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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
S Preddy Bristol, Avon Anytime English
Based in Bristol, 25+ years experience of British birding, 15+ years elsewhere in Europe/Western Palearctic. Happy to provide information on birds and birding sites in South & West England and Wales, and to accompany visiting birders to sites in & around Bristol & neighbouring counties for general birding or to seek out specific target birds. Weekends/evenings are best but weekdays possible at times. Diverse other wildlife interests and also into birdsound recording, bird photography. www.bristolwildlife.com
A Gibb Bristol, Avon Anytime English
My experience stretches from these corners of Somerset and Gloucestershire, through the Midlands and up to the Highlands of Scotland. I can also claim Hampshire, Sussex, Norfolk and the north-east.
R Foskett Bedford, Bedfordshire Weekend English
Bedfordshire is one of England's smallest counties in England but is well served by a good number of active county birders with some good locations to bird. It probably wouldn't be the first choice to visit for a birder coming from overseas to the UK because the list is not that large but there is excellent information available on the internet for those that find themselves in its boundaries. The Bedfordshire Bird Club has been established for many years and has an excellent webite at http://www.bedsbirdclub.org.uk/
The very latest news is posted on Bedfordshire's own birding Yahoo group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bedsbirds/
R Hicks Bedford, Bedfordshire Anytime English
G Player Shefford, Bedfordshire Weekend English
C Scherber Ascot, Berkshire Anytime English
A Camp Hungerford, West Berkshire Weekend English
I am a keen amateur birdwatcher, who also takes part in the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) atlas survey work and bird ringing (Banding). My local area has a range of habitats including gravel pits, lowland marsh, reclaimed heath and rolling chalk downland. There are a good range of standard British birds including Red Kite which has become established over the last few years. The local Berkshire bird site has daily reports so that you can check whats happening. Its at http://www.berksbirds.co.uk/birdnews.asp if you want to take a look.
M Collard Gt Missenden, Bucksinghamshire Anytime English, German
Happy to help anybody who is staying in the Chilterns and needs a few species; also advicee by email is available.
J Callaghan Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire Anytime English
M Slaymaker Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire Anytime English
I am an experienced birder, attempted photographer (digi-scoper), qualified ringer/bander based in Milton Keynes although often work contracts in other parts of the UK. My blog is www.mattslaymaker.co.uk.
J Hanlon Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Anytime English
I live just south of Cambridge. The Cambridgeshire fens and the Brecks are all well within an hour's drive and the Norfolk coast is 1.5 - 2 hrs from me. I work 5 days a week and am happy to act as a guide on the remaining two - but note these 2 days are often midweek. My services are free except when I have to arrange leave from work (eg for a short holiday of a week or less) or change my days off! I have transport if needed in the form of a 4-seater car. I can't guarantee my availability but do e-mail me and I'll try to be flexible. I have been birding 20+ years, have found a number of national (and local) rarities and have visited all corners of the British Isles. Some of my adventures are recorded in my book, UK500: Birding in the Fast Lane (Brambleby Books, 2006), in which I tell the tale of how I have managed to see 500 species in Britain & Ireland.
B Wylie Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Anytime English, Spanish
Not actually free at any time, but my working hours are flexible. East Anglia coast is better than the immediate Cambridge area.
M Mellor Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Weekend English, French
Keen, but fairly new birder (a year or so, but a pretty obsessive year!) - I go regularly (1-2 times a week) to a small reserve called Fowlmere, but travel to France a good deal and into Norfolk and of course my own county, Cambridgeshire, where I know some very good places.
M Hows Cambridge/Norfolk, Cambridgeshire Weekend English, German
G Hamlett Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Anytime English
B Bree St Helier, Jersey, Channel Isles Anytime French, English, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin
T Earl St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Isles Weekend English
H Cook Altrincham, Cheshire Weekend English
J Dolan Altrincham, Cheshire Anytime English
I cover Cheshire including The Wirral.
K Connolly Chester, Cheshire English, French
Rural, good birding, coastal too Dee Estuary.
R Hargreaves Manchester, Cheshire Anytime English
K Kannah Manchester, Cheshire Weekend English
R Pocklington Manchester, Cheshire Weekend English
I am a keen Ornithologist and am keen on most living things with 2 to 4 legs,any thing else is bird food (but can be interesting,and nice to look at)! I live close to the Lake District National park, and South Lakeland is rich in wildlife. I also live close to nationally known Leighton Moss RSPB nature reserve,where which Bitterns, Marsh harrier and Bearded can be seen throughout the year especially in summer.
J Dunning Manchester, Cheshire Anytime English
I Work for the Royal Society for the protection of birds in the Peak District national park at RSPB Dove Stone also wetland bird survey co-ordinator for Greater Manchester. Always happy to go birding!
G Littler Parkgate, Cheshire Anytime English, Some Spanish
Retired seaman, interested birder. Live on coast close to salt marsh owned by RSPB. My main interest is raptors.
B Rushton Runcorn, Cheshire Weekend English
D Buchanan Warrington, Cheshire Anytime English, basic French
I have been birding for 25 years and am a semi-retired doctor. I am an honorary warden and Secretary/Treasurer of the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group. The Eyes is a Warrington wetland reserve. One of the best sites in our county, it is good for wintering wildfowl, breeding warblers and host 30% of the UK breeding population of Black-necked Grebe. The web site is www.woolstoneyes.co.uk. Look at articles for more information. I have experience of birding in many countries in Africa, The Americas and Asia/Pacific.
J Howard Warrington, Cheshire Weekend English
I am a keen birder located near Warrington UK. From here you can reach reserves at Anglesey, Leighton Moss and many others. Happy to guide people at weekends (and possibly the odd day mid week).



J Stockil Middlesbrough, Cleveland Most times English
I just love birdwatching and know lots of sites around the North East of England Area:
Saltholme, Hartlepool, Seaton, Teesmouth

Area Birds:
Many and varied
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies
R Little Hartlepool, Cleveland Weekend English
G Joynt Hartlepool, Cleveland Anytime English
M Benge Levens/Kendal, Cumbria Anytime English
The nearest town is Kendal and 40 minutes further south is Lancaster. Heyshgam Bird Observatory is close by on the coast, with the Ribble estuary a little further south; there is also a bird observatory at Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness.Have been birding for some 20+ years, mainly in the UK but have also done some in USA, France, Sweden. I live close (20 Minutes) to Leighton Moss RSPB reserve which I visit but not so regularly as I would wish to. Additionally Walney Island Reserve is about 1 hour away. There are of course other reserves in Cumbria and North Lancashire and I have quite a bit of experience in the NE Englands areas. Finally the potential for birding in Cumbria, North Lancashire, Co Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire and SW Scotland is very good in all seasons, with a lot of reserves and other places that can be visited.

