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Enjoy Great Birdwatching in North Wales with Alan and Ruth of The Biggest Twitch

For the latest information about our exciting birdwatching daytrips in and around North Wales and the northwest of England, our UK tours and our overseas trips, please click on the following link to go to our new website

Join us at BirdwatchingTrips with The Biggest Twitch for the very best birdwatching trips in North Wales, across the UK and further afield

North Wales is a wonderful location for birdwatching with a huge range of species and habitats packed into a small area. Having written the successful site guide 'Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales' nobody knows more about birdwatching in North Wales than Alan and Ruth. As THE local birdwatching experts we know all about being in the right places to see the birds, but we know it's just as important to enjoy yourself at the same time. That's why we only take small groups and always spend plenty of time enjoying the views of all the birds we encounter. Find out more about our custom-made and small group tours to the best birdwatching destinations in North Wales. It's your chance to be guided by the world record-breaking birders. Email us on for more information.

Testimonial from two visitors we helped enjoy great Welsh birding
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Stop Press! Still spaces available on the following set departure day trips:

  • The Very Best of Anglesey

    We tour this beautiful island visiting the very best birdwatching locations, including forest, estuaries, cliffs and lagoons, looking for the special birds and mammals each of these varied habitats has to offer. We'll keep an eye out for returning migrant waders, and we will also look for our local specialities, the charismatic Chough and Black Guillemot, while keeping an eye out for seals, porpoises and engaging red squirrels. Expect plenty of wildlife on this fun day on the island!
    £70 per person

    Monday 22nd September 2014
    Tuesday 14th October 2014
    Tuesday 4th November 2014

    For more information and to book your place, please click on
    If you can't make these dates, custom tours can be arranged on a date to suit you, contact us on

  • The Very Best of North Wales

    The variety of habitats in this area enables us to visit lagoons, estuary, woodland, water meadows, coastal cliffs and seashore, all in a bird-packed day. Our target species may include Chough, Black Guillemot, Red Kite, resident breeding birds and any migrants on the move. We'll also be in touch with the very latest bird news so we can also look for any special birds in the area. Expect to see a lot of birds!
    £70 per person

    Tuesday 23rd September 2014
    Saturday 25th October 2014
    Wednesday 5th November 2014

    For more information and to book your place, please click on

    If you can't make these dates, custom tours can be arranged on a date to suit you, contact us on

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    Charismatic Chough!

  • Waders, wildfowl and raptors galore: Birding on the Dee Estuary

    Autumn is the perfect time for a Day out on the Dee! We have an excellent chance of encountering some scarce raptors along with huge numbers of wildfowl and waders. We explore a range of habitats and locations on the Welsh and English side of this huge estuary. Expect to see a lot of birds!
    £70 per person

    Monday 29th September 2014

    If you can't make this date, custom tours can be arranged on a date to suit you, contact us on

  • Meres and Marshes

    Enjoy huge numbers of waders and wildfowl as well as returning geese, raptors and any other species we may encounter as we visit the wonderful reserves of WWT Martinmere and RSPB Marshside on this bird-packed day out. Expect to see a great bird spectacle!
    £85 per person for WWT and RSPB members, non-members may have to pay an entrance fee

    Tuesday 4th November 2014

    If you can't make this date, please contact us on for a custom tour.

    Unless indicated, all day trips are £70 per person based on a minimum of at least 2 people booked the tour. If you would like a custom-made tour for just you or your party, please email us on for details.

    Price includes: full day’s guiding, transport in the Birdmobile, checklist, use of our top-of-the-range Leica telescopes and field guide. Price does not include food, snacks, drinks or any items of a personal nature. Booking essential!

    Most trips start at Conwy RSPB at 8am, but please contact us for more details as this may vary on certain tours. If you're interested in any of these daytrips, please email us on for more information and to book your place.


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    We also run the following weekend and longer birding tours:

  • Exclusive Bird Watching Magazine Readers' Best of North Wales Tour

    We're thrilled to be working again with Bird Watching Magazine to offer our Best of North Wales Tour again in January 2015. For more details, please see Bird Watching Magazine Exclusive Tour 2015. Sorry, this trip is now fully-booked but we'd still love to share great birdwatching in North Wales with you. Please contact us on and we will put together a custom birdwatching holiday in North Wales to suit you.

  • Norfolk Guided Birdwatching Trips

    There's nowhere better to enjoy some wonderful birding at any time of year than the North Norfolk coast. We run our popular 3-day and 4-day trips all year round, so why not join us for a brilliant bird-filled holiday. Contact us on for more information. Our next trip to Norfolk is a special small-group fully inclusive tour, scheduled on:

    Thursday 30th October - Sunday 2nd November 2014 - Sorry, this trip is now fully-booked!
    Please email us on for more information about our future trips to Norfolk in 2015 or to arrange a custom tour just to suit you.

    £845 per person for our exclusive small-group 4-day tour on a fully inclusive basis, ie including breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

    Norfolk tours run throughout the year so please ask for more details. We can also a arrange a custom tour just for you.

    Email us on for more details about our guided Norfolk 3-day birding trips.

    We also offer our popular week-long Norfolk Houseparty Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th February 2015 for some wonderful winter birding. Email us on for more details about this exciting bird-packed week.

