Join us for a spectacular three day birding tour of the wild and windswept North Aberdeenshire Coast. One of the most under-watched areas of the UK, your guide John Poyner has worked and birded this region for over 20 years and knows it better than most. From hidden coves and migrant gullies to miles of sweeping beaches and secluded estuaries, including the spectacular Loch of Strathbeg Reserve the area boasts a myriad of habitats and bird life. After a night in Grantown on Spey we head across to spend two nights on the Aberdeenshire Coastline, returning for your last night back in Grantown. It really is a bird packed few days with a target list of around 100 species.
Day 1. Arrival at the Grant Arms Hotel
Day 2. We head off towards the most northern tip of the region exploring the coast around Fraserburgh and RSPB Loch of Strathbeg reserve. Waders, Gulls and a bit of sea-watching for passing Terns ,Skuas and Shearwaters is always a must. Making our way south we call in to check several well-known migrant hot-spots and finish our day at a comfortable small hotel near the Ythan Estuary.
Day 3. A full day exploring the sweeping coastline around the Ythan Estuary, famous for its teeming flocks of waders, Terns, Eiders and fishing Ospreys. We also visit several lesser known freshwater lochs and woodland habitats. Early migration should now be underway so there’s always a chance of any rarity turning up as well as the first returning wintering species. Bird lists for the day easily climbing up above 60 species.
Day 4. We take a leisurely drive back towards Grantown after a final few hours at a few more spots around the estuary, or even a bit of sea-watching for off the nearby dunes depending on weather and conditions.
Please note the exact itinerary is for guidance only and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions. Later trips will of course include more wintering species as they arrive, particularly sea-ducks and geese.
* Extra nights added can be booked by Highland Nature on your behalf, payable direct to Grant Arms on departure
What's included in your package?
* 4 nights DBB accommodation and packed lunches
* Transport throughout the holiday including ferry fares.
* The services of local guide John Poyner throughout the break. John lives locally and has been working as a Bird & Wildlife Guide throughout the Highlands and Islands for over 20 years, previously working for RSPB Scotland as an assistant warden and two of Scotland's leading wildlife tour companies. He now runs Highland Nature, and is Wildlife Guide for the BWWC at the Grant Arms Hotel. In any spare time, John also works as a freelance environmental consultant surveying upland birds for renewable energy developments.
What's Not Included in your Package?
All alcoholic drinks, tips, any incidental expenses of a personal nature.
Number in group is limited to a maximum of 7 people.
For further details contact us on 01479 821357 / (07875) 094666 (mob) Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below and we will make a preliminary booking for you. To secure this we can take a deposit by Cheque or Bank Transfer, details will be sent.
Once we have received your balance we will confirm the booking in writing. Please read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
And finally..........HOW DO I GET HERE?
By Car: Main roads are kept well cleared in Scotland in winter, local councils are well equipped and used to snow! Grantown is accessed via the main A9 north from Glasgow, a major trunk road.
By Train: Services daily to Aviemore from Kings Cross. We offer a free pick up and drop of service to the station by arrangement.
By Air: Inverness airport is just over an hours drive away. Full details of flights available here.
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