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Oriole Birding

  • We offer a range of birding tours year round from single days to full weeks plus short breaks and weekends. As well as a full range of Norfolk breaks targeting all the specialities, migration weeks and butterfly tours, we also offer a wide programme of other UK holidays, custom tours and overseas trips to over 30 different countries. Recent tour report.

Langstone Cliff Hotel

  • 3 Star hotel set in 19 acres of Devon woodland just 800 metres from the internationally famous nature reserve at Dawlish Warren.

Bird Watching Tours of Norfolk
  • The Bird I.D Company runs bird watching tours in and around Norfolk. These range from Daily guided walks available all year to Five day and Weekend migration tours. Also available are Golden Oriole, Montagu's Harrier & Honey Buzzard tours, Owl tours, Hawfinch, Crane & Geese tours, winter weekends, Nightingales and customised tours.

Reports from England

Tour report Norfolk 10th - 15th Feb 2013

  • Our day started superbly, with a fine ringtail Hen Harrier just North of Colkirk providing an excellent local record and good views too...Ashley Saunders reports for ORIOLE BIRDING

Tour report: Norfolk 12th – 17th February 2012

  • Fourteen Snow Bunting fed along the tideline just a few metres away and offshore we saw three Northern Fulmar, three Red-throated Divers, female Common Goldeneye and three fine drake Common Eiders flying east along the surf. Over the grazing marshes, Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier were hunting...Ashley Saunders reports for ORIOLE BIRDING

Scilly Excitement 3rd - 9th October 2012

  • A lovely blue sky for a pelagic trip aboard the Sapphire: On the way past St. Martin’s, we cruised past a female Common Scoter, and as the duck took off from the approaching boat, a Peregrine launched an attack from its rocky viewpoint...Chris Hall reports.

Southern U.K. June-July 2010

  • This tour included several days in Norfolk and the London area...David and Roma Bell report.

Scilly Excitement 2nd-8th October 2008

  • With news of Buff-bellied Pipit on Bryher and a Red-breasted Flycatcher on a trampoline in one of the gardens there, we planned to do Bryher next, but the weather was so grey, wet and windy we had to make do with Tresco..Chris Hall reports.

Late Autumn in Norfolk with the Bird ID Company October 30th - November 2nd 2008.

  • All in all a very successful 4 days with Red Flanked Bluetail, American Golden Plover, 3 Pallas’s Warblers, 2 Yellow Browed Warblers, Firecrest, 3 species of Owl, Waxwings and much more...Stuart White reports

A mid Autumn week in Norfolk with the Bird ID Company Sept 26th -Oct 3rd 2008

  • A very successful week with 3 species of Shrike (a woodchat was also found late on the 3rd so it could easily have been 4), Radde’s Warbler, 5 Yellow Browed Warblers, Dotterel, 7 Cranes, tantalising views of 2 more eastern vagrants and an excellent selection of seabirds...Stuart White reports.

North Norfolk 9th-15th December 2006

  • Norfolk has been a destination for birdwatching with me for the last 31 years!. Over this time many things have changed with species and there distribution and status.... There are essential areas to visit if you want to see some of the “special birds” that are to be found in this wonderful area of the country...Derek and Lynne Lister report.

Isles of Scilly October 11th - November 1st 2005

  • Later, once the rain had eased slightly, we made our way to the Lower Broome Platform on the Garrison where we eventually obtained some excellent views of the Blackpoll Warbler....Dominic Le Croissette reports.

The Great Seabird Break - The Farne Islands and the North East Coast. 29th May - 2nd June 2002

  • Ever since watching a Bill Oddie programme on the Farne Islands, I have had an ambition to take a trip to these islands during the main breeding season to witness first hand this amazing spectacle. At the beginning of the year it became apparent that I was going to allowed leave at the end of May to make this possible...Graham Mee reports.

