Wildlife of the Isle of Manwith Chris MurphyA 4-day holiday in search of birds, mammals and othernatural history. This short break offers the opportunity to explore the island's wildcoastline, extensive moorlands and scrubby wild flower meadowsin search of a rich natural history. Weather permitting, we will alsotake an offshore boat trip to look for seabirds, cetaceans and, insome years, Basking Sharks. Orchids, Grey Seals, feral Red-necked Wallabies, Mountain Hares, rare moths, Choughs, HenHarriers, Storm-petrels, Manx Shearwaters, migrating waders andcoastal and cliff-nesting seabirds are among the island's manywildlife attractions.Fri 28th Jun - Mon 1st JulGBR12Cost: £495The Alpine Plants of BenLawers, Scotlandwith Paul Harmes or Dawn Nelson A 4-day botanical break in search of the very specialalpine flora of Ben Lawers.Long regarded by botanists as one of the foremost sites for alpineplants in Britain, Ben Lawers, at 1,214 metres, is the highest peakin the British Isles outside the Ben Nevis and Cairngorm ranges.This 4-day break will give us the opportunity to visit the threeprincipal locations of botanical interest in the area, with some quitestrenuous mountain walking. We'll look for such species as CottonGrass, Bog Asphodel, Snow Gentian and Net-leaved Willow. Anumber of Britain's rarer sedges and ferns grow on the easternside of the mountain, as well as Scottish Asphodel and AlpineSaw-wort. We'll also explore Creag an Lochan, where it may bepossible to find Purple Saxifrage in flower, Yellow MountainSaxifrage and, if we are lucky, the diminutive Moonwort.Fri 2nd - Mon 5th Aug GBR26Cost: £435Islay & Jura (see page 117)with Peter Clement A 7-day tour in search of the birds and mammals offScotland's ruggedly scenic west coast.The island of Islay was described by the late Sir Peter Scott as 'themost important place in the British Isles for wild geese, and one ofthe most important in Europe' and, with up to 40,000 BarnacleGeese and 10,000 Greenland Whitefronts invading every winter,this avian spectacle remains one of Europe's most special. Jura,by contrast, is notable for its rugged grandeur, its dramaticwhirlpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan, great herds of Red Deer, anda remarkable variety of raptors. It is also one of the best places inEurope to observe Otters. Visiting both islands, we will relish thevast flocks of geese and other wildfowl that include smallernumbers of Greylag, Pink-footed and Brent Geese alongside theBarnacles and Whitefronts, Whooper Swans and both GreatNorthern and Red-throated Divers. We will also look for such otherspecialities as Chough, Golden Eagle, Peregrine, Merlin and HenHarrier, as well as for Roe Deer and both Grey and CommonSeals, during our exploration of these truly wild wildlife havens.Thu 25th - Wed 31st Oct 2012 & Thu 24th - Wed 30th Oct 2013 GBR10Cost: from £895Islay & Mull ... In Style! (see page 118)with Peter Clement A 7-day holiday to enjoy the birds, mammals,spectacular scenery and rich autumn colours of two ofthe Inner Hebrides' most beautiful and rewardingislands.The beautiful Inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Mullcomplement each other perfectly. On Islay, a varied landscape ofmountains, open moorland, pastures, windswept lochans, andmore gentle woods and farmland is home to a wealth of breedingbirds, but even more wintering wildfowl, with up to 40,000 BarnacleGeese and 10,000 Greenland Whitefronts presenting one ofEurope's finest avian spectacles. The mountains and moorlands ofMull, by contrast, are wild, rugged and unforgiving; the island'svast western sea-lochs are beloved of Otters, divers, grebes andsea-duck. There is no more dramatic time to visit than in earlyNovember. when glorious autumn colours are at their best, theRed Deer are rutting, and vast numbers of wildfowl and winterstorms move in, enhancing skies and landscapes. For birds ofprey - their numbers enhanced by summer youngsters - andother predators, the hunt begins in earnest! Best of all, for thisholiday