Scot­land Reader Hol­i­day

Give your tick list an early boost on a trip to see some fan­tas­tic birds in Scot­land in Jan­uary next year...

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Get your bird­ing year off to a great start by join­ing the Heather­lea team

Now is the time to be­gin think­ing about your 2019 bird­ing year, and here is a chance to get off to a crack­ing start! Our #My200birdyear pro­gramme be­gins with a hol­i­day in con­junc­tion with Heather­lea in Scot­land, which of­fers ex­cel­lent bird­ing in Jan­uary. We aim to see as many species as pos­si­ble, and this ex­cit­ing hol­i­day is ideal for gen­eral bird­ers who want to see Scot­land’s birds in win­ter, as well as those who keep lists. Our main pri­or­ity will be Bri­tish spe­cial­i­ties best sought in the High­lands, and we specif­i­cally tar­get Caper­cail­lie, Ptarmi­gan, Black Grouse, Golden Ea­gle, White-tailed Ea­gle, Scot­tish Cross­bill and Crested Tit. We also seek a host of north­ern win­ter vis­i­tors and spend a lot of time con­cen­trat­ing on any avail­able rar­i­ties: King Eider and Surf Scoter are reg­u­lar win­ter vis­i­tors, and the un­ex­pected can be ex­pected! We max­imise our list dur­ing the week and es­ti­mate around 120 species, in­clud­ing many ‘dif­fi­cult’ birds you might oth­er­wise miss with­out a guide, or strug­gle to lo­cate fur­ther south in the UK. Your per­sonal sight­ings are im­por­tant of course, and the Heather­lea guides try to make sure ev­ery­one sees ev­ery­thing! The hol­i­day or­gan­iser, Heather­lea, is one of Bri­tain’s lead­ing bird­ing tour com­pa­nies and is based at its home at Mountview Ho­tel, in Nethy Bridge.

We will spend time in the ad­ja­cent Cale­do­nian pinewoods of Aber­nethy For­est for spe­cial­ity birds, visit the Cairn­gorm Moun­tains to see Ptarmi­gan, and ex­plore re­mote glens for ea­gles and other raptors. North­ern coastal habi­tats pro­vide great bird­ing in win­ter, and with the Mo­ray Firth, Aberdeen­shire, the West Coast and se­cluded bays north of In­ver­ness all within reach, our prospects are ex­cel­lent. Your guides will closely mon­i­tor weather, tides and lo­cal bird news to make sure we max­imise our bird­ing. We an­tic­i­pate that the whole ho­tel will be given over to our hol­i­day, mean­ing a great bird­ing at­mos­phere, as the en­tire week is run by bird­ers for bird­ers, a very en­joy­able prospect! Check ‘what’s in­cluded’ for more de­tails. We want you to get your new #My200birdyear off to a bril­lant start, so come and join us for a great fun week bird­ing in Scot­land with ex­pert guides!

Ptarmi­gan in win­ter white

Crested Tit is on ev­ery­one’s wish list

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