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Wildlife of North & South Uist,Outer Hebrideswith Dave Pierce An 8-day birdwatching tour of the beautiful islands ofNorth and South Uist.North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula comprise the wild andbeautiful southern islands of the Outer Hebrides and on thisholiday we'll explore their fabulous mountain, 'machair' andlakeland habitats. Seabirds and cetaceans should be the highlightof our ferry crossing there from Oban and, from our arrival, we'll bebased for the week on Benbecula, at the heart of the Uists. Thelochs of South Uist support breeding waterfowl, including wildGreylag Geese, plus such waders as Snipe, Redshank, GoldenPlover and occasional Greenshank. Corncrakes call persistentlyday and night from the hay meadows, and by the sea-lochs andinlets we'll look for Otters, and both Grey and Common Seals. TheUists in mid-May are also great for seabirds, and are one of thebest places to observe the passage of our four Skua species -Pomarine, Long-tailed, Arctic and Great. Breeding raptors areanother highlight, amongst them Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier,Peregrine, Merlin, and both White-tailed and Golden Eagles, andwe might also see all three of our Divers - Black-throated, Red-throated and Great Northern. Standing stones, cairns, and avibrant Gaelic culture provide a rich cultural ingredient to thisspecial destination, while the sighting of a rare Snowy Owl or Red-necked Phalarope may add final icing to the cake!Sat 11th - Sat 18th May GBR21Cost: £895South Devon in Springwith Dave Smallshire A weekend wildlife break in search of the bountifulnatural history in the glorious surroundings of Dartmoorand the south Devon coast. Dartmoor and the varied coastline of South Devon are home to anexceptionally rich variety of wildlife. During this weekend break,we'll explore key sites such as Slapton Ley and the Exe Estuary fora variety of birdlife, including the rare Cirl Bunting, Cetti's Warbler,plus numerous waders and terns. We'll also look out for passingskuas and shearwaters and, if it's sunny, we might be luckyenough to see basking Sand Lizards in the sand dunes or HairyDragonflies on territory. By contrast, Dartmoor brings a taste ofupland Britain with a stunning mix of heather moorland, bogs andancient woodland which hosts such species as Hobby, Snipe,Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper, Dartford and Wood Warblers,Stonechat and Whinchat. We'll also offer some optional pre-breakfast birdwatching and after-dinner excursions to see Nightjarsand Greater Horseshoe Bats leaving their daytime roost.Fri 17th - Sun 19th MayGBR22Cost: £295The New Forestwith Jon StokesA wildlife weekend in Hampshire.On this short break we will base ourselves in the middle of theNew Forest to sample some of its rich natural history. We'll hope tosee the dusk displays of Nightjars and Woodcock, and makedaytime walks in search of Honey Buzzard and Hobby, plus suchheath and woodland specialities as Woodlark, Redstart, WoodWarbler, Dartford Warbler, Tree Pipit, Hawfinch and Crossbill. TheForest is also home to a rich and unique bog and woodland flora.Fri 17th - Sun 19th May GBR07Cost: £295The Somerset Levels in Springwith Ed Drewitt A 3-day holiday in search of spring birdlife and othernatural history. Spring is an excellent time for birdlife on the Somerset Levels, andthis short break is timed to coincide with the breeding season andpeak migration. May is one of the best times to watch one of thearea's special birds, the Hobby, as well as passage waders suchas Whimbrel and summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwits.Breeding Bitterns should be making feeding flights across thereedbeds while Marsh Harriers patrol wetland areas regularlylooking for prey. Up to 10 species of warbler are present at thistime of year, filling the air with birdsong.Sun 19th - Tue 21st May & Thu 23rd - Sat 25th May GBR17Cost: £295The Burrenwith Maureen PontingA 4-day botanical tour looking at the unique flora of theBurren in Ireland.The Burren is an area of extensive limestone pavement in CountyClare that supports an outstanding range of plants - SpringGentians, Bloody Cranesbills, Mountain Avens, the white BurnetRose and Potentilla fruticosabeing among the most colourful. We'llwalk over the 'pavement' enjoying its unique flora, and explore therugged coastline with its views of the Aran Islands and of theConnemara Mountains across Galway Bay. The Cliffs of Moher areexcellent for seabirds, including Puffins and Kittiwakes. Tue 21st - Fri 24th May IRL02Cost: £495Wild Flowers of Cornwall'sLizard Peninsulawith Ted Griffiths A 4-day tour to discover the rich flora, and other naturalhistory, of Britain's southernmost point.The Lizard peninsula is one of the top four botanical sites in theUK on account of its southerly aspect and unique geology - aland of extensive grazed maritime heathland and pasture,sheltered sandy