Travel ex­pert

Paul Stan­bury works as op­er­a­tions man­ager for the UK’s lead­ing wildlife hol­i­day com­pany, Na­ture­trek. His in­ter­est in wildlife and travel de­vel­oped at any early age, and he has been for­tu­nate to travel to all seven con­ti­nents.

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Just be­cause the nights have drawn in and the first snows of win­ter have fallen, it doesn’t mean you need to hang up your binoc­u­lars and go into hi­ber­na­tion your­self. There are lots of ex­cit­ing an­i­mals and birds to en­joy in Europe and be­yond dur­ing the win­ter months; in­deed many are at their most ac­tive and con­fid­ing, set­ting aside their usual fear of hu­mans at a time of year when food is scarce.

Elk and owls can be reg­u­larly seen in Swe­den, and both wolves and Eurasian lynx ven­ture out of Poland’s primeval forests be­tween Jan­uary and March. Huge con­cen­tra­tions of win­ter­ing her­ring in the fjords of north Nor­way and Ice­land at­tract pods of orca and hump­back whales, while fur­ther afield the snowy wilder­ness of Hokkaido in Ja­pan at­tracts flocks of pow­er­ful Steller’s sea ea­gles and res­onates to the trum­pet­ing calls of dis­play­ing red-crowned cranes.

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