A Summer guide to Norfolk (August 2000)

  • Norfolk is a magnet for UK birdwatchers. In most seasons there is a range of birds to be seen that are not easily available in other areas. In summer these birds are likely to include Montagu's Harriers, Honey Buzzard, Stone Curlew, Woodlark, Golden Oriole....... Where to go and how to see them. John Girdley reports.

Kent, UK 1-7 December 2001

  • While Sue and I have been contemplating our first birding trip to the UK for some time, December was certainly not a time of year that we had considered. However, a business trip came up and December it was. Since we are still planning to do a dedicated spring birding visit we particularly wanted to see winter birds that would be lifers for us.....Gavin Edmondstone reports

The NW of England 30th April 3rd May

  • Guests at "North West Birds" netted an impressive 129 Species on this memorable long weekend with North West Birds. Eagles at Haweswater, Marsh Harriers and Bitterns at Leighton Moss and Dotterel on Pendle Hill were just a few of the highlights.

The Birds of Sunderland Point: (Morecambe Bay)

  • John Girdley describes his "local Patch", where wader flocks can number over 50000 and visible migration can yield several thousand birds of up to 50 species in a single morning. And yet it is still possible to have the place entirely to ones self!

Seeking out the South of England Specialities in Devon

  • For most birders based in the northern areas of the UK, chances to see birds like Cirl Bunting, Dartford Warbler and Cetti's Warbler don't come around very often. However, with a little planning it is quite possible to see all three in a day and have a great days birding...

The Isles of Scilly Autumn 1998

  • Mark Prestwood heads down to the Isles of Scilly.

Scilly Autumn 1999

  • Mark's return visit in 1999



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Where to Watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall: Including the Isles of Scilly and Lundy (Paperback)
Vic Tucker et al: Buy from or

  • This substantially revised and expanded edition of "Where to Watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall" is the essential guide for any active birdwatcher in these counties. All significant birdwatching areas in the region are analysed under the headings 'Habitat', 'Timing', 'Access' and 'Calendar', providing all the information necessary to make the most of each and every trip, whatever the time of year.

Where to Watch Birds in Yorkshire: Including the Former North Humberside
John R. Mather: Buy from or

  • This is a detailed account of over 100 of the best birdwatching sites in the great county on Yorkshire. The sites range from Spurn Point in the south-east, northwards along the coast to Flamborough Head and the Tees estuary and inland along the Pennine Chain with its many reservoirs and the high barren moorlands to the rolling hills of the North York moors. Every site is described with directions for access and distances for travel as well as lists of all species to be found at the various seasons.

Concise Bird Guide
The Wildlife Trusts: Buy from or

  • This well illustrated pocket-sized field guide is packed with information on the birds of Britain and the near Continent. It covers more than 250 species. Also included is a foldout insert illustrating flying birds of different species

Where to Watch Birds in North West England and the Isle of Man
Alan Conlin et al: Buy from or

  • A guide to the best birding sites in the north western counties of Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. This area holds some of the finest upland sites in England, as well as some superb wetlands including Morecambe Bay which holds the largest wader roost in the it and visit!

RSPB Handbook of British Birds
Peter Holden, Tim Cleeves: Buy from

  • The strength of this guide over its rivals is the wealth of information, with notes on population and conservation that you simply don't get in standard guides... illustrations are super and the price is excellent it

Secret Lives of British Birds (Paperback)
Dominic Couzens, Peter Partington (Illustrator): Buy from

  • Beautifully written cameos of the private lives of the UK's birds. Dominic shares his passion and exposes the secrets. There isn't a birder in Britain that couldn't learn something new for this book.

Birds East Midlands

Where to Watch Birds in the East Midlands
by Rob Fray (Author): Buy from

  • This guide covers the five East Midland counties and includes natural and man-made areas as diverse as the Wash, Rutland Water, Sherwood Forest and the famous migration hot spots found on the Lincolnshire coast. 49 major sites is dealt with in detail, providing information on habitat, access, best times of the year to visit and the species likely to be encountered. Perhaps the most detailed of the series so far.