  • The best of the Scottish Highlands

    On our 5-day tours to this dramatic part of the world, we will visit some of the most reknowned bird- and wildlife-watching sites in the UK. We will visit the famous RSPB reserve at Loch Garten, the beautiful Findhorn Valley and the impressive Cairngorm Mountain amongst others. Our targets will include the best wildlife this region has to offer ranging from the Golden Eagle to the Crested Tit, the elusive Capercaillie and Ptarmigan, and charismatic mammals including Red Squirrel, Red and Roe Deer, Bottle-nosed Dolphins and maybe a glimpse of a Pine Martin.
    £895 per person for this 5-day trip on a fully-inclusive basis.
    Please see Guided birdwatching trip to the Scottish Highlands for more information or email us on for more details.

    Our next Highlands tour will be Wednesday 8th October to Sunday 12th October 2014. Sorry this tour is now fully-booked Please email us on for more information about our future trips to the Scottish Highlands in 2015 or to discuss a custom tour on a date to suit you.

  • Farne Islands & Northumberland Coast

    Due to popular demand, we run this as a custom tour. If you'd like to enjoy the mind-blowing spectacle of the seabird colonies on this wild and beautiful coastline, do email us on for information. If you've never visited this part of the UK before, you're in for a real treat. See Guided Birdwatching Tours in Northumberland for more details of our previous trips.

    If any of the dates for our longer birdwatching tours above don't suit you, just get in touch with us and we can arrange a custom tour on a date that's perfect for you.

    For more details about any of these tours, please contact us on or We look forward to hearing rom you.

    RSPB ConwyThere is no-one better to show you the wonderful birds of North Wales than Alan Davies and Ruth Miller of The Biggest Twitch.

    Alan is co-author of Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales published in 2008 and he has over thirty years' experience of finding the very best birds. He runs Birdline Wales and Birdline North West, the successful information service established in 1990, run by birdwatchers for birdwatchers, so with access to up-to-the minute bird information, he is in a unique position to know just what birds are being seen and where.

    Ruth has written two walking/birding guides to North Wales and is currently working on new editions for her popular series “Birds, Boots and Butties”.

    Alan and Ruth are both former RSPB staff members: Alan was Site Manager at RSPB Conwy for six years prior to 2008, and Ruth was Head of Trading at the RSPB headquarters in Sandy,Bedfordshire.

    Together they undertook an expedition to break the world record for the number of bird species seen in a single year. Travelling the whole world in 2008, they set a new world record of 4,341 bird species, visiting 27 countries during their quest. Their birding knowledge is considerable, and they love nothing better than sharing great birds with others.

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    They are based in Llandudno mid-way along the North Wales coast, an ideal location to base yourself to reach all the best birding sites. Here there is a huge choice of accommodation available to suit all budgets.

    Alan and Ruth are very experienced bird guides, having led for Tropical Birding, the American Birding Association, Shetland Wildlife, Celtic Bird Tours, as well as leading many private tours for small groups and individuals.

    Who better to show you the great birds and habitats of North Wales?

    North Wales provides great birding all year round. Here are just a few of the seasonal highlights we would love to show you.


    Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Common Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, both Red and Black Grouse, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Goshawk, Merlin, Peregrine, Lapwing, Black Guillemot, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Dipper, Stonechat, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Red-billed Chough, Twite, Common Crossbill.



    Winter – Divers, grebes, wildfowl, raptors including Red Kites and Hen Harriers at roost sites, Purple Sandpiper, gulls, Great Grey Shrike, Crossbills, Twite, Snow Bunting and in most winters, a rarity or two.

    Snow Bunting

    Snow Bunting

    Spring – Divers and grebes linger often in breeding plumage, wildfowl, seabirds including Puffin and Pomarine Skua, raptors including an excellent chance of Goshawk, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Merlin, and Osprey, Black Grouse will be displaying, just magic! Waders, terns, returning and passage migrants will be on your list, just anything can turn up.

    Black Grouse

    Black Grouse

    Summer – all the classic Welsh birds including Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and Wood Warbler. We can still see Black Grouse, and all the raptors mentioned above, while seabird and tern colonies will be in full swing, and enjoy seabirds including Manx Shearwater and everyone’s favourite, Puffins. Nightjars will be churring in upland forests. Raptors should include Osprey, Red Kite, Hen Harrier and Peregrine.



    Autumn – Enjoy seabirds, wildfowl, waders, raptors, returning migrants and rarities - at this time of year anything can, and does, turn up. Expect the unexpected should be your watchword. All resident birds can be found with dedication!

    Dunlin flock

    Dunlin flock

    South StackNorth Wales really has got it all: wonderful birds, beautiful scenery and the perfect guides to ensure you have a really outstanding birding experience!

    We offer

  • full day
  • weekend
  • week long
  • or any length of itinerary to suit you.

Our tours can be custom made to your requirements. We can make our birding as leisurely as you like, or pick up the pace and squeeze every last minute from the day. The choice is yours.

Expect to see around 80 species in a full day out at a steady pace with plenty of time to really enjoy the birds.



As you can see a wonderful array of birds await you! One of the big advantages of running tours in North Wales is that the sites are all within easy reach of a central base. This means more time birding and less time driving. With the range of accommodation available in this popular tourist area, there is something to fit all budgets. We have a new seven seater people carrier, with large sun roof for on-the-raod raptor viewing, in which to transport you in comfort with excellent visibility. Packed lunches and or breakfasts in the field can be arranged.

Please contact us at for the best value birdwatching tours. Customer care is our highest priority and we will do everything possible to make your tour a wonderful experience.



Should you have any questions or require further details please do not hesitate to ask, we are here to help make your birding the best it can possibly be! We look forward to birding with you.

Alan and Ruth.

Email or Tel 07778 677141


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