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Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners

A range of tours designed specifically for the Beginner Birdwatcher

Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners

Many people take delight in watching birds, and would like both to learn more about them, and to be able to identify them (or at least some of them!). We offer a selection of holidays specially designed for the novice birdwatcher – these are designed to be slower in pace than other similar holidays and they provide a high level of instruction from our top leaders.

Our Specialist Recommends

“It’s hard to beat the Somerset Levels for the beginner birder. Our Somerset Levels winter break offers a perfect introduction to a variety of waterbirds and, of course, you can enjoy the impressive Starling murmurations. Further afield, our week-long holidays to the Extremadura and Coto Doñana in Spain are great for getting to grips with more exotic Mediterranean species, while islands such as Mallorca offer the chance to see birds on migration.”

Tom Mabbett
Operations Manager

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Naturetrek groupWigeonWest SedgemoorStarling flockBee-eaterBlack-winged StiltCalandra LarkCollared PratincoleSpotted RedshankAudouin's GullMarbled DucksLittle BitternSkala Kallonis Hotel, one of the possible hotels used on this tripSkala Kallonis harbourSkala Kallonis harbourPoppy fieldBearded Tit (Tom Mabbett)Great White Egret (Tom Mabbett)

Naturetrek’s Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners

On all of our ‘Beginners’ Birdwatching’ holidays, we provide a high level of instruction from our top leaders. These tours are undertaken at a relaxed pace and are suitable for the complete novice, as well as those with some knowledge who would benefit from ‘brushing it up’ or learning more. And, as is typical with Naturetrek tours, there will be an emphasis on enjoying our surroundings and other wildlife, as well as the birdlife. Questions will be very much encouraged, with emphasis placed on participants being able to see, enjoy and identify every bird well for themselves, whether common or rare.

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Birdwatching Holidays for Beginners HOLIDAYS

I cannot praise the two leaders enough. It was a privilege to be in their company with all their knowledge and expertise. I had a great little holiday and Wells is a lovely base.
What made this trip very enjoyable was the level of expertise and supportive manner of our two guides, Niki and Lara. The hospitality at the hotel and the quality of the home-made meals provided were excellent. It was wonderful to see such a great number of bird species in Extremadura. This region is beautiful and so unspoilt. It was good to be able to see such a range of bird habitats. The trip was ideal for both beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike. It proved vital that the leaders and another group member had scopes to extend the range of binoculars at times. The leaders provided excellent picnic lunches and worked extremely hard organising each day's programme to give everyone a good experience.
Hotel Rural Vina Las Torres was first class. Food very good, rooms excellent, staff delightful.