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New destination: Montenegro – register your interest now!

Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park

Nestled in the heart of the Balkans, the small country of Montenegro is a ‘hidden jewel’ that lies on the Adriatic coast and boasts some spectacular scenery. In the spring Montenegro plays host to a wide variety of waders and small songbirds such as Subalpine Warbler, Collared Flycatcher and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler as they return north for the breeding season, joining the country’s native birds, making this an excellent (and relatively unexplored) destination for the keen naturalist.
 
We are delighted to announce a new 9-day tour designed to coincide with the spring migration. The holiday will begin with a flight to the historic Croatian city of Dubrovnik. From here we drive south-east into Montenegro, around the magnificent Bay of Kotor to Virpazar, on the north-west shore of Lake Skadar, where we’ll be based for four days. Lake Skadar is home to the most westerly breeding population of Dalmatian Pelicans as well as thousands of Pygmy Cormorants. During our stay in Virpazar, we’ll explore the lake along with the nearby saltpans, sand dunes and wetlands, as well as venturing across the border into northern Albania, in search of an exciting variety of sought-after species such as Stone Curlew, Collared Pratincole, Calandra Lark, European Bee-eater, Tawny Pipit, Woodchat Shrike, Savi’s Warbler, Black-necked Grebe as well as various waders, gulls and terns.
 
Next, we will head inland to the forests and jagged (black) mountains of Montenegro’s Durmitor National Park, in search of raptors including Goshawk, Golden Eagle and Short-toed Eagle, plus Grey-headed Woodpecker, Common Crossbill, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Sombre Tit, Crag Martin, Rock Bunting and Blue Rock Thrush. Finally, we conclude our holiday in Dubrovnik, visiting more saltpans en route in search of Eurasian Spoonbill, Great White Egret, Cetti’s Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.
 
Montenegro is not (yet!) on the main Mediterranean tourist trail, but with its stunning and diverse scenery, we expect to enjoy an outstanding week of birding in this beautiful, welcoming and compact country! Why not join us in April 2018 or 2019?
 
Further information: we plan to run this tour in April 2018 or April 2019, at a cost of £2,195 (please note that the price is to be confirmed), depending on the level of interest received. To register your interest now, or for more information, please call Alison Steel on 01962 733051 or e-mail alisonsteel@naturetrek.co.uk