 

  I McLean Seaton, Devon Anytime English
  I have been a birder for about 30 years, so sadly can no longer hear the higher pitched calls. I'm now retired so have time to show people around my corner of East Devon.

It includes a number of local bird reserves, the closest being accessible and good for seeing birds up close.

Seaton is situated at one end of the Jurassic coast and has a long flat promenade popular with less able visitors.

However if you are fit I may take you up Beer Head, which is fairly steep.

I'm willing to offer advice on birding elsewhere but will not be travelling to Norfolk to show you around.

Please don't bring nuts with you, not permitted in my car.
Area:


Area Birds:

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


 
A Kydd near Sheffield (10 miles west), Derbyshire Anytime English
I live at the northern edge of the Peak District National Park. I am retired and can be available most days if not otherwise occupied.
P Quinn Bournemouth, Dorset Weekend English
I have been birding for over 10 years and am happy to show people some of the birding spots in Dorset, including Poole Harbour, Christchurch Harbour and the New Forest (Hampshire).
D Taylor Christchurch, Dorset Weekend English
B Ford Portland, Dorset Anytime English
C Wyeth Weymouth, Dorset Weekend English
P Wood Basildon, Essex Weekend English
I was born in Essex and have been interested in wildlife generally and birds specifically for as long as I can remember. Although I am an avid local patch watcher, although I did my fair share of UK twitching from 1983 until I left the UK in 1991. My main local patch focus was and is again East Tilbury (which is on the Thames estuary), although I also visit other local sites regularly, with less frequent visits to Rainham Marshes RSPB, Hanningfield Reservoir and Abberton Reservoir. I carry out the regular WeBS counts for East Tilbury. From May 1991 to June 2001 I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa. During those years I birded all over South Africa and also visited Botswana (twice), Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe on birding trips. I also spent much of my birding time on local patch watching in SA (at Marievale, a marsh near Johannesburg), but regularly visited Cape Town for pelagic trips throughout the year. In addition to my African birding experience, I have also birded in various European countries (France, Greece, Netherlands and Spain), Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the USA.


C Scott Colchester, Essex Anytime English, Spanish, some French
I have been an active birder in the UK & abroad for more than 20 years. I know the birding spots around Colchester well.

I travel abroad regularly, but given enough notice,I am very flexible.
Area:
Abberton Reservoir NR, Fingringhoe Wick NR, Old Hall RSPB reserve

Area Birds:
Winter:Redshank,Curlew,Blacktailed Godwit,Teal,Wigeon,Gadwall,Brent Geese
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching,fly fishing;
Travel: walking, hiking,train, car, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise,
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, Attend: concert, theatre, sports event,
Participate: play competitive tennis, club, classical, wine, beer.

R Graves Colchester, Essex Weekend English
My local area is close to the coast and River Blackwater estuary in Essex. There are varied habitats but particularly marshes, mudflats, reservoirs, gravel pits and the like. The region is very well birded and good information on the latest local sightings is always available. Autumn, winter and spring are the best times but there are birds at any time. I have been birding for over 30 years and also have some knowledge of butterflies and mammals.
A Mullins Colchester, Essex Weekend English
N May Waltham Abbey, Essex Weekend English, some, French, German
I live very close to the edge of London, and right next to the Lea Valley Park. I have been birdwatching for 44 years - since I was 7! (though for much of the time not having a clue what I was looking at!). RSPB member, and active in local Members' Group until its demise. I carry out voluntary duties for the Lea Valley Park and RSPB (Bittern Info Point etc), and I carry out a monthly 'WeBs' count for a site in the Lea Valley. I am friendly with many other local birders, including others already registered as 'Birding Pals'. I am a teacher, so I would be available for all of the week during UK School Holidays.
C Downing Cardiff, South Glamorgan Anytime English
M King Gloucester, Gloucestershire Weekend English
A Baxter Gloucester, Gloucestershire Weekend English
I am a very keen birder, with 30yrs of expericence, but enjoy all types of 'birding'. Get as much enjoyment from looking at the common species, to a 'lifer'. My local patch is Churchdown Hill, a Woodland trust broadleaved wood. Have seen 70 species over the years. Just down the road, I visit Coombe Hill Water meadows, this site has great potential, with several rarities turning up.
G Kirk Stroud, Gloucestershire Weekend English


 

  P. Green Bangor, Gwynedd Anytime English
  I live on the edge of Snowdonia National Park with its famous mountains and moorland and close to Anglesey which has a fantastic rocky and sandy coastline as well as inland lakes.

I am recently retired and hoping to spend more time travelling and exploring new places. I am a moderately practised birdwatcher on my home turf, but no expert.

Always pleased to have the benefit of others' knowledge and to share information.
Area:
South Stack, Holyhead; Y Foryd, Caernarfon; RSPB Conwy; Malltraeth estuary; Gwydyr Forest; Cemlyn Bay.

Area Birds:
Wide range of woodland and coastal birds.

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching
Travel: walking
Visit: tourist site, museum, art galleries
Attend: live music, local events
Participate: involved in putting on local art exhibitions and cultural events

R Seargent Farnborough, Heathrow, Hampshire Weekend English
P E Hutchins Overton, Hampshire Anytime English
Living in the south of England but more than happy to travel to show others the best of British birding!
J Mycock Southampton, Hampshire Weekend English
reasonable French
I have been a keen birder for 39 years and have been based in southern England for the past 16 years. I live close to several good coastal birding spots, and have good knowledge of the New Forest and the NE Hants heaths. I am a biology graduate and a countryside management profesional. I have 2 teenage kids, so birding is mostly confined to weekends or summer evenings. Happy to meet up with individuals or small groups, both local and visitors, for birding. I have carried out numerous bird surveys and am confident on song and calls of British birds in addition to visual ID.



J Brandsma Southampton, Hampshire Weekends English, German, Dutch
I have been birding for over 25 years and moved to the UK in 2011. I love travelling the world and meeting new people. I am happy to provide local intel to birders visiting my local area and show them around (with a bit of prewarning due to a busy family life :) Area:
New Forest, Test river valley, Solent coast, South Downs

