Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Fairly relaxed with no particularly early starts or late finishes. Some walking at altitude but nothing strenuous.

Group Size:

Seven plus leaders

Purple-shot Copper Eastern Subalpine Warbler European Bee-eater Julian Alps Marbled Fritillary Ural Owl

The Northern Adriatic - Summer Wildlife

Date: 1st - 7th June 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: Paul Roberts & Paul Tout



Scarce Swallowtail


The head of the Adriatic is a biodiversity powerhouse where the fauna, flora and peoples of the Balkans encounter those of central Europe and the Italian peninsula. Vast forests, huge marshlands, both freshwater and brackish, shallow seas and splendid limestone grasslands, all the way up to and above the tree line can be found in this, until recently, under visited corner of Europe which includes the single bird reserve with the longest species list in Europe, Isola della Cona with 325 species recorded.  The tight mix of habitats and climate  and fine protected site network mean that Mediterranean species such as Short-toed Eagle, Common Hoopoe and Subalpine Warbler can be found almost cheek-by-jowl with Arctic-Alpine and Taiga species such as Three-toed and White-backed Woodpeckers[lilfordi], Ural and Pygmy Owls together with more widespread species such as Crested and Wood Lark; Golden Eagle, Water Pipit, Alpine Accentor and White-winged Snowfinch in the mountains and Little Bittern, Black-winged Stilt, Great Reed, Cetti’s and Marsh Warbler in the wetlands. Black, White-winged Black and Whiskered Terns are usually present on migration whilst Red-necked Grebe breed at their most south-westerly site. Hawfinch, Black and White Storks, Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike and Rock Bunting are common in their chosen habitats and migration is often very evident as the area represents the final stop-off for many species before they cross the Alps and head north. There is a fine selection of other wildlife, including many butterflies [more than 200 species recorded for the area]. Wolf, Golden Jackal and Brown Bear are all found in the area and are increasing in numbers together with commoner species such as Red Squirrel, Roe Deer and Wild Boar. Reptiles and amphibians of a wide range of species can be encountered with both Balkan and Italian species inhabiting areas side-by-side. Comfortable hotel accommodation with all modern conveniences is accompanied by superb food and drink rich in local products and flavours. As there are some walks at altitude, a reasonable level of physical fitness is required, but there is nothing strenuous. Your tour leader will be Paul Tout you can expect to see approximately 140 species.


*Please note this is a general natural history tour and as such we will spend a fair amount of time watching butterflies, dragonflies, mammals and flowers as well as birds*




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