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Birdwatching Magazine Exclusive Best of North Wales Guided Birdwatching Tour

24th - 28th January 2015

We're thrilled to be working with Bird Watching Magazine again to offer their readers an exclusive guided birdwatching tour for January 2015: The Best of North Wales.

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Charismatic Chough, one of our target species

January is a wonderful time to visit North Wales to enjoy masses of overwintering wildfowl and waders plus our resident birds. Against a backdrop of a wide variety of habitats and stunning scenery, ranging from mountains and valleys, estuaries and coastline, ancient woodlands and pine forests, North Wales offers you the perfect location for a winter birdwatching break.


Day one

Our tour starts with arrival at the Princes Arms Hotel in the picturesque Conwy Valley in time for lunch. After lunch we visit RSPB Conwy where we can expect to enjoy waders and wildfowl at close range.

Day two

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 raptors, waders and wintering wildfowl on the pools, lakes and estuaries of the island. A visit to RSPB South Stack will be one of the highlights on this day.

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The dramatic cliffs at South Stack

Day three

Today we head south to the coast of the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula in search of seaducks. We hope to find Long-tailed Ducks and flocks of Scoter. We will also look for wintering Whooper Swans, Pale-bellied Brent Geese and Great Northern Divers, all in stunning scenery.

Day Four

We head east to the Dee Estuary in search of more raptors, wildfowl and waders and who knows, perhaps a Great White Egret or other scarce birds. A visit to RSPB Burton Mere will be part of this exciting day.

Day Five

We spend the morning exploring the Conwy Valley and adjacent woodlands in search of the elusive Hawfinch amongst other species. We return to the hotel for lunch before guests depart for their homeward journey at the end of our North Wales tour.

The exact itinerary may change due to latest bird information, weather, tides or other circumstances beyond our control.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese on Anglesey

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, also on our target list

During the tour we will look for such exciting species as:
Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Shag, Whooper Swan, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Rock Pipit, Dipper, Stonechat, Chough, Hawfinch and any other rarities that may occur at this great time of year. Expect to enjoy around 120 species on the tour.

Both Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, who have many years’ experience as professional bird guides, will be guiding this birdwatching tour. Alan is author of the popularly-acclaimed site guide entitled ‘Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales’ and Ruth has published a series of birdwatching and walking guides to North Wales called ‘Birds, Boots and Butties’.

Frozen River Conwy

The Conwy Valley always looks stunning, even in snow!

The tour is based at the Princes Arms Hotel in Trefriw, in the Conwy Valley. This lovely country hotel overlooks the Conwy River so the birdwatching begins right on the doorstep. A warm welcome awaits from hosts Lindsay and Anne Gordon and the wonderful food will be an added bonus of the tour. Additional nights, pre or post tour, can be arranged at the hotel. Website

The price of this exclusive tour for Bird Watching Magazine is £750 per person, no single supplement.

What is included in the price of this tour:

  • Guiding throughout by both Alan and Ruth
  • Transport in a comfortable minibus
  • Use of our top-of-the-range telescopes
  • Use of our field guides
  • A personal checklist of the birds we will be looking for
  • Four night’s accommodation in a comfortable en suite room
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from lunch on day one through to lunch on day five
  • All entrance fees to reserves
  • An evening presentation by Alan and Ruth

What is not included in the price of this tour:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transport to and from the Princes Arms at the start and end of the tour
  • Any extra drinks or snacks taken during the tour
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Transfer from Llandudno Junction railway station to and from the hotel can be arranged at no extra cost.

Please email us on to book your place. We look forward to sharing some great North Wales birding with you!

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