coves, impressive cliffs and inland heaths. Duringthis 3-night break we will enjoy leisurely walks along both coastaland inland footpaths in search of botanical treasures that rangefrom the diminutive clovers to the stately Tree-mallows. We willsearch the tideline for maritime species at Gunwalloe ChurchCove, take a walk south from Cadgwith, visit the inland heath onGoonhilly Down, and walk the coastal path from Kynance Cove tothe botanically-rich Gew Graze Valley where curious outcrops ofmineral-rich rock known as serpentine harbour many of the moreunusual plants. The flowers should be at their best in early June,but we will not ignore other wildlife and will particularly search forthe Choughs now breeding again on Lizard Point, and look fromthe headlands for Basking Sharks and Grey Seals.Fri31st May - Mon 3rd Jun GBR30Cost: £395Lyme Bay - Dolphin &Seabird Cruiseswith James PhillipsDolphin and seabird cruises in Lyme Bay, Dorset.During our full-day cruises from West Bay we look for White-beaked Dolphins, other cetaceans and seabirds. On our eveningcruises from Weymouth we search for rare Balearic Shearwatersand other seabirds off Portland Bill. These are data-collectingresearch cruises run in conjunction with the charity Marinelife.June - AugustContact the Naturetrek office for further information on 01962 733051 or email from £50Orkneywith David McAllister A 6-day tour to enjoy the history and natural history ofthe Orkney Islands.As well as taking time to enjoy some of Orkney's famous Neolithicantiquities such as Skara Brae and Maeshowe, we will be focusingon its wildlife from our base in Kirkwall on 'Mainland' (the largestisland). The islands' special seabirds include Fulmar, Shag, Greatand Arctic Skuas, Arctic Tern, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Gannet,Kittiwake and Puffin. We will also be hoping to see raptors such asHen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin and Short-eared Owl. We'll enjoy thedrumming of Snipe, and northern specialities such as Rock Dove,Twite and Raven. Other highlights may include Grey and CommonSeals, the endemic Orkney Vole and its endemic primrose.Sun 2nd - Fri 7th Jun GBR25Cost: £695Northumberland & the Farne Islandswith Mike HodgsonA 6-day exploration of Northumberland's spectacular coast, offshore islands and Cheviot Hills. On this holiday we explore Northumberland's superb coastline anda range of upland habitats. We will visit Lindisfarne, sail aroundCoquet Island (where over 70 pairs of Roseate Terns andthousands of Puffins nest), then finally visit the Farne Islands. Thetwin islands of Staple and Inner Farne provide one of the greatestseabird spectacles in Britain, with colonies of Arctic and SandwichTerns, Guillemots, Shags, Kittiwakes and Puffins. Elsewhere alongthe Northumberland coast we visit a colony of Little Terns andcheck for late migrant passerines and waders at various locationsbefore making an exploration of the dramatic fells and valleys ofthe Cheviot Hills, home to a variety of upland birds including RedGrouse, Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Raven.Thu 6th - Tue 11th JunGBR13Cost: £795AvocetsBurnt-tip OrchidsPuffins, Skomer17

Pembrokeshire in Early Summerwith Barry OxleyA 4-day holiday to enjoy Pembrokeshire's spectacularseabird colonies, marine-life and other wildlife.By June, the remote south-western tip of Wales is teeming with arich diversity of wildlife, from the mainland out to its famousAtlantic islands. Pink-tinged with swathes of Red Campion, Skomeris transformed during early summer by the arrival of vast numbersof nesting seabirds - over half a million of them! Pembrokeshireis also well known for its populations of cetaceans, while GreySeals and Choughs can be seen in many coastal areas. As well asenjoying Pembrokeshire's impressive marine fauna, we'lladditionally take time to explore some of the peninsula's terrestrialhabitats from our base in St. David's.Sun 9th - Wed 12th JunGBR18Cost: £595Islay & Jura in Summer: Birds & Botany of the Inner Hebrideswith Peter Clement & Malcolm OgilvieA 7-day midsummer visit to the glorious islands of Islayand Jura in search of birds and flowers.The Inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura comprise one of themost wildlife-rich areas in Britain. Over 100 bird species breed onthe islands and there is also a stunning variety of flowers whichincludes carpets of orchids and such lovers of marshy ground asBog Myrtle, Grass of Parnassus and sundews. During the summer,flower-filled meadows abound with butterflies, among which canbe seen the rare Marsh Fritillary, and the islands are noted for theirpopulations of Otters, seals and Red Deer. In midsummer,breeding birds such as Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew anddrumming Snipe dominate the open grasslands, while Corncrakesutter their rasping calls from meadows. Resident Choughs will bebusy feeding youngsters hidden in sea-cave nest sites, and bothislands support important