Tag: Birdwatching holidays

British Birdwatching Fair 2011

by on Aug.18, 2011, under Birdwatching

It’s that time of year again, and NEWT will be at the British Birdwatching Fair for the next 3 days as part of the Birdwatching Northumberland consortium.

The consortium partners (Northumberland Tourism, Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland Coast AONB partnership, North Pennines AONB partnership, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, National Trust and Northern Experience Wildlife Tours) have, between them, an extraordinary wealth of knowledge about Northumberland and the North Pennines and we’ll be sharing that advice and knowledge with anyone who comes to visit our stand (Marquee 1, Stand 53-54).

To find out even more, why not attend one of the lectures that Martin is giving;

Saturday 20th August, 10:30am, Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, ‘Northumberland’s Winter Wonderland’

Sunday 21st August, 10:30am, Lecture Marquee 2, ‘Northumberland through the Seasons’.

This year’s Bird Fair will also see the launch of the Northern Experience Holidays brochure for 2012, highlighting our range of wildlife, photography and birdwatchig holdays.  Come and get your copy before they all go!

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Seabird Spectacular

by on Jul.29, 2011, under Druridge Bay, Holy Island, Northumberland, Southeast Northumberland

Our Seabird Spectacular package holiday managed to coincide with some increasingly heavy seas and strong northerly winds.  Getting on a boat would have been somewhat inadvisable , but we still managed to get good views of all the target species for the holiday, including Roseate Tern, Little Tern and Puffin. Perhaps we should have renamed the holiday Mammal Magic as Noctule, Pipistrelle, Red Fox, Rabbit, Grey Seal, Weasel, Stoat,  and Otter were all seen during the 2 days 🙂  With excellent accommodation and food at The Swan throughout the holiday, it was a great way to spend a weekend in late July.  We’ll be running Seabird Spectacular again in 2012 (11th-14th June) so give us a call now on 01670 827465 for more details or to book your place.

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(Man-made) Wilderness

by on Apr.06, 2011, under Kielder, Northumberland, Southeast Northumberland

On Saturday I had the pleasure of guiding a visit to Kielder (I still can’t bring myself to write Kielder Water and Forest Park…) for a group of Landscape Architecture students from the University of Michigan.

After collecting the group from Saughy Rigg (which will be the base for our ‘Autumn Colours’ photography holiday and ‘Winter Wonderland’ birdwatching holiday later this year) we headed up the North Tyne valley and began our tour of Kielder at the dam wall.  With a stiff breeze blowing down the valley, we had a walk that would blow away any cobwebs.  As I described the 2 extraordinary achievements that were the planting of the forest and the creation of the reservoir we watched Oystercatchers  and Chaffinches and saw Crossbills and Siskins flying overhead.  Coal Tits and Goldcrests were calling from the trees and the students enjoyed looking at some of the sculptures around the lake.

I devised a route back to Saughy Rigg that took in some open heather moorland, so that the group would have a good idea of what the Kielder area would have been like prior to the planting.  Over that moorland we watched Curlews mobbing a Common Buzzard, and Lapwings were engaging in their apparently chaotic display flight.

After returning the group to Saughy Rigg, I drove eastwards, back towards southeast Northumberland, still birdwatching;  just a few miles from home a flock of 150 Fieldfares were a reminder that winter is only just behind us, contrasting with the Chiffchaff that was singing in our garden.

Our Kielder Safaris this year will again include driving along tracks that are ‘off-limits’ to the public.  With excellent views of Goshawk, Roe Deer and Red Fox along those tracks last year, and a real sense that you’re in a wilderness, it’s a very different wildlife experience.  We’ve got a few spaces left, so give us a call and join us on a Safari through the forest.

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Birdwatching with Bird Watching

by on Sep.24, 2010, under Birdwatching

Following our adventure in the North Sea on Saturday, I had to gather my thoughts, and clean my binoculars and ‘scope,  ready for a full week of guided birdwatching.  I drove north on Sunday to meet up with Sheena Harvey, editor of Bird Watching Magazine, and her husband Alan.  With nearly three days to show them the delights that Northumberland has to offer, in terms of birdwatching holidays, guided birdwatching and birdwatching in general, I was really looking forward to the trip.  It started a bit later than expected due to vehicle and aquarium problems at their end 🙁 but we had a nice meal at the Lindisfarne Inn on Sunday night and discussed the plan for the next few days.

If there was one moment that I thought stood out it was early in the trip, on Monday morning.  As we approached Budle Bay I could see a few geese in the ‘goose fields’.  We stopped to check them and I commented that with the strong northwesterly winds there should be plenty of geese starting to arrive soon.  Then, as if on cue, the skeins started dropping from the skies.  Mainly Pink-footed Geese, but with a good handful of Barnacle Geese along for good measure.  Well over 1000 birds settled into the field in front of us in just over 20 mins.  That was just the start of some very good birding and wildlife watching.  I’m not going to spoil Sheena’s article  by writing a detailed report so, if you want to read about it, you’ll have to buy the January issue (on sale 20th December) 🙂

By mid-afternoon on Wednesday it was time for Sheena and Alan to head back to the deep south of Lincolnshire, after three really enjoyable days for us – and I’m sure for them as well 🙂

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Since I last blogged…

by on Aug.26, 2008, under Birdwatching

We’ve spent three tiring but very enjoyable days working on the Birdwatching Northumberland stand at the British Birdwatching Fair (highlights were a talk by Jari Peltomaki about owls in Finland, and ‘An Audience with Simon King’ was very entertaining as well) where we spoke to an awful lot of people who are interested in birdwatching tours and wildlife watching holidays in Northumberland.

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