Tour At A Glance


1399.00 per person



Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intensive with long days in the field and a lot of walking

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Northern Wheatear Purple Heron Wood Sandpiper Common Redstart

Isles of Scilly - Spring on England's Magic Islands

Date: 20th - 26th April 2019 [THREE SPACES - GUARANTEED DEPARTURE] - please note this tour runs consecutively with our Cornwall spring tour
Leaders: Jason Moss & Nick Parsons





The Isles of Scilly need no introduction as a birding destination. Long revered as one of the premier rarity hotspots in the UK, they enjoyed their heyday in the 1970's, 80's and 90's as an autumn destination for Britain's rarity-hunters. In recent years, they have perhaps been somewhat overshadowed by the autumn draw of Shetland, but for many birders the islands still hold a magical attraction, and of course a phenomenal track record for Nearctic vagrants still unmatched by any other region in the UK. So why has it taken us so long to add a Scillies trip to our portfolio? Well an autumn trip has been considered, but we have always been rather keen to avoid the crowds associated with October on the islands. So we have decided to visit in Spring instead! The islands are relatively underwatched at this time of year, and the sparkling seas and secluded sandy bays less busy with tourists and birders alike than in the peak autumn period. By running this new tour consecutively with our main Cornwall spring trip, it also gives clients the opportunity to combine the two destinations in one trip! And what of the birding? Combining Jason and Nick together on this trip was the obvious choice for us - Nick has been travelling to the islands for many years and knows them very well, while Jason's field skills and track record for unearthing the unusual speak for themselves! Spring in Scilly is about quality rather than quantity, and you will be hoping for a warm southerly airflow to bring overshooting gems from Europe to the islands. Days will be spent exploring the different islands on foot, using the inter-island boats to move around in between. Tresco, St Agnes, St Mary's and St Martins will all be visited as you search for your own migrant birds and maybe have the chance to catch up with one or two rarities. We have also arranged an evening boat trip on board the Sapphire, to look for Manx Sheawaters and Puffins close to the islands as they come to their breeding colonies at dusk. You can expect to walk a minimum of five miles each day and see around 100 species. 





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