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A birding extravaganza!

A weekend of Shear Madness: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st July 2013

Why not join us going wild for a weekend in mid-Wales this July. If you enjoy amazing bird spectacles in beautiful locations, you’ll love this weekend summer birding break.

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Shear madness! photo by Janet Baxter

On our visit to this stunning but often overlooked part of mid-Wales, we will be looking for some of the most amazing and charismatic birds that this country has to offer. We will be getting up close and personal with raptors including Ospreys and Red Kites and, who knows, maybe a Goshawk if we’re fortunate. At this time of year, seabirds including Manx Shearwaters and Gannets pass this coast close inshore providing a breath-taking spectacle as Janet Baxter’s photos from last year show. We’ll also be looking for waders, warblers and many more on this bird-packed weekend which we have deliberately designed to maximise the birds and minimise the amount of annual leave needed!

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Gannets and Manx Shearwater in a feeding frenzy, photo by Janet Baxter

We are sure you will love the area with its beautiful scenery and amazing bird encounters. We will be staying in a delightful, country house B&B in a beautiful setting, which has lovely comfortable en suite rooms, and offers excellent breakfasts, and will take our lunches and dinners as we go, making the most of the long daylight hours.

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How close do you like your Manx Shearwaters?! photo by Janet Baxter


Friday 19th July:

Our tour starts from agreed pick-up points in North Wales early evening or at an agreed location en route. Approximate departure time 6.00pm but exact time to be confirmed. Drive to Machynlleth area in mid-Wales, birding on the way. Overnight near Machynlleth in our comfortable B&B.

Saturday 20th July:

Our exact itinerary on Saturday and Sunday will depend on the latest bird news and local weather conditions. However, we can guarantee that our day will be spent visiting some very special birding locations indeed. Exact timings will depend upon tides but our day will include plenty of time along the coast near Aberystwyth looking for seabirds. In previous years, many thousands of Manx Shearwaters have massed just offshore, giving amazing views. We will also be visiting the Dyfi Osprey Project and a nearby Red Kite feeding station, so don’t forget to bring along your camera for some outstanding photo opportunities. We will also visit RSPB Ynys-hir which offers a wide selection of habitats including woodland, marshland and estuary so we are likely to encounter a variety of wader and warbler species here. If time permits, we will also pay a visit to a beach where Mediterranean Gulls have gathered in large flocks, another incredible sight in this weekend of birding spectacles. Overnight near Machynlleth in our comfortable B&B.

Sunday 21st July:

Our exact itinerary for the day will depend on bird news, tide times and where we have visited on Saturday. We will visit any of the locations mentioned above that we have not already had a chance to explore, and if time permits we will call in again for a second chance of some amazing bird spectacles! We will drive back to our agreed drop-off point in North Wales mid-evening where our tour concludes.

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Thousands of seabirds passing just offshore, photo by Janet Baxter

Our tour includes: 2 nights’ en suite accommodation in a double or twin room on a bed and breakfast basis (no single supplement), transport throughout the trip from agreed pick-up point, all entrance fees, use of our field guide and two top-of-the-range Leica telescopes, guiding throughout the trip with both Alan and Ruth of The Biggest Twitch, and individual checklists of the birds.

The price for this tour is £365 per person, minimum of three and maximum of six participants.

The price does not include: Meals, snacks or drinks apart from breakfast; individual travel insurance; any items of a personal nature.

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Not just seabirds, we'll be looking for plenty of other species on this bird-packed weekend

Amongst the birds that we may encounter on this wonderful weekend are:
Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Little Egret, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Goshawk, Buzzard, Peregrine, Grey Plover, Knot, Common Sandpiper, Arctic Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Razorbill, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, Pied Flycatcher, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Raven, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting.

The main aim of this weekend is to see the mind-blowing spectacle of the seabirds feeding offshore, something that has to be seen to be believed!

To reserve your place on this tour or to ask for more details, please call us on 01492 872407 or email us on

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing a wonderful mid-Wales bird spectacle with you!


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