Where to Watch Birds: Northeast England (Where to Watch Birds S.)
Dave Britton, John Day: Buy from or

  • Among my favourite birding destinations, the counties of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham, have much to offer birders. Its coastline includes some important seabirds cliffs, as well as tidal estuaries which are highly attractive to wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders. The Farne Islands are famous for their spectacular tern colonies and other breeding seabirds including Eider. The entire coastline is good for sea watching and also highly attractive to migrating passerines with many rarities recorded.

The Birds of Dorset (Country Avifaunas S.)
George Green : Buy from

  • Dorset is noted for its expanses of heathland and coastal reedbeds. The combination of these nationally scarce habitats and a mild climate make Dorset a stronghold for some of Britain's rarest breeding birds. This text looks at the range and status of every species recorded in the county, using data gathered by the Dorset Bird Club.

The Birds of Suffolk
Steve Piotrowski: Buy from

  • For the East Anglia enthusiast, this new county avifauna looks at the birdlife of Suffolk - one of the most important birding counties of England. Suffolk is relatively underdeveloped, with nationally important wetlands and heathlands, and a long, varied coastline. This text looks examines in detail the status of every species on the Suffolk list. The data presented includes a breakdown of all records of vagrant species.

Where to Watch Birds in Britain
Simon Harrap, Nigel Redman: Buy from or

  • A superb and well researched update of the original book. Lots of new sites have been added. The experts have been consulted. An indispensible guide to British twitcher or foreign visitor. All the key sites are covered, usually with good maps complete with a season by season guide of what to see where.

Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
George Green, Martin Cade (Helm):Buy from or

  • Some of the finest bird watching sites in the UK are included in this new updated guide.
    Many memorable birding experiences surged in my mind as I read through the pages: searching Arne for Dartford Warbler on a crisp spring morning, the excitement of potential migrants at Portland, Honey Buzzards in the New Forest and the evocative churring of Nightjar on the heaths.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    The text , written by an expert, is concise, thorough and up to date. Many of the recent splits are included. The likes of Yelkouan Shearwater and Southern Grey Shrike are illustrated superbly for perhaps the first time in any recent guide.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Where to Watch Birds in East Anglia
Peter and Margaret Clarke : Buy from

  • Perhaps the most rewarding birdwatching region in England, East Anglia is enduringly popular with birdwatchers. This popularity has been reflected in "Where to watch birds in East Anglia". The authors provide in-depth coverage of the best sites in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. This is the new and updated 2002 version.

Where to Watch Birds in Devon and Cornwall
David Norman: Buy from or

  • Whether local or visiting, expert or novice, Where to watch birds in Devon and Cornwall is the essential guide for any active birdwatcher in these counties. All significant birdwatching areas in the region are analysed under the headings 'Habitat', 'Timing', 'Access' and 'Calendar', providing all the information necessary to make the most of each and every trip, whatever the time of year. This substantially revised and expanded edition has new chapters, details of 'clusters' of sites easily accessible from particular holiday or population centres, additional information on access for the car-bound or disabled, as well as numerous examples of recent occurrences and significant status changes.

Where to Watch Birds in the London Area
Dominic Mitchell: Buy from

  • The book covers every key site from the Central London parks to the marshes of the Thames, and the wetlands and reservoirs of the Colne and Lee Valleys. It also covers advice about habitat, the birds most likely to be seen, when to visit to see which species of bird, and how to get there, including full public transport information.

Where to Watch Birds in Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire
Jonathan Guest, Malcolm Hutcheson: Buy from

  • An excellent introduction to some of the main sites in the NW of England.

A Birdwatcher's Guide to Lancashire
Ken Lawson: Buy from

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AA Baedeker's Great Britain
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  • Quick and easy to consult, the principal features of interest are described in the main "Sights From A To Z" section, with each entry cross-referenced to the large folded map that completes this handy map and guide pack.
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