Area Birds:
Good variety of habitats with the New Forest having the most specialities
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching
Travel: walking, hiking, train, bus, car, biking, cruise
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation
Attend: concert, dance show, theatre, live music, convention
Participate: bar, rock, classical, beer, social games, computer games
P Quinn Hampshire Anytime English
S Coney Hereford, Herefordshire Anytime English
I am the County bird-recorder and co-author of Where to watch birds in the West Midlands. I have good experience of birding in the County and receive news of scarcer birds as they are found. I work as an ecologist, specialising in birds, bats and amphibians.
M Pullen Ledbury, Herefordshire Anytime English
I know some good places in Ledbury and Hereford where you can find Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Kingfisher, Yellowhammer etc.
J Forgham Norfolk/Suffolk, Hertfordshire Weekend English
G Christie Kent Anytime English
J Stedman Broadstairs, Kent Weekend English
J Cantelo Canterbury, Kent Weekend English
"Due to the variety of local habitats (Grove/Stodmarsh for marshland, Blean for woodland, oare for coastal wetland and Reculver/Sandwich for migrants) plus internationally well known sites like Dungeness nearby, Canterbury is a superb base for birding. I'm a teacher and long time birder who has managed to unite his professional training and personal interests as a part-time field teacher at Dungenss for the RSPB. I am also a member of the executive committee of the KOS (Kent Ornithological Society)".
A Lawson London, Kent Anytime English, German, Spanish, French
I am a seasoned birdwatcher on a mission to show you the birds of Kent, London and south-east England. With a commitment and joy to showing you the birds of my local and not so local areas, I can use my contacts and 30 years of birdwatching to make sure of a great day out. I can cater for all abilities, whether you like the finer identification points or simply looking at a wide variety of birds. Please email me and I'll try and help.
E Hood Maidstone, Kent Weekend English, French
D Taylor Maidstone, Elmley/Cliffe NR, Kent Anytime English
I moved to Kent in 1964 and have been involved with the Kent Ornithological Society in a number of capacities ever since. I have written extensively about the birds of the county and I am at present working on the 5th edition of "Where to Watch Birds in Kent, Surrey and Sussex". I also had "Birding in Kent" published in 1996, which includes a chapter on one of my passions: studying the birds of a local patch. Kent is blessed with a number of excellent RSPB & KWT Reserves, all within an hour or so of Maidstone.
K Lydford Margate, Kent Anytime English
I am based in Thanet, Kent and in driving distance of a number of good birding spots. I have been birding for over 25 years and I am pleased to help visiting birders of any level; generalist or 'dawn to dusker'.
G Segelbacher Kent Weekend English, German
I bird South-East Kent.
P Forrest Sandwich, East Kent Anytime English
N Riley Burnley, Lancashire Anytime English
D Webb Clitheroe, Lancashire Anytime English, some German
English male, 60, n/s, living in rural area, Lancashire, Ribble valley.
N Winn Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancashire Anytime English
I work as a freelance professional guide in both Svalbard and Scotland. My main interest is seabird ecology. However when at home I am more than willing to spend time FOC with quality like minded people up in the hills of my home area of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. This area is great for northern upland birds and raptors. My website is www.island-expeditions.co.uk.
S S Liverpool, Lancashire Anytime English
J Dempsey Liverpool/Merseyside, Lancashire Anytime English
I Howarth Liverpool/Merseyside, Lancashire Anytime English
J Stannage Liverpool/Merseyside, Lancashire Weekend English
I'm willing to help anyone who would like to bird Merseyside. I have been birding for 26 years and very good bird brain and love the twitching.
D Blair Lytham St Annes, Lancashire Anytime English
On coast near Blackpool, local for Ribble Estuary and Fylde Coast, lots of waders, occasional harriers and owls. Within an hours drive of Leighton Moss (bittern, bearded tit, marsh harrier, avocet etc).
S Piner Preston, Lancashire Anytime English, French, Japanese
A keen birder from Lancashire who has the field ability and endeavour to show you birds both locally and further afield.
K Lawson Preston, Lancashire Anytime English
We live near the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within easy reach of Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. We could take you to these, and/or other places within an hour's drive, for such species as red grouse, lapwing, black-tailed godwit, marsh tit, willow tit, tree sparrow and corn bunting; and, depending on the season, pink-footed goose (thousands around and possibly a few other geese), twite and hawfinch (Winter); hen harrier and lesser whitethroat (Spring); from Spring going into Summer we could look for marsh harrier, redstart and ring ouzel, while curlew breed in the fields surrounding our home. Warblers are my favourite bird family.
S Hayat Rossendale, Lancashire Anytime English, Pushto, Urdu
Nice landscapes ranging from moorland to sand dunes to woodland. Wide variety of British species found locally throughout summer and winter.
D Gifford Up Holland, Lancashire Anytime English/French
minimal German
Over 35 years experience as a birder worldwide. Ex part-time lecturer in ornithology. Leads small groups and individuals regularly at local Lancashire sites. Member of BTO, RSPB, WWT and Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

 
P Anderson Caton, Lancaster, North Lancashire Anytime English
The area around where I live is scenically attractive as well as being good for birds. I am a keen and enthusiastic amateur birder. Leighton Moss RSPB, Lune Valley, Morecambe Bay Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, butterflies, flowers
Travel: train, bus, car, walking
Visit: nature reserves and general countryside

 

  S Lister Loughborough, Leicestershire Anytime English
  I was the county recorder for Leicestershire and Rutland until recently, and have lived in the county for twenty years.

Loughborough is not the best place for birding but is centrally located for exploring the county, and Rutland Water is only 25 miles away.
Area:
Rutland Water

Area Birds:

