Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Advanced but fairly relaxed with one or two later finishes. Some long drives on poor roads

Group Size:

Six plus Leaders

Red-footed Falcon Black Stork Collared Flycatcher Black-winged Stilt Ortolan Bunting White-tailed Eagle

Moldova - Europe's Secret Corner

Date: 22nd - 28th June 2019
Leaders: Laurentiu Petrencu & David Pearce




White Pelicans


There are very few areas that are genuinely unexplored in Europe nowadays, but this unique tour to the Republic of Moldova offers a real opportunity to visit a country that has received very few western birders and with it there is a good chance we can add to the knowledge of the country’s avifauna. Oriole Birding has once again pioneered this exciting tour and as Moldova is a small nation, we are able to comfortably cover the whole country including unspoilt forests, meandering riparian valleys and vast wetlands during our time here. Vast fields of sunflowers, roads lined with walnut trees, orchards and vineyards that produce some excellent wines all feature as we explore this fascinating, diverse country. Cosy and traditional accommodations where the local people are friendly and welcoming will help us get a feel for a time gone by in much of the west and we will enjoy tasty regional dishes. Of course, it is impossible to escape the Soviet and Turkish influences over the centuries and there is still a lasting legacy particularly of the former that has certainly left Moldova with unique problems in 21st century Europe. The birding is often quite extraordinary and in our opinion it is the best place we have ever visited to see declining species such as Turtle Dove, Tree Sparrow and Golden Oriole in big numbers, while European Roller, European Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe, Common Cuckoo, Red-backed Shrike and Corn Bunting are common roadside species. Raptors and soaring birds feature highly too and the water bodies hold huge numbers of birds of which we can enjoy close up views on our boat trip on the spectacular Lake Beleu. The woodlands hold a nice variety of passerines and butterflies and you will be able to enjoy some of the excellent local wines at dinner and delicious local produce. To sum Moldova up is not easy as it is a nation of many contrasts which at times barely feels European at all, but perhaps the greatest testimony is that every participant on our fact finding trip expressed a desire to go back and explore further so why not discover for yourselves the delights it has to offer in this superb new birding hotspot. It’s not just the numbers of birds that make it so enjoyable but the fantastic views too!! Your tour leader will be Laurentiu Petrencu who some will know from tours to Romania, the terrain is mostly easy and you can expect to walk three or four kilometres per day mostly on short walks. The boat trip is in small punts with just two or three per participants per boat and you can expect to see approximately 140 species.


Thanks to Vitalie Ajder for use of his excellent images.





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