we have chosen to explore these magical wildlife havensfrom two of the most comfortable of hotels in the Western Isles.Thu 1st - Wed 7th Nov 2012 & Thu 31st Oct - Wed 6th Nov 2013 GBR31Cost: from £1,195Norfolk in Winterwith Tom McJannet A winter birdwatching weekend exploring Norfolk'swetlands, including a visit to its premier raptor spot. In November, Norfolk's extensive wetlands are teeming with largeflocks of migrant geese, huge numbers of duck and most of thecountry's wild swans. We will spend time watching these, not tomention some of Britain's largest wader concentrations and manyof the country's more unusual winter visitors, like Slavonian Grebe,Velvet Scoter and Smew. We'll also spend an evening at thecounty's premier raptor spot. Fri 9th - Sun 11th Nov '12 & Fri 8th - Sun 10th Nov GBR04Cost: £29521Food and accommodation:Please refer to the specifictrip itinerary for details.Transport:Transport is provided during each tour.Single room supplement:Provided - as cheaply as possible! - on request.Hampshiredays outWinter Wildfowl & Waders of PaghamHarbourwith David Shute & Jon StokesBeginning at 9am from the Siddlesham Ferry car park, we willspend much of the day walking along the harbour edge to ChurchNorton, focusing on the wealth of waders and wildfowl in theharbour. At Church Norton churchyard we'll check the bushes forpossible wintering Firecrests and other passerines, and from thebeach nearby we'll scan the sea for such species as SlavonianGrebe, Red-throated Diver, Common Eider, Common Scoter andRed-breasted Merganser. Fri 25th JanCost: £38 per person (includes expert guiding, picnic lunch &soup, plus coffee & cakes)NB. The cost does not include transport or additional food.An Evening in the New Forestwith Jon StokesIn the company of local expert Jon Stokes, we will explore aregion of lowland heath, woodland and wet bogs that harbourssome of the UK's rarest birds, reptiles, flowers and insects. Jonwill provide an introduction to the ecology of the New Forest andits natural history, and hope to find such bird specialities asHobby, Woodlark and Redstart. Then, as the sun sets, we willlisten for churring Nightjars and roding Woodcock, watch out fordeer, and identify hunting bats with the use of a bat detector. Fri 12th JulCost: £20 per person (includes expert guiding)NB. The cost does not include transport or food.A Day with Dormice & other Small Mammals with Lee MorganMeeting in Old Basing, we will enjoy a gentle woodland naturalhistory walk with expert local naturalist, Lee Morgan, checkingnesting boxes in order to look for and learn about Dormice. Then,after a pub lunch, we will spend the afternoon focusing on othersmall mammals (checking Longworth live traps which can containa wide variety of them) and learning a little of the local ecology.Adjourning at 4pm, we'll then drive to the Naturetrek HQ atCheriton Mill for a BBQ and bats. Fri 26th JulCost: £48 per person (includes expert guiding, tea, coffee &cakes, plus a BBQ dinner)NB. The cost does not include transport or the cost of the publunch and drinks.A Hampshire Bat Eveningwith Jon StokesMeeting at Cheriton Mill for a BBQ, we'll then drive to the GreywellTunnel, site of one of the most important winter bat roosts in theUK. Although many of these bats disperse into the surroundingcountryside in the summer, this spot is nonetheless one of thebest places to see such species as Daubenton's, Whiskered,Brandt's, Brown Long-eared, Noctule, Natterer's, Pipistrelle andSoprano Pipistrelle Bats... and we'll be learning to recognise themwith the help of Jon and his bat detector. Fri 9th AugCost: £25 per person (includes expert guiding & BBQ dinner)NB. The cost does not include transport.Autumn Migration on the New Forest Coast with Paul Stanbury & Jon StokesMeeting at Keyhaven at 9am, we will spend the morning exploringthe coastal marshes and lagoons of Keyhaven and Pennington insearch of autumn migrants, amongst them a good variety ofwaders, passerines and wildfowl. Migrant raptors such as Hobby,Osprey and Marsh Harrier are also possible. Then, in theafternoon, we will look for Dartford Warbler, Woodlark and otherspecialities in the New Forest before offering a BBQ and batdetecting at Naturetrek's Cheriton Mill offices. Wed 19th Sep '12 & Wed 18th Sep '13Cost: £38 per person (includes expert guiding & BBQ dinner)NB. The cost does not include transport or the cost of the publunch and drinks.19New Programme of Full-day & Evening Wildlife Walks & Activities DormouseStarlings, Somerset LevelsPlease phone 01962 733051 for further information about the above excursions.