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino


 
D March Leicester, Leicestershire Weekend English
I do most of my bird watching in my home town of Leicester.
J Hague Leicester, Leicestershire Anytime English
I'm the newsletter editor for LROS, the county society. Leicestershire isn't the best place for birds or birding, but we do have some good areas to watch and I'll be happy to show you around. I'm also interested in most wildlife most especially butterfies and dragonflies. I may be availble on other days of the week so please email me and check.
K Reeves Leicestershire(Summer) Anytime English
D Seed Grantham, Lincolnshire Anytime English
Area includes Peregrine and Buzzards
K Barrell Grimsby, Lincolnshire Anytime English
D Lingard Lincoln, Lincolnshire Anytime English
D Johnson Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire Anytime English
J Thompson London Anytime English
R Bonser London - Central Weekend English/some
Spanish/French
Happy to take serious birders from around the world out in and around London. I live near Canary Wharf but have an extensive knowledge of London, the southeast and further afield in the UK. If you're looking for an evening's birding after a day in the office in the summer months that's fine, while happy to talk through options/ideas for weekends targetting specific species etc. I'm in my early 30s, been birding since well before my teens and currently Inner London bird recorder (also on the London rarities committee), and a regular contributor to Birdwatch and Birding World magazines. Really enjoy local birding, with an unhealthy gull obsession (found London's first two Bonaparte's Gulls) when I'm not on my travels elsewhere around the Western Palearctic and the world! Look forward to hearing from you...
A Gardiner London Anytime English
Hertfordshire is an inland county north of London, but it does have some good birding areas such as the Lea valley, Tring and Hilfiedl Park reservoirs. It is very close to three of the main airports serving the London area. I write a bi-monthly bulletin about recent sightings and I also handle the majority of the records sent in electronically, so I have a good idea as to what interesting birds are around.
M Braun London Anytime English
S Hyam London Anytime English
N Schorbon London Weekend English
D Gedge London Weekend English
M Wurr London Weekend English
A Madgwick London Weekend English
I live in Leytonstone (East London) with easy access to Epping Forest (foot, mountain bike or car) and make regular visits to the Lea Valley Park and RSPB Rainham Marshes. As well as being regular birder, I am a keen "amateur" entomologist (specialising in Odonata).
L Wortley London Anytime English
P Bull London Weekend English
Mostly weekends, but I also have flexible time in School holidays. I'm in Southwest London and bird mostly in Kent, but all around the Southeast and East of England.
D McKenzie London(Inner) Anytime English
P Jenkins London Anytime English, some French
I've been birding for 35+ years, in the UK, US and worldwide. We are about 20 mins N of Heathrow by car and 20 mins NW of London (by train) - so very easy for city visitors to pop out to the country to improve their UK list. Several good sites within 30 mins of Watford.
J Lethbridge London Anytime English, French, some German
I live on the east side of London, the best side for birds! Happy to show visiting birders round sites like Rainham Marshes, the Lea Valley, or my home patch of Wanstead. I'll help if I can. Got kids which limits availability but sometimes they can come too.
H Boorman London Weekend English
Hi my name is Harry and I am a keen birder when i get the time. Over the last year I have been concentrating my birding in London areas and have even run a few guided trips. My birding skills are pretty good but not exceptional however I have a good understanding of the London area and where to find birds in and around the city. Recently I undertook a birding challange to spot 100 species within the M25 in 48 hours on may 28th/29th 2011. On this occasion we didn't quite complete the task but am hoping to smash this in 2012 by competing in peak migration and using my ever increasing knoledge of London bird sites. To learn more about me visit my website www.earlybirders.net Im happy to answer any questions ect people may have about London birding. If I don't know the answer myself I certainly know how to find the information.
C Beazley London Weekend English
Good knowledge of London and surrounding sites. Partner has a car, but lots accessible by public transport. Let me know if you have a target list and I'll see what I can do! Also, fungi interest as well as some botany and mammals. General London activities, restaurants etc. tips happily given! I love meeting new people.

 

  J. Edwards London (Inner), UK Anytime English
  I am a retired professor of medicine at University College London. I have had great welcomes from birders when visiting the USA and elsewhere, over the years.

We live by Hampstead Heath, which is one of the best inner London patches. For those on a first visit from other continents, based in London, I would be happy to try to find some starter European birds and advise on options further afield.

A day’s birding can yield 30-65 species, depending on how adventurous the schedule.

I usually include a rural site out of town for a full day. More ambitious trips to find specific targets, including Suffolk coast species may be feasible.
Area:
Hampstead Heath, London
Regent’s Park, inner London
Brent Reservoir, northwest London
Tyttenhanger fishing lakes, Hertfordshire
Rainham Marsh, Essex

Area Birds:
London area birds are mostly common urban-tolerant species but can include Hobby, Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Skylark, Lapwing and other waders, and several warblers.

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, photography, hiking, butterflies, boating, skiing
Travel: train, bus, car, long walk
Visit: museum, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture
Attend: concert, ballet
J Slaughter London (Greater) Anytime English, Afrikaans, German, French
I am a novice enthusiast and having lived in South Africa for 36 years I am more knowledgeable on that region.
C Dheerasekara London, Crofton Gateway Anytime English
C Lamsdell London, North Heathrow Anytime English
Based near Heathrow with, 30 years experience of British birding, and elsewhere in Europe/Obverseas. Was previously one of the London bird recorders and one of the London Bird report editorial team. Happy to provide information on birds and birding sites in the South of England and elsewhere if I am able to do so, and to accompany visiting birders to sites in & around West side of London, & neighbouring counties as a Birding Pal for general birding or to seek out specific target birds. Happy to do local journeys around Heathrow, but due to high fuel costs, if anything involves high mileage I may ask for help with fuel costs only, but will let you know before hand so you can decided whether you are happy with that arrangement or not.

I can do more extensive trips away from West London and/or over one day, but this would be on paid guided basis, or if unavailable I can you put you in touch with Birding in London. Available any time, unless away elsewhere. Also have a keen interest in Butterflies if any assistance is needed in that area and can do trips to the the local hot spots at the right times of the year.
R Unite London, North Heathrow Anytime English
C Wilkinson London, South/East Weekend English
D Lambert London, Walthamstow Anytime English
J Dee Wimbledon/SW London Anytime English
I'm new to this website but I know British birds very well. I'm not a professional guide but would be happy to go out with visitors and help identify what we see.
F Hodgson Ramsey, Isle of Man Anytime English
Retired and living on Isle of Man with its glorious wildlife and varied habitats. Everything from Pelagic to high Moorlands is here. Regular sightings of 'Cornish' Chough, Peregrines, Hen Harriers etc., Happy to escort you or just guide you where you want to be. Only a small Island so no great travelling involved between sites.


K Webb Hugh town, Isle of Scilly Anytime English
Area:
Isle of Scilly

Area Birds:
rare, migrating and resident
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies

C Tynan Liverpool, Merseyside Anytime English
Group Leader of RSPB Liverpool and very used to taking people out birding around Liverpool and further afield.
M Binns Southport, Merseyside Weekend English


A Clancy London , Middlesex Anytime English
Am keen birder Area:
Wetland Centre, Rainham Marshes

Area Birds:
British List
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, butterflies,
S Jackson Stanwell, Middlesex Anytime English

