Winter in North Norfolk – Full

This year, my 3 day late winter tour will take us to North Norfolk for a wildfowl and wader spectacular We’ll visit the best birdwatching sites in the area with venues such as RSPB Titchwell, RSPB Snetisham, NWT Cley, Holkham Marshes and Holme Bird Observatory to choose from depending on

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YWT Staveley

This reserve is one of my favourite places to visit, especially in autumn and winter. This time we’ll take a walk around this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve for a full morning. We’ll look for marsh tit, willow tit, water rail, winter thrushes, barn owl, goldeneye and otter. Price £25 per

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WWT Martin Mere

A lovely winter’s day at one of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s top reserves. Watch thousands birds including whooper swan, pink-footed goose, shelduck, pintail, teal, ruff, peregrine, tree sparrow and, perhaps, brambling. Price £55 per person plus WWT entrance fee (at group rate). Price includes refreshments at the end of

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RSPB St Aidan’s from Methley

After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll head off to St Aidan’s from Methley. Spend a couple of hours birding around the reedbeds, lagoons and ridge and furrow looking for winter wildfowl including goldeneye, pink-footed goose and short-eared owl. Price £15 including refreshments. Transport available Meet me at

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Binocular morning at In Focus, Denby Dale

If you’d like to invest in a new pair of binoculars then this is the day for you. Whether you’re a beginner looking to buy your first pair or whether you’re looking to upgrade, you’ll be in good hands. We’ll visit the best binocular shop in Yorkshire, In Focus at

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Swillington Ings

Swillington Ings is a little known area of the Aire Valley and home to the Swillington Ings Bird Group. We’ll use their hide to look at the birds on Astley Lake before checking out the nearby woodland between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation. We’ll look for

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Leventhorpe from Methley

After optional breakfast from Rivers Meet Cafe at 9am we’ll head off to Leventhorpe from Methley. Our walk through wooded pathways, riverside and farmland will focus on bird songs and calls. If there’s time we’ll visit the sewage works, a magnet for small insect loving birds such as wagtails and pipits. This

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Dusk at St Aidan’s

Look for short-eared owl, barn owl and little owl on this special dusk outing to St Aidans. We’ll also look for starling flocks, check out the gulls coming to their evening roost and listen for courting water rail. Price £20 including refreshments. Transport available Meet me at 13:00 at the Moor

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Temple Newsam

Visit the formal area of this large estate in Leeds. We’ll start from the Home Farm car park and walk down to the lake and gardens. Our target bird will be the goldcrest and we’ll also look for kingfisher, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and water birds. Booking essential. Price

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Starlings and owls at Staveley

One of my favourite places to visit – this time we’ll take a walk around this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve in the afternoon to see wildfowl, waders and winter flocks of tit, buntings and thrushes. As the light fades, we hope to watch water rail, barn owl and a small

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