20Nepal - Kathmandu & theWildlife of Koshi & ChitwanNational ParkA 10-day holiday combining sightseeing inKathmandu with birdwatching and wildlifeexploration - on foot and from rafts, canoes,jeeps and elephant-back - among thewetlands of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve andthe jungles of Chitwan National Park. GangesRiver Dolphins, wild Water Buffaloes, IndianRhinos, plus many deer, monkeys andcrocodiles, may be among the highlights.Fri 19th - Sun 28th Oct '12, Fri 15th - Sun 24th Feb & Fri 25th Oct - Sun 3rd NovCost: £1,895 (adult)NPL14£1,695 (U12s)Temples & Wildlife in Northern India! A 9-day holiday combining the best of India's wildlife and culture, with visits toBharatpur to see pythons, birds and otherwildlife; the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri; the Taj Mahal, Orchha, Khajuraho and Panna Tiger Reserve, plus an optional 4-day extension to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve for Tigers! Sat 16th - Sun 24th Feb, Sat 30th Mar - Sun 7th Apr & Sat26th Oct - Sun 3rd NovCost: £2,195 (adult)IND13£1,995 (U12s)India - Spices & Elephants in Kerala!A 9-day holiday combining the best of Kerala's wildlife and culture, with visits to Periyar National Park to look for wild Elephants, Munnar to enjoy the dramaticscenery of the hill station, Kumarakom and an overnight cruise to enjoy Kerala'sbackwaters, Kochi, and Kodanadu elephantcamp to see the trained Elephants. An optional 4-day extension to Marari Beach Resort offers the chance to relax on one of Kerala's fabulous beaches. Sat 16th - Sun 24th Feb & Sat 6th - Sun 14th Apr Cost: £1,895 (adult)IND12£1,695 (U12s)India - Tigers & Forts of RajasthanA 9-day wildlife experience to some of the most famous sites in northern India, includingthe Taj Mahal, Jaipur, pythons in Bharatpur, and Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Sat 16th - Sun 24th Feb & Sat 26th Oct - Sun 3rd NovCost: £1,795 (adult)IND14£1,595 (U12s)Brown Bears in FinlandA 4-day break to watch wildBrown Bears in the taiga forests that straddle Finland's borderwith Russia.Thu 25th - Sun 28th Jul (see page 53) Cost: £995 (adult)FIN02£695 (U13s)Peru - Wildlife & CultureA 14-day wildlife holiday including sea lions,piranha fishing, monkeys and macaws, plustrain rides and Machu Picchu. Please contact Andy on 01962 733051 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.Sweden's BearsA 4-day holiday to an idyllic land of forests andlakes where we will look for Brown Bears from aluxurious purpose-built hide and enjoy thenatural history, beauty and extraordinarytranquillity of the Swedish boreal forests. Thu 8th - Sun 11th Aug(see page 145)SWE04Cost: £795Big Game in South Africa'sKruger NPA 10-day tour to eastern South Africa, includingsix nights in Kruger National Park. Fri 19th - Sun 28th Oct '12 & Fri 18th - Sun 27th Oct ZAF04Cost: from £2,295FamilyWildlife AdventuresOur programme of Family Wildlife Adventuresis aimed at those of you wishing to travel witha child (or children), and for 2013 we areoffering the favourites listed below (though anyof the holidays in our brochure can beoperated for your family - or a group offamilies - on request). What better way ofoccupying a half-term or holiday than byjoining like-minded families to enjoy the world'stop wildlife spectacles with your children.Brown BearLion cubsSpotted OwletsAll the above Family Wildlife Adventures are also offered by us as private holidays,tailormade to suit your requirements.