B York Birmingham, West Midlands Anytime English
GCSE French
Retired (young 70) keen on Bird-watching anywhere. Have been a keen and all-round sportsman. Married and my wife shares my interests. although the West Midlands is not a terrific birding area,we do have some Reserves producing good birds,especially in passage periods.
C Smith Birmingham, West Midlands Anytime English
C Williamson North to Birmingham, West Midlands Anytime English
The West Midlands we are very well served by various nature reserves and Birding societies (some of which have there own reserves or are the 'caretaker' of reserves). My own website www.mygardenbirds.co.uk has links to several of the local clubs and reserves. Pleae have a look and you are welcome to use any of the data on my website. The 'jewel in the crown' for us here is a reserve belonging to Worcerstershire Wildlife Trust called the 'Christopher Cadbury Reserve' at Upton Warren. It is very accessable (with permit from the Trust) as it is only about 3kn from the motorway M5. At junction 5, Droitwich, you turn east and the reserve is near the sailing centre on your right. We have Avocet (recurvirostra avosetts) nesting and several other waders. It is always a magnet for birds migrating through as there are saline (salt) pools as well as freshwater.
C Watt Wolverhampton, West Midlands Anytime English
Plenty of birds, good spots, a binocular superstore, and an experienced birder named Dr Anketell.
D Machin Cantley, Norfolk Weekend English
Steve and I live on the edge of the marshes, adjacent to Cantley Sugar Beet factory, in the centre of The Norfolk Broads National Park, close to Strumpshaw RSPB reserve, Hickling, NWT reserve,etc etc and within a twenty minute drive of the coast and Breydon Estuary. Both keen birders, with a wealth of knowledge and experience of Norfolk birdiing, and Steve is a bird and wildlife photographer, also interested particulkarly in moths.
D Corless Great Yarmouth, East Anglia, Norfolk Anytime English
S Smith Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Weekend English
Very keen birder. Norfolk is a premier birding County and I know it well.
K Reeves Hunstanton, Norfolk Anytime English
A Mansfield North Walsham, Norfolk Anytime English
Norfolk is a terrific birding County and I'm familiar with all the best spots. The Broads or the North Norfolk Coast and its great reserves at Cley and Titchwell.
J Thomas North Walsham, Norfolk Weekend English, a little Spanish, French
We live halfway between the north coast and the Norfolk broads, for year round interest Norfolk probably offers the best birding in the UK. May, sept and october offer the best time to see scarce migrants and rarities, but there is a range of special wintering and breeding species.
H Berg Norwich, Norfolk Weekend English
I live in the city centre, with good train and bus access to most sites of interest, including the North Norfolk coast. I do not own a car.
G Bowen Norwich, Norfolk Weekend English
C Lansdell Norwich, Norfolk Anytime English
K Elsby Norwich, Norfolk Anytime English, some Spanish and French
I live close the the major wildlife reserves in Norfolk such as Cley and Titchwell, and within easy reach of Minsmere and Cabridgeshire. I have a wide interest in natural history and photography and am a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and sit on the wildlife group of the RPS.
A Hale Swaffham, Norfolk Anytime English
M Blick South Durham, county Durham, North East Anytime English, French
I bird the North East coast of England, plus North Yorks Moors.
E Barnes Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland Anytime English
A Jack Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland Weekend English
K Dawson Wylam, Northumberland Anytime English, some basic French
I live near Newcastle upon Tyne. Notable local reserves include the Farne Islands (Northumberland) and Saltholme (Teesmouth). There are other good birding areas on the Northumberland coast, and in the Northumberland National Park and North Pennines. The Solway coast and Morecambe Bay have important national reserves, and are accessible for day visits. I do not specialise in photography, but have knowledge of other natural history subjects, e.g. butteflies, wild flowers, mammals. I do not wish to charge for my services, but would expect a contribution towards fuel if I carry passengers.
S Osborne Northumberland Weekend English
Keen birder, happy to show you around the North East or provide advice on the best birding spots.
B Bullough Northumberland Anytime English
some Spanish
I live on the South Northumberland coast and I know the county very well, I like to photograph birds but would not class myself as a photographer, I publish my sightings via my blog which is regularly updated.
T Barker Kettering, Northamptonshire Weekend English
L Brooks Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Anytime English
I am retired so are available most days. I am secretary of Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group (www.PPNSG.com) which is about 100 strong and monitors, maintains and manages a former colliery waste tip for Derbyshire County Council. 160 birds, 25 species of butterflies and 19 species of dragonflies. The birding around the Mansfield area reachs into the Moorlands of Derbyshire, ancient forest areas and general farmland areas, reasonably good birding but nothing major garenteed.
K Stevenson Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Anytime English
H Broughton Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Anytime Fluent Nottinghamese
I run the Rushcliffe Barn Owl Project so anyone visiting in summer might be lucky enough to see these fantastic birds close up.
M Smithson Worsop, Nottinghamshire Anytime English
Live in a small village outside Worksop and boast a god couple of sites. I run disabledbirdrsassociation.co.uk website. I have been birding since the 70's and have a few birds accpted by he brc don't go out looking for rarities just go out birding.
H Whitehouse Oxford, Oxfordshire Weekends English, Tok Pisin, Bislama
I am a regular visitor to Farmoor Reservoir and associated habitats.
S Alley Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Anytime English
I am the Field Trip Secretary for the Oxfordshire Ornithological Society and over the past 10 years have guided many people on birding trips around England, particularly Oxfordshire but also further afield in England as well as to Wales, Ireland and Belgium.
C Needham Rutland Water, Rutland Anytime English
Somerset
 

 

  E. Ovens Somerset Most days not Fridays. English
  Area:
Somerset wetland areas, including RSPB Ham Wall, National Nature Reserve Shapwick Heath, WWT Steart Marshes.

Area Birds:
Wetland species including Crane, Great Egret, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus)

Interests:
Nature: birding


 
L Phillips Bath, Somerset Anytime English
I am male and watch birds mainly and other wildlife in the south west of Englang but would consider further afield. My favourite sites are the Somerset levels and the Dorset coast. I am married with 2 teenage children.
J Packer Berrow, Somerset Anytime English
R Musgrove Bridgwater, Somerset Anytime English
P Duffus Bristol, Somerset Weekend English
S Gould Wells, Somerset Anytime English
P Inman Weston super Mare, Somerset Anytime English
I am a volunteer wildlife warden I live close to a few nature reserves the island of Steepholm famous for its gull colony, Also Uphill nature reserve once popular for skylarks and warblers sadly these birds have declined rapidly in recent years.
J Ballantine Uttoxeter, East Staffordshire Anytime English, some French, German
Several sites fairly local: Blithfield Res. Branston GP. Many within 1 hour's drive. I'm a birder who takes some bird photos. I'm retired so free most days.
T Bamber Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Anytime English, French, German, Japanese
P Whittaker Ipswich, Suffolk Anytime English
G Mortimer Ipswich, Suffolk Anytime English
G Grieco Ipswich, Suffolk Weekend English
C Wilson Lowerstoft, Suffolk Anytime English
E Hutchings Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk Anytime English, French
P Gaffan Steeple Bumpstead, Suffolk Weekend English, French, German, Russian
S Read Sudbury, Suffolk Anytime English
I live in West Suffolk have been birding 30 years.
P Rowberry Suffolk Anytime English, some French
The East Coast of England is a remarkable place for seeing birds in what is a heavily populated island. I have been visiting the area since I was young and have been living in the area for 11 years. I am now retired and willing to help people with details of the area or to accompany them on visits. I am a generalist wildlife watcher and ecologist, so my bird ID skills are not perfect; I am still learning, but we never stop learning. Prefer not to drive.
C Wilson Camberley, Surrey Anytime English, limited Spanish
Very close to the Thames Basin heaths holding the Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and Nightjars which have European protection. Hobby, Firecrest and Tree Pipits are also found locally. We have local reservoirs and gravel pits with many species and easy access to the south coast. I edit a county bird report and am a member of the Berkshire and Surrey clubs giving me a great deal of local information on birds and sites. I charge nothing but many people buy me lunch and pay the petrol and sometimes make a small donation to a local club in return for a good day out.
K Betton Farnham, Surrey Weekend English
J Dee Kingston, Surrey Anytime English
I live in Wimbledon, but we can drive out to Surrey, if you pay for the petrol. We can also do some south London sights including Barnes Wildlife wetland trust as long as my entrance is covered. I require the guest to pay for any hire car and fuel that we use, but I am willing to do long trips to see as much as possible over several days if necessary.

