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Bushcrafts, wild food foraging, bird watching, wildlife, nature and ancient craft skills in North East England and the North West Highlands of Scotland


Bird watching tours in Durham and Northumberland

Nightjars watching Durham and NorthumberlandThe North East has a very broad range of habitats from heather moors and upland woodlands through rolling farmland, ancient broadleaved woodlands to rich wetland and river habitats to coastal wetlands, estuaries and unspoilt shorelines. The result is that the region is basically a fantastic place to go bird watching. At any time of the year there'll be excellent bird watching to be had by visiting the right places. Whether you're an interested beginner or a seasoned expert looking for a particular tick we'll share those places and their birdlife with you.

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Ring or email to book either a half or a full day for a day and time that suits you. We have a number of pairs of binoculars available if you don’t have your own.

Cost: Half day bird watch - 100 for two to four people, 10 per additional group member
         Full day bird watch - 150 for two to four people, 20
per additional group member
         Individual one-to-one booking available at 100 half day, 150 full day

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and click on the button below to pay online.

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Further information: Participants should be 16 or over. We will be walking at a gentle pace but this may include some steep slopes and uneven ground. Please let us know of any special requirements and we can select a route to suit you.

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Gift Vouchers

The ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher open for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.

Teesdale

Weardale

Allen Banks

Coastal Northumberland

Teesmouth and Seal Sands

Black grouse and birdwatching in Upper Teesdale Short eared owl birdwatching in the North Pennines
pied flycatcher bird watching Allen Banks Northumberland eider duck birdwatching on Northumberland coast
Redshank birdwatching at Teesmouth and Seal sands
Predominantly bird watching in upland habitat with large areas of open water. Possible sightings include black grouse, breeding waders inc. snipe, golden plover, common sandpiper, curlew, ravens, peregrine, merlin.......
Predominantly bird watching in upland habitat including good upland oak woodland. Possible sightings include shorteared owl, merlin, range of breeding waders, ring ousel, redstart, pied flycatcher....
Bird watching in beautiful mixed woodland in a steep river valley. Possible sightings include wood warbler, pied flycatcher, nuthatch, blackcap, dipper, great spotted and green woodpecker..........
Bird watching on open shoreline and coastal wetlands. Excellent in winter for wide range of waterfowl, waders and pink footed geese. Passage migrants in autumn and spring and breeding terns, puffins and eider in summer.....
Bird watching on large eastuary with mudflats, salt marsh habitat and coastal wetlands. Excellent in winter for wide range of waterfowl and waders. Passage migrants in autumn and spring. Breeding  wetland birds such as reed bunting....

Beginner's guide to birdwatching

Woodland

Wetlands and rivers

Moorland

Farmland

Chiffchaff birdwatching for beginners goldcrest bird watching in woodlands
Great crested grebe birdwatching in wetlands and rivers
Curlew birdwatching in the North Pennines
Yellowhammer birdwatching in farmland
This half day activity is for anyone who is interested in bird watching and wants a helping hand to get started. We’ll cover a range of important points including:
choosing and using binoculars, blending in, key identification features, calls and songs, behaviour and  habitat.
A focus on bird watching  in particular habitats. Explore a favorite woodland of your own choosing with a guide or let us select somewhere suitable. The visit will include not only identification by sight and calls/songs but also behaviour and habitat needs. A focus on bird watching in particular habitats. Explore a favorite wetland/river habitat of your own choosing with a guide or let us select somewhere suitable. The visit will include not only identification by sight and by calls/songs but also behaviour and habitat needs. A focus on bird watching in particular habitats. Explore a favorite upland of your own choosing with a guide or let us select somewhere suitable. The visit will include not only identification by sight and by calls/songs but also behaviour and habitat needs. A focus on bird watching in particular habitats. Explore a favorite lowland farmland habitat of your own choosing with a guide or let us select somewhere suitable. The visit will include not only identification by sight and by calls/songs but also behaviour and habitat needs.

Nightjar special

Black grouse special

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Nightjars in Durham and Northumberland Black grouse and birdwatching in Upper Teesdale
Discover the secrets of the elusive and enigmatic nightjar. Sightings can never be guaranteed but we'll give you the best chance you'll have to both see and hear this rare species. June/July sunset - dusk activity. Watch the amazing black grouse strut its stuff at the lek. Black grouse can be seen lekking out of the breeding season - a sort of pre-season warm up but we'll visit in late winter early spring when they are at it full tilt! Dawn or before dusk activity.