Chough, Raven, 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, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Garganey, Eider, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, 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, Little Owl, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Goldcrest, Chough, Raven, Brambling, Siskin, Lapland Bunting, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, Shag, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Whooper Swan, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Wigeon, Pintail, Eider, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Knot, Purple Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Chough, Raven, Brambling, Siskin, Linnet, Reed Bunting

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  1. A Welsh day trip
    Yvonne Longley16 Feb 2019
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    Welsh day trip An early morning start on 16th February 2019, travelling to Llandudno to meet Alan Davies and Ruth Miller along with two other birders, for a “Best of North Wales” birdwatching day trip. It was a chilly and blustery day, but then it was February. With a fantastic start to the day with a Rose coloured starling, superb views. Then to head to Anglesey, where we caught up with Pale-bellied Brent Geese, lots of waders including Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin & Grey Plover. A short drive to Holyhead harbour to find Red-breasted Mergansers very close views & a couple of Black Guillemots also showing well. We headed to McDonalds (not for lunch) but to see Hooded crow, before breaking for a lovely lunch at a very warm and friendly cafe. Time to head back out and brave the conditions, not to be disappointed, we caught up with Long-tailed duck, Goldeneye, Lapwing, Goosander, Teal, Gadwall, Greylag and Canada Geese, Chough, Peregrine, Kestrel, we also had a brief stop at a Forrest and encountered lots of woodland birds. I can honestly say I had the most amazing day, so much so I booked another trip visiting another area of North Wales on the 27th February. Again seeing more fantastic birds. I can honestly say Alan and Ruth are fantastic and ensure a full, fun, day with so many species. Alan and Ruth cater for both new and experienced birders alike and for any beginner birder, don’t be afraid to ask as both Alan and Ruth are more than happy to explain. Definitely 10 out of 10 and really looking forward to my next trip, very soon.
  2. Anglesey Daytrip
    Jayne Westmoreland29 Jan 2019
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    We headed out to Anglesey in a very comfortable 4x4, the weather was not at its best but then it was January! Throughout the day there were plenty of laughs and some great birds due to Alan and Ruth's expert guiding. We battled the winds and a hailstorm on the cliff side at South Stack but still managed to see some lovely Chough. We warmed up with a lovely lunch and then set off again. Not only special birds, but days to day birds as well kept coming as we went to many beautiful areas across the Island, Alan and Ruth know the area well and where to find the birds. There was a real highlight for me when Alan spotted a Merlin and we all had wonderful views. I hadn't seen one of these beautiful birds for quite a few years so I was really pleased. We ended our day on the edge of an estuary in the marshland, soaking up the wonderful surroundings and the sights and sounds of birdlife preparing to roost. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

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Alan Davies and Ruth Miller are the experts to offer you the perfect guided birdwatching daytrip in North Wales. With many years’ experience in running popular guided daytrips throughout the year, we know just where to go for the best birds. Alan has written the acclaimed “Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales” guide to the region, and we are also always in touch with the latest bird news so we can look for any special birds that may be in the area. Ruth has written two popular books on birdwatching and tearoom walks in North Wales, so we really have all bases covered! Our luxurious but rugged 4x4 vehicle ensures that we can get you to all the best birdwatching locations in comfort, and we carry our top of the range optics with us at all times to give you superb views of the birds. We believe in taking our time to enjoy good looks at all the birds we encounter and we’re happy to answer any birding questions during the day to give you the best possible experience on your Birdwatching Daytrip. But most of all, we believe that birdwatching is to be enjoyed and you can expect a bird-packed and fun-filled guided birdwatching daytrip with us! Please note that all our birdwatching daytrips may involve going up and down steps, and a walk of up to a mile unaided over rough and uneven ground. Please contact us if you think this may be an issue and we will do our best to work around this with you for your special day.

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