The best birdwatching tours and holidays in the UK
Whether you’re a birdwatching beginner or a seasoned pro, there are plenty of fun-filled birdwatching tours taking part throughout the UK all year round! If you’d like to get involved, we’ve put together a list of our favourite birdwatching tours and holidays.
From the tranquillity of the Cotswolds countryside to exploring the Scottish Highlands. There are plenty of trips to get involved in. Did you know? Birdwatching activities can even benefit your mental health!
1. Norfolk birding, Norfolk
Local to us, the beautiful Norfolk coast is a bird-watcher’s paradise! Take a birdwatching tour with Norfolk Birding, lasting 2, 3 or 5 days, and you can expect to see a wide range of British and foreign birds, dependant on the time of year.
March is a great time to visit the Norfolk coast as many birds return for the warmer months. During this time of year, you can expect to see birds like the Brambling, Redpoll and Crossbill form flocks before flying north!
2. The Lakes & Fells, North West
Naturetrek are renowned for their wide choice of wildlife holidays throughout the UK and abroad. Offering various birdwatching holidays in the UK. Our top-pick is their ‘The Lakes & Fells – Wildlife of England’s North West’ trip. The Lakes and Fells trip takes keen birdwatchers from the rich history of Morecambe Bay to the hills and lakes of The Lake District. You’ll really get to see the sights on this trip!
Lasting 4 days in total, you’ll also get to see other local wildlife (aside from the North West’s birds) – including Otters!
3. Birds of Snowdonia, Snowdonia
Snowdonia in Wales is a popular tourist attraction in its own right! But did you know you can explore its beautiful scenery with a wildlife tour? Birds of Snowdonia conduct guided tours of the national park’s mountains and glacial landforms. You can expect to spot rare birds such as the Chough (one of North Wales’ most sought after birds), the Puffin and sadly one of the UK’s now rarest birds, the Cuckoo.
4. Island Ventures, Scottish Highlands and Islands
Island Ventures offer birding and wildlife tours at various locations throughout the UK. One of their most popular birdwatching trips takes bird-enthusiasts to the picturesque Scottish Highlands and Skye. On this trip, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of birds such as the golden eagle, peregrine falcon and the crested tit. Binoculars at the ready for this adventure!
5. Cotswold Birdwatching Company, Cotswolds
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cotswold countryside and immerse yourself in the area’s wildlife. The Cotswold Birdwatching Company offer day-long trips in the area for birdwatchers of all levels and ages! Each trip has space for up to 10 people, so why not take the whole family along for a great day out? Although the trip itself only lasts for one day, there are plenty of other sights to be explored around the rolling hills.
Getting started with birdwatching
Whether you’re heading off on a birdwatching tour or are planning to do a spot of birdwatching in your local area, don’t forget to take along some of our peanuts for birds to attract the birds to you!
If you’re a beginner, we’ve got a beginner’s birdwatching guide to get you started.