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Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Relaxed, though some early starts will be required.

Group Size:

Six plus leaders

Caspian Tern Marsh Sandpiper Short-toed Eagles Eurasian Spoonbill

The Netherlands - Early Autumn in the Lauwersmeer

Date: 26th - 30th August 2018
Leaders: Ashley Saunders & Oriole Birding Leader




Spotted Crake


With excellent transport links to the UK and short travelling times, The Netherlands is an ideal destination for a short birding break. With large areas of the land lying at sea level and reclaimed for agricultural purposes, it provides suitable habitat for some huge concentrations of birds. In addition to our traditional winter tour to the region, we are pleased to be offering this early autumn migration break based principally in the north of the country, and birding principally around the superb area known of the Lauwersmeer which comprises a huge coastal lagoon, woodlands, reed bed, pools, polders and the coastline itself. The whole area offers fantastic birding at this time of the year as birds are starting to head south in huge numbers. Shorebirds will be one of our primary targets with Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper common migrants, and species such as Broad-billed Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Red-necked Phalarope and Pectoral Sandpiper regularly seen. Wildfowl and raptors will also be returning to the area and we may catch up with White-tailed Eagle and Osprey in particular. Migrant passerines could have a distinct eastern flavour should the winds produce new arrivals and species such as Bluethroat, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Wryneck, Icterine and Barred Warblers and Red-backed Shrike might be found. Seabirds may be passing given the correct conditions, and can include all four skuas as well as species such as Black and Caspian Terns and shearwaters. The terrain is exceptionally easy and there is virtually no walking involved as many of the best sites are roadside. Your tour leaders will be Ashley Saunders, assissted by another Oriole leader if numbers dictate, and you can expect to see approximately 110 species.




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