 

  J Shepherd Richmond, Surrey, UK Anytime English, poor Spanish
  I am a retired vet with professional interests in aquaculture and fisheries Very much an amateur birder and specially interested in bird migration. Area:
Outer London, Nature reserves, wetlands etc

Area Birds:
Bittern, wintering wildfowl

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies

E Collison Arundel, West Sussex Anytime English, French, German
Retired birdwatcher. Coastal and country birds. 2 RSPB sites nearby.
C Seaton Bognor Regis, West Sussex Anytime English
M Dobson Brighton, Sussex Anytime English
I live in Brighton on the south coast of England an hour from London. There are several excellent wildlife reserves within an hour and the South Downs national park 10 minutes away. Am not an expert but a keen birder and would be to show you round the area. Brighton is a cool city too.
J Winder Horsham, Sussex Weekend English
Familiar with birding sites along the South Coast, Surrey Heaths and farther afield in the South East. Volunteer showing visitors of all levels of experience birds at Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve.
P Bowley Littlehampton/Pagham NR, W Sussex Anytime English
M Eader Seaford, East Sussex Anitime English
I am 22 yrs old and have been birding for over 10 years. I have been to Ethiopia, South Africa, The Gambia, Greece and France on birding trips.


C Bradshaw North Shields, Tyne & Wear Most weekends and mondays English
Keen birder and identification buff, rarity finder & bird photographer. Area:
Druridge Bay, St Marys Island, Holy Island, Durham Moors, Teesside

Area Birds:
Roseate Tern, Puffin, Red & Black Grouse, Crossbill, waders, seabirds & migrants
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, fishing, skiing,
Travel: walking, hiking, car, biking, long walk, packpack,
Visit: restaurant,
Attend: concert
Participate: bar, rock, country, wine, beer, liquor
Play: sports

C Martenson Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire Weekend English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
I've been interested in birds and wildlife all my life. I map birds as part of BirdAtlas 2007-11. English countryside birds. Upton Warren and Brandon Marsh closeby.
E Hughes Rookey, Isle of Wight Anytime English
The Isle of Wight is a small island with many migrating species like Dartford warbler, Ring Ouzel, Whimbrel and Osprey passing through in spring and autumn.
J King Seaview, Isle of Wight Weekend English, French, Portuguese, some Spanish
I am a novice in the world of birding and very keen to learn. I am a trainee Britsh Trust for Ornithology bird ringer. I like to travel and want to observe birds wherever I can. The Isle of Wight is 5 miles off the south coast of England.
I Dalgleish Upavon, Wiltshire Anytime English, some Spanish
Keen birders, live on edge of very good birding area, but only small cottage for accomodation.
A Gibb Redditch, Worcestershire Anytime English, some French
I can find most of the special birds in the area south of Birmingham and also know the interesting sites most of the way to the South Coast and into Wales. Just as an aside I'm pretty familiar with Scotland too, in case you're on a two-centre visit!
I Riley Redditch, Worcestershire Anytime English
I have always had an eye for nature and as luck has it I live 2mins from a small nature site so I get a lot of bird action.
J Chapman Worcester, Worcestershire/Hereford Anytime English
P Dunn Filey, Yorkshire Anytime English
P Bagguley Leeds, Yorkshire Anytime English
I Traynor York, Yorkshire Anytime English
I'm semi-retired, so I can be free most days. Yorkshire has superb birding potential, and I am familiar with most of the sites, and the species - and where to find particular species at a given time of the year. I lead guided walks at the RSPB's Blacktoft Sands Reserve. If you are a keen nature photographer, then we have another interest in common! I am an active member of the York Ornithological Club and run its website at
www.yorkbirding.org.uk
P Bradley York/Hull, East Riding, Yorkshire Anytime English, fair French
Retired (65), Derwent valley reserves, local hot spots, East Coast, Spurn, etc.
K Lain Yorkshire Anytime English
P Cunningham Flamborough, East Yorkshire Anytime English
Flamborough is one of the top coast sites in Britain. As well as good seawatching, rare passerines are annual for this top migrant spot and it`s great to finally have it on my doorstep. I expect Yellow Browed and Pallas`s Warbler in the garden at least. Local birds include Divers[Loons], Auks, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting and Twite.
S Elliott Pocklington, East Yorkshire Anytime English
I am fully retired and am available to show your round the best birding spots in Yorkshire/Lincolnshire, but I am happy to go anywhere in the North of England. My phone numbers are 07722-956672 or 01759-303093.

G Watola York, North Yorkshire Weekend English
A New Zealander ("kiwi") resident in Yorkshire for many years. Happy to show visiting birders around the finest county in England.
A Whitehead York, North Yorkshire Weekend English
I bird at North Duffield Carrs which is part of the Lower Derwent Valley NNR. I also bird further afield in Yorkshire particularly at Spurn during migration periods.
B Coleman Guisborough, North Yorkshire Anytime English
I live close to Teesmouth, RSPB Saltholme and the North Yorkshire Moors.


L Rombaut Sheffield, South Yorkshire Weekends English, Dutch, French
I am a Biology student at Uni. of Sheffield and I have several years experience of birding.

I know some great sites to see moorland birds, as well as a spot where starlings murmurate en masse during the winter.

I would love to show people the sites where I like to go birding and I can offer you some advice as well if you're visiting the area.
Area:
Peak District in general, Howden Reservoir Moors, Wyming Brook, Padley Gorge

Area Birds:
golden plover, pied flycatcher, ravens, short-eared owl, merlins, red grouse
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching Travel: hiking, train, bus Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, arboretum

L Churton Sheffield, South Yorkshire Anytime English, French (School)
M Oxlade Sheffield, South Yorkshire Anytime English
Sheffield is on the eastern edge of the Pennines. To the west, the moorland and fringes attract birds such as Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Dipper, Red Gouse, Buzzard, Goshawk, Raven, Peregrine, Whinchat, Stonechat. To the east are several lakes which attract various waders, duck and passerines associated with wetlands.

 

  H Steward Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK Weekends only English
  Hi. I am a keen birdwatcher living in Ilkley and know the local area quite well.

Moors, woods and dales are all close by - it's an hour's drive or so from where I live to a range of excellent local reserves (with waders, wildfowl, gulls, terns, etc.)
Area:
Bolton Abbey, Washburn Valley, Swillington Ings, Fairburn Ings

Area Birds:
Pied flycatchers nest at Bolton Abbey; wood warblers in local woods.

