Tour At A Glance





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Tour Code:

Fairly relaxed, but some long drives. Up to 3 miles walking per day

Group Size:

Five plus leader on each tour

Eurasian Curlew Northern Gannet Atlantic Puffin Arctic Tern Black-legged Kittiwake Razorbill

North East England - The Grand Tour

Date: 1st - 7th June 2021 (FULL), 7th - 13th June 2021 - (FULL), 14th - 20th June 2021 (ONE SPACE - Guaranteed Departure)
Leaders: Andrew Kinghorn (1st - 7th, 14th - 20th) or Ashley Saunders (7th - 13th)



Roseate Tern
This two base tour of North-east England is five days of action packed birding amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. Timed specifically to enjoy the seabird cities in full swing and also to witness the end of spring migration, this tour has everything. We spend the first three nights at West Carlton Farm near Aldbrough in East Yorkshire, a beautiful Georgian residence which stands in an idyllic rural location. Tree Sparrows flock to the feeders here while Yellowhammer, Grey Partridge, Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting, Barn, Tawny and Little Owls can be found close by - We’ve also seen Osprey, Dotterel and Common Crane here! Nearby is the famous Spurn Point where we spend our first days birding, hoping for a variety of migrant waders and passerines. Shorebirds are resplendent in summer plumage while in the dunes and scrub, warblers, chats and flycatchers could be moving through. We have recorded Golden Oriole, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Broad-billed Sandpiper and Red-backed Shrike here in the past! The Flamborough Head area gives us more opportunities to look for migrants as well as resident Peregrine, summering Common Scoter and breeding Northern Fulmar, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, European Shag and Black-legged Kittiwake. At Bempton Cliffs, we enjoy a true seabird spectacle as the sight, sound and smell is quite amazing! The cliffs themselves are impressive enough, but the large Northern Gannet colony and breeding Atlantic Puffins are likely to keep us entertained for the afternoon. Hornsea Mere will be our last stop of the day and at this time of year, thousands of Common Swifts and hirundines hawk for insects over its waters and a variety of grebes and wildfowl may be seen. The fells of County Durham are home to the traditional gathering of Black Grouse and it is not unusual to see up to twenty birds in the area, mostly males, and they can be very obliging! Some of the most prolific areas for breeding waders in Britain host Northern Lapwing, European Oystercatcher, Common Redshank and Eurasian Curlew often with chicks at this time. Common Snipe drum overhead and Common Sandpipers frequent the beck, with Dipper and Grey Wagtail often seen. Dunlin and European Golden Plover also breed but are elusive, while scanning the hillside here should produce the scarce Ring Ouzel in its breeding habitat, as well as our first Red Grouse. The classic oak woodland passerines—Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, can also be found in this area. Wood Warbler may also be found while Spotted Flycatcher are numerous. Our second base in Rothbury is handy for the beautiful Harthope Valley where we search for Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Common Redstart, Red Grouse and Ring Ouzel followed by our boat out to the magical Farne Islands. The trip from Seahouses takes us on a tour of the islands where we then land on the Inner Farne to visit the Arctic Tern colony, surely one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in Britain! On the coast the Druridge Bay area and its numerous reserves includes Creswell Pond, East Chevington, Druridge Country Park and Hauxley, and we should encounter a variety of gulls, terns and shorebirds with Little Gull regular and passage waders including Whimbrel, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and Common Greenshank are all possible. Our final destination is Coquet Island, where our short boat trip will hopefully take us in close to see the beautiful Roseate Terns on their nesting boxes as well as tens of thousands of Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds.


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