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Bird and Mammal Watching Holidays

The rich and varied landscapes of the UK and Europe are rich in all kinds of wildlife, not least of the avian kind.

From falcons to storks and all manner of exotic migrant species, the skies above us and the diverse habitats across our islands and the continent are full of brilliant bird watching opportunities.

From the opportunity to see one of the world's largest concentrations of Great Bustards in the Duero plains in Northern Spain to searching for huge congregations of Common Cranes and native woodpeckers in Northern France, each holiday features some unique and wonderful bird-watching opportunities.  

Check out some of the best bird watching holidays in the UK and Europe that you can reach by train or ferry below:

Featured Wildlife-watching Holidays

More Wildlife-watching Holidays


Tistel Wildlife Guiding, Camping Safari in Hedmark, Norway

This week long camping trip tours Fulufjellet National Park, home to Elk (Moose), Bears, Wolves, Lynx and Wolverines, and various birds and reptiles. Your guide, Dane, was trained in South Africa with a style different from most European guides


7 days
This holiday departs every Monday throughout May to September
village in the valley Picos de Europa, Spain

Walking the Picos de Europa, Spain

A varied landscape of dramatic rocky terrain and lush lower valleys with meadows covered with beautiful wild flowers in spring, this area is also known as 'Green Spain'. Its terrain, tranquility and inaccessibility make the Picos a walker's paradise.

From £749.00 GBP

8 days
Saturday departures from April to October
Whistle along in County Clare

Whistling Along

A 5 day/night, action packed holiday for families who wish to learn new skills. Try out a selection of activities and explore the beautiful North Clare countryside and coastline. Includes a guided walk and a caving trip + optional surfing, kayaking.

From €495 - Kids go free

17th - 22nd August 2014
17th August
Autumn Wildlife in Dorset

Autumn Wildlife in Dorset

Powerstock Common nature reserve is a wonderful and remote place of woodland and meadows in the muddy heart of West Dorset. Fuelled by fine food, and from our comfortable barn convertion base we're helping preserve this rare and delicate habitat.

£550 all inclusive - no single supplement

Five days
Monday 17th October 2016
Elephants in Yala National Park

Wonders of Sri Lanka

Experience the beauty and splendour of Sri Lanka on this 13 day tour. Wander through charming cities and historic ruins; visit beautiful temples and lush gardens; track leopards through thick jungle and unwind on golden sandy beaches.

From £1,595 GBP (land only)

13 days
Various departures through the year
Moody Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands - Midnight Sun and Rorbu Holiday

The Lofoten Islands have long inspired travellers to their rocky shores. Picturesque fishing villages, pristine beaches and access to seas and mountains make the Lofoten Islands a much loved destination. This is a tailor made active trip.

From £595 for 4 days excluding flights. Price depends on group size and activities.

4 days
This is a tailormade holiday and departures are available to the Lofoten Islands year round.
Norfolk Spring Wildlife

Norfolk Spring Wildlife

Surveying nest boxes at Pensthorpe, the former home of Springwatch, and helping the work of the Hawk and Owl trust this Spring short break is a true taste of Norfolk. With fine food and accommodation at the historic West Lexham estate.

£550 all includive - no single supplement

Five days
Monday 18th - Friday 22nd April 2016
Dorset's Wildflower Meadows

Conserving Dorset's Wildflower Meadows

A stunning barn conversion is our home for this wildlife conservation holiday in the heart of West Dorset. We're surveying small mammals, looking for bats and moths,and helping Dorset Wildlife Trust on its nature reserves in an all inclusive holiday.

£550 all inclusive - no single supplement

Five days
Monday 25th - Friday 29th July 2016
Durlston Country Park, Dorset

Clifftop Conservation at Durlston Castle

A spectacular clifftop location at Durlston Castle and comfortable barn convertion accommodation are the setting for this holiday surveying small mammals and restoring traditional landscape features in one of Dorset's great country parks.

£695 all inclusive - no single supplement

Seven days
Saturday 17th September 2016
Whale harbour

Northern Lights and Whale Watching Holiday on Senja Island

Fringed between towering mountains and overlooking the sea, the quaint fishing village of Mefjordvaer witnesses some of the most spectacular shows the Arctic offers during winter months, whether its magnificent whales or the magical Northern Lights.

From £740 per person excluding flights (based on two travelling)

4 days
This trip can be tailored to suit your preferred departure dates.