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, walking, hiking

L Phipps Leeds, West Yorkshire Anytime English
G Taylor Ossett, West Yorkshire Anytime English, French
I am retired living close to RSPB reserves Blacktoft, Fairburn and Old Moor and happy to show fellow birders around.

Local Birdwatchers in Northern Ireland
E Rolston Lisburn, Antrim Anytime English
P McHaffie Belfast, Antrim Weekend English
M Adamson Bangor, Belfast Anytime English
I have become an enthusiastic bird watcher since retiring very early. I live in Bangor, Co Down where we have Black Guillemots nesting on our pier and they are often sitting just feet away from you. Bangor is only 25 minutes from Belfast where there is a wonderful inside RSPB reserve observatoryand 2 other outside hides. Strangford Lough is 20 minutes away where, in the winter there are 30.000 Light-bellied Brent Geese along with other waders and Pintail ducks. There is a WWT within 30 minutes. I have taken people as far as Rathlin Island which is off Ballycastle, Co Antrim, where between May and July you can see thousands of breeding Auks, Kittiwakes and Fulmars along with breeding Chough, Ravens and Peregrines.
Visit my blog
R Smith Londonderry Anytime English
C Cassidy Londonderry Anytime English
I live in Londonderry, I am a 47 year old passionate birder and wildlide photographer. I do most of my birdwatching in Inch Island, Inishowen and Donegal. I also Bird Myroe in County Londonderry.

Local Birdwatchers in Scotland
S Cook Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Anytime English
Always been interested in wildlife and birds, I am also a photographer. Aberdeen and surrounding areas are abundant with wildlife and birds, catching many passing migrants, areas include rivers, estuary's, pine forests, marsh and sand dunes.
G Smith Dumfries, Galloway Anytime English
I am a volunteer for the RSPB and the SWT (Scottish Widlife Trust), and spend much of my time doing wildlife surveys for these organisations. Dumfries Galloway is great for Geese and Ducks during the winter and holds some good moorland and woodland species during the summer.
B McCurley Dundee, Angus Anytime English
Bob McCurley is probably the best known Birder in Angus/Tayside being heavily involved in all aspects of Angus Birding/Natural History for more years than he cares to remember. Bob formed the Angus and Dundee Bird Club in 1997 (A.D.B.C.), membership has risen to 200 plus members in that time and Bob is the Current Chairman. The Club set up the First Seawatching Hide on the Angus coast, overlooking Lunan Bay affording great all year round viewing of Sea Birds in the Bay plus passage Autumn Sea Birds. In addition the club operates a Forest Hide/Bird feeding station giving great close up views of forest birds and great photographic opportunities. The club has its own Website at www.angusbirding.com and in 2003 forged a Twinning Alliance with the Denver Field Ornithologists, Colorado, U.S.A. Angus enjoys activities from 5 Local Natural History groups, viz, R.S.P.B. S.W.T. S.O.C. and the long established Dundee Naturalists Society specializing in Botany, fungi etc. In short all tastes are catered for in Angus!
M Howes East Ayrshire Anytime English
J Gibb Saltcoats, South West coast (Ayrshire) Weekend English
Some beautiful coastline around my area, range of seabirds within a few miles of where I stay. I'm also a keen photographer, often travel further North into Scottish Highlands. Happy to take fellow birders out into field if I'm available.
J Ogilvie Brechin/Tayside Anytime English
D Rendell Conon Bridge/Ross-Shire/Moray Firth Anytime English
C Baines Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway Anytime English
60yr old male, married been birding 40yrs. I am Moderator of Dumfries and Galloway birding yahoo group, good general knowledge of the area and birding spots, keen to encourage an interest in birds. I live on Carsegowan Moss SWT and 3 miles from Wigtown bay NNR.
N Leighton Dunfermline, Fife Anytime English, French, Hindi, Latin
I'm based just outside Perth in Scotland. I volunteer at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at the Vane Farm reserve (Loch Leven National Nature Reserve) (see rspb.org.uk). Perthshire is OK for birding (Ospreys are a favourite) and there are good sites on the Fife coast, which can be excellent for migrants. My own skills are good but not excellent (can recognise most UK species by sight, and many common ones by call). I'm restricted to public transport, which is a nuisance in Fife, but could arrange to travel further afield, either by public transport or your transport. I can and will head into remote areas to wild camp and go birding/botanise/hike. For those interested, I'm also familiar with most flowering plants, trees and mammals, and can ID the rest with a book.
B Alexander St Andrews, Fife Anytime English
J Roberts St Andrews, Fife Anytime English
I love birds.
W Weld-Moore Fort William, Highland Region Weekend English
I have been birding throughout Ireland and the UK for about 30 years. I live in Fort William and have a reasonably good knowledge of the what to see and where to see a particular species.
A Macfie Inverness, Highland Region Weekend English
I am in Glenurquhart within an hour's drive from two RSPB Reserves at Corrimony and Culbin Sands. The former runs a black grouse safari and the Moray coast is particularly good for winter migrants. The ancient pinewoods of Glen Affric and the West coast are also within easy distance. I have a good knowledge of Highland flora and fauna having worked in nature conservation.
J Armitage Isle of Islay Anytime English
Retired, lifelong birder. Worked professionally in bird conservation. Voluntary Regn. Rep for British Trust for Ornithology so much involved in survey work. See www.birdingodyssey.com
S Kane Glasgow, Lanarkshire Anytime English
I'm self employed bird surveyor, here Scotland. I live close to Barons Haugh RSPB. Barons Haugh nature reserve in Motherwell in Lanarkshire, but know the best birding in Scotland etc.
S Bennett Edinburgh, Lothian Weekend English
J Ryder Edinburgh, Lothian Anytime English
Edinburgh has coastal, woodland and hill birds, especially good for over-wintering coastal species. The hills behind Edinburgh are easily accessed and hold species typical of that habitat. We have rivers, reservoirs and small lochs for freshwater ducks etc.
S Pinder Edinburgh, Lothian Weekend English
D Fergusson Edinburgh, Lothian Weekend English
I also enjoy photography (particularly wildlife) and birdwatching, you can see my photos on my flicker site http://web.me.com/dfmac
D Kelly Prestonpans, Lothian Weekend English
F Hull Strathtay, by Pitlochry, Perthshire Anytime English, but wife speaks fluent French
I live in a beautiful area of many different habitats and have many publications on birds. At nearly 80 I am now a poor walker and do most of my birding by car but enjoy the stimulus of fellow birders.
E Champness Stirling, Stirlingshire Weekend English, some German
Like most UK locations, you're never far from a variety of habitats and I'm as happy finding passerines in the local woods as I am sea-watching.
S Maxwell Glasgow, Stratchclyde Anytime English, some Japanese
Situated close to local RSPB reserves at Lochwinnoch and Baron's Haugh as well as the Ayrshire coast. I am also a keen bird photographer.
J Shearer The Uists, Western Isles Anytime English