numbers of birds of prey with nestingspecies including Hen Harrier, Golden and White-tailed Eagles,Merlin and Peregrine. Fri 14th - Thu 20th Jun GBR27Cost: £1,095The Magic of Mullwith Dave PierceA 7-day exploration in search of Mull's birds, mammals and marine-life.Mull's varied landscape includes extensive forests, craggy hillsand a glorious coastline - all habitats that will be explored indetail during this midsummer tour. The island is home to White-tailed Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles, as well as breeding HenHarriers and Short-eared Owls. Red-throated Divers can be seenon both freshwater and sea lochs, while the latter are the home ofOtters. Both Grey and Common Seals can be seen from the shoreand we'll make a boat trip to search for Minke Whales and othercetaceans. A highlight of the tour will be landing on the island ofLunga, where we will observe masses of Kittiwakes, Guillemots,Razorbills and posing Puffins just metres away! Mon 17th - Sun 23rd Jun & Sat 6th - Fri 12th JulGBR16Cost: £1,095Flora of the Hampshire Downswith Jon Stokes A botanical weekend exploring chalk habitats.Chalk downland represents some of the finest plant habitat inBritain, and the Hampshire chalk downs are one of the bestexamples in the country. This short break will take in a variety ofchalk habitats focusing on the plants, butterflies and other wildlifethat they support. We hope to find a wide variety of orchidsincluding Bee, Frog, Musk, and Fly Orchids, butterflies such asMarbled White and Dingy Skipper, and birds such as LesserWhitethroat.Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Jun GBR01Cost: £295The Wild Flowers of UpperTeesdalewith Dawn NelsonA 4-day exploration of the botanical treasures of thisunique and scenic limestone region.Upper Teesdale, in the North Pennines Area of OutstandingNatural Beauty, is a plant lover's paradise. Here, dry-stone wallscontain flower-filled hay meadows and roadside verges supportshowy Melancholy Thistle, Meadow Crane's-bill and Sweet Cicely.But there is far more to explore, for this upland region with itsrugged scenery has a broad range of rare species in its Arctic-alpine flora, a result of its complex geology. We will visit a variety ofhabitats, from low-lying hay meadows, rough grazing pastures andjuniper woods to limestone grassland, blanket bogs and thesummit heaths of the high fells, in search of the species thatcomprise the Teesdale Assemblage and many other interestingplants. We'll also enjoy such breeding birds of these remote moorsas Red Grouse, Lapwing and Curlew and walk along the RiverTees to the famous waterfalls of Low and High Force. With such adiversity of rare habitats and plant species in one location, this is atruly unique place. Fri 21st - Mon 24th Jun GBR29Cost: £450Shetland's Wildlifewith David McAllister A 9-day holiday in search of Otters, seals, and thebreeding waders and seabirds of the Shetland Islands. The Shetland archipelago is among Britain's most exciting wildlifedestinations. We begin this holiday by taking the overnight ferryfrom Aberdeen to the capital of the Shetlands, Lerwick. Among thebreeding species we hope to see from our first base at Sumburghwill be Eider, Fulmar, Gannet, Storm-petrel, Golden Plover, Greatand Arctic Skuas, Kittiwake, Arctic Tern, Razorbill, Puffin, BlackGuillemot, Rock Dove and Twite. Grey and Common Seals andOtters are among the mammals we'll be hoping to see and we willalso explore such fascinating historical sites as Jarlshof. Next wetransfer to the Island of Unst, home to Red-throated Diver andCommon Scoter, then on the island of Fetlar we'll look for suchbreeding specialities as Whimbrel and Red-necked Phalarope.Mon 24th Jun - Tue 2nd Jul GBR24Cost: £995The Yorkshire Coast & Moorswith Peter Dunn A 4-day birdwatching holiday exploring the Yorkshirecoast and North Yorkshire Moors.Yorkshire is blessed with an amazing variety of wildlife habitat, allwithin easy reach during a long weekend tour. We'll enjoy thetowering chalk cliffs of Flamborough and Bempton, where theRSPB safeguard over 200,000 nesting seabirds, including Britain'slargest mainland Gannet colony, plus Guillemots, Razorbills,Puffins and Kittiwakes. Then we'll visit Filey Brigg and Filey DamsNature Reserve where Corn Bunting and Tree Sparrow remainquite common in the surrounding countryside. On our second daywe will explore the North York Moors. Here, Red Grouse, GoldenPlover, Wheatear, Merlin and Ring Ouzel all breed on the moors,Crossbills and various scarce birds of prey such as HoneyBuzzard may be seen in the forest at Dalby, and small boggystreams are home to carnivorous Sundew plants, Golden-ringedDragonflies and even the scarce Large Heath butterfly. Finally, atdusk, we'll will listen out for 'churring' Nightjars and 'roding'Woodcock to complete the magic of our Yorkshire experience.Tue 25th - Fri 28th Jun & Tue 2nd - Fri 5th Jul GBR28Cost: £450White-beaked Dolphins, Lyme BayBlack GrouseWild Gladiolus, New Forest18