Local Birdwatchers in Wales
H Oates Bargoed, Caerphilly Anytime English
P Seligman Cardiff Weekend English, very limited French, Hebrew
I can't claim to be a top expert but I have been birding for a long time! I know most of the good places in South Wales and would be happy, if free, to show them to visitors. I am a committee member of Glamorgan Bird Club and belong to many other conservation groups.
N Beswick Gwent Weekend English
I live in the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is a good variety of upland birds in my local area where I undertake surveys and birding.
M Jenkins Pontypool, Gwent Anytime Welsh, English, German
J Coleman Monmouth Anytime English, French
H Davies Newport Weekend English


Local wildlife photographers

Birdingpal wildlife photographers, like Pals, do not get paid. So should he/she offer to take you out using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
P Bowden Cardiff, South Glamorgan Weekend English, basic German
Birdwatcher for 40 years, Photographer for 10 years. Interested in birds and other wildlife. Have a good knowledge of local nature reserves. Member of local bird club, RSPB and WWT. Live half way between Llanelli and Slimbridge WWT reserves (45 mins drive to each).
S Ginnaw Maidstone, Kent Anytime English
Experienced birder, keen photographer, Field Trip Leader for my local RSPB group, and fortunate enough to work outdoors. I find it extremely rewarding to enthuse others about birds and nature, and share the fantastic wildlife and habitats Kent has to offer. The closest city to where I live is Maidstone, Kent, but I can tour all over Kent. Kent holds a wide range of habitats, from woodland and downland, to beaches, marshes, and the famous shingle Dungeness peninsula.
D Eades Lincoln, Lincolnshire Anytime English
My life evolves around my love of birds, wildlife and photography. I am one of the administrators for the Lincolnshire Bird Club forum and provides the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust with many of his images.
B Sloan London Anytime English, Spanish
Experienced birder and photographer who have traveled to many countries around the world. I will be happy to show you my favorite spots around London. "Generally a perfect birder with only a few serious flaws such as not drinking beer, still not accepting the digital world and an Irishman to boot" Knud Rasmussen, Birdingpal."
S Greer Coventry, West Midlands Anytime English
RSPB/WWT member and amateur birder. Local reserve is Brandon Marsh and I'm a keen photographer and and traveller.


Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language



L Mott Lerwick, Shetland Islands Anytime English
I am a professional tour guide.For the last 25 years. Also a pro Wildlife Photographer for 26 years. But also a very keen birder and naturalist , all my life. I am easy going and love to have a laugh. Area:
Shetland, Scotland,

Area Birds:
Seabirds, Puffin, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Red throated Diver, Red Necked Phalar
Interests:
R Palmer Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Anytime English
Richard Palmer has been a birder and all-round naturalist for nearly fifty years! Richard was born and brought up in South Yorkshire, often assisting his father who was the first warden at Potteric Carr YWT reserve. As well as birds, Richard took an early interest in wild flowers, butterflies and moths and, particularly reptiles and amphibians.
In the 1990s, Richard and his brother, Malcolm ran Calandra Holidays specialising in bird watching tours in Spain and the United Kingdom.
In recent years, upon retiring from a professional career, Richard has been lecturing on topical bird subjects and operating regular trips and holidays in the UK and abroad, His style is essentially relaxed, easy-going and humorous. Richard's quest for birds has also taken him to many parts of the world. His particular 'specialities' are Southern Europe, the Caribbean and Central America and the Indian Subcontinent.
L Jenkinson Leeds, West Yorkshire Anytime English
Leeds is one of the greenest cities in Europe which makes birdwatching in and around Leeds just as enjoyable as watching birds in the surrounding countryside of Yorkshire. It is possible to see many species of birds within the city boundary which means that you can have a rewarding birdwatching experience hiring me as your guide for as little at 2 hours. Half day and full day trips are also available in Leeds, other areas of Yorkshire and more remote locations such as North Norfolk, Northumberland, South-west Scotland and Lancashire. Trips are often designed to suit the customer. My rates will depend on how much time you would like to have and how many are in your party - usually £30 for 2 hours/ £50 for a half day and £100 for a full day per person. I offer discounts for groups.
I also organise indoor classes for beginners and I am currently considering arranging weekend classes in more remote locations. My introductory birdwatching classes cover the following subjects and aim to get you started on your road to becoming a birdwatcher. Further courses take the subject to another level, looking at how birds adapt to their environment, migration and how weather can have an effect on the movement of birds.
D Slater Forres, Morayshire, Scotland Anytime English
Birding Ecosse is your friendly relaxed birding tour guide in the Scottish Highlands. Guaranteed small groups (maximum group size is just three people) so we can give you that bespoke tour feeling at a fraction of the cost.

Based near the beautiful Moray Firth coastline we operate throughout Speyside, the Highlands and West coast of Scotland, but if you require something different then please feel free to ask.

Full and half day tours available along with two hour guided walks at various locations, we also specialise in "Birdwatching for Beginners" guided walks aimed at people or partners just staring out in this fantastic hobby, or for beginners wanting to improve their birding techniques.

Full day tours cost around £100 GBP per person and Half day tours around £50 GBP per person and include all Transport and Guiding fees for the day, tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon (maybe even a choccie biccie) prices may vary slightly according to locations or species requested, but we will give you a free quote before you book, so no hidden surprises!

Guided walks and beginners workshops meet at selected location (no transport) and may be in a larger group (with a maximum of six people) these cost £15 - £20 GBP per person per walk. Any of the walks or workshops can be booked on a bespoke basis for £25 GBP per person.

If you are looking for a longer visit the see my web page at www.birdingecosse.co.uk and look at the mid week and long weekend specials.

As you can see places on any of our trips are limited so prior booking is essential.

Many thanks and look forward to talking to you soon.

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia United Kingdom
Local weather Yahoo
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Club
British Ornithologists' Union Club
Leigh Ornithological Society Club
Scottish Ornithologists' Club Club
Essex Birdwatching Society Club
Herts Bird Club Club
Burbage Bird Club, Leicestershire Club
Royal Air Force Ornithological Society Club
York Ornithological Club Club
South East Essex Royal Society Club
West Midland Bird Club Club
Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group Club
Birding News is an online resource for UK birding Sightings
Filey Brigg Ornithological Group Observatory
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve Observatory
The Isle of Man Birding Team Sites
Mark Lawlor's Guernsey Bird News Sites
Island of Foula Sites
Mike King's The Gloster Birder Sites
Clive ans Sheila's Urban garden, Black Country Sites
Birdingpal Margaret Adamson's "Birding for Pleasure" blog Northern Ireland
Dean Eades's BirdMad.com Bird Photos
Simon Coombes's Butterflies
Ian Kimber's Moths
Birding Hotspots around the world England
Birding Hotspots around the world Scotland
Birding Hotspots around the world Wales
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