Mike Langman

Bird Illustrator, Guide, Speaker

Welcome to Mike Langman Art

Full time bird illustrator since 1992

With an impressive catalogue of 88 published books featuring his artwork, Mike is also commissioned to illustrate for numerous national magazines.

His work regularly appears in birdwatching magazines, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile Magazines.

Information board work can be seen all over the UK at virtually every RSPB reserve and many Wildlife Trust sites too.

A birder since the age of 11 Mike’s knowledge of birds and indeed other natural history has made him a popular walks/tour guide leader and speaker.

Kingfisher, Clennon Lakes
Kingfisher, Clennon Lakes

Summer, Autumn & winter walks, watches and cruises 

 

now taking bookings

 

NEW – Gift Vouchers

Redeemable on walks, cruises or private tours for an amount of your choice Contact Mike for more information.

 

 

Reports on previous walks and cruises and be found on my Facebook site:                           

Summary reports with photos here:  Facebook site

 

Also reports, photos and news on (click link):  X (formerly Twitter)

 

 

 2024 Guided Walks and Guided Cruises

 

 

note this year I’ve given a whole new page to Guided Cruises: https://mikelangman.co.uk/guided-cruises/

 

separating them from the Guided Walks:  https://mikelangman.co.uk/walks/   

            
Spaces on all of my walks and cruises are limited – booking is essential.

 

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingswear: Seals and Cetacean Cruise 15th July 5pm-9pmA thoroughly damp day eventually turned into a drier and then bright evening for the cruise. Heading out of the Dart Estuary on African Queen Dartmouth Start Bay was unusually quiet. Heading N with the slight swell made for a comfortable cruise. Gannets, Fulmar, Guillemots a few Mediterranean Gulls were spotted and on the rocky islands Kittiwakes, Shags and Cormorants. A couple of Close Harbour Porpoises were the only cetaceans seen during the sea cruise part of the evening. back at Mewstone Rocks there were plenty of young Cormorants and at least 9 Grey Seals.The second part of the evening was the cruise up the Dart Estuary. the usual Oystercatcher, Grey Herons and Little Egrets were found and the first returning Black-headed Gulls, already finished breeding elsewhere in Britain and Europe. a large flock of Gulls had obviously found a shoal of fish, scanning through the flock revealed Herring Gull, Black-headed Gulls and a couple of adult Mediterranean Gulls. We searched for the rare in the SW Harbour Seal first a Grey Seal then two more and eventually on a pontoon 3 Harbour Seals and immature Grey Seals which I mistook for pup Harbour Seals. They posed well for the cameras!Heading back down the river another Harbour Seal was seen and several Buzzards soared of the estuary side woodlands. A single Little Egret had dropped into the trees beside the Britannia Royal Naval college - perhaps it was still too early in the evening for the normally sizeable roost.The Seal ProjectDevon Sea SafariThere are still a few places left on the same cruise on Tuesday 13th August when we might be lucky to see the first of any returning Ospreys on the Estuary. ... See MoreSee Less
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Devon in Summer wildlife tour 1st July-4th JulyLeading for The Travelling Naturalist Birdwatching & Wildlife Holidays & Wildlife WorldwideDay 1: The summer seemed although it still hadn't got started on the 1st July 2024 but with a great itinerary the group met at the Woodbury Park Hotel. The first excursion to the nearby Exe Estuary and Bowling Green Marsh on a perfect high tide. Some great wading birds had been pushed off the estuary on the rising tide including a sizeable flock of Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshank with Curlew and Redshank but the undoubted highlight was a Spotted Redshank still in near full summer plumage. Good numbers of common wildfowl were seen too and a Kingfisher.After an early evening meal a short minibus trip to the Otter estuary was spellbinding with numerous European Beaver sightings including one adult dragging an 8ft willow branch down river and some brief sightings of probably 2 kits.Day 2: Dartmoor and Coombeshead rewilding project near Roadford Reservoir. Dartmoor proved a bit breezy and overcast but key target species such as Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Lesser Redpoll, Spotted Flycatcher were all found plus a couple of Common Lizards. After a picnic lunch at Challacombe Farm it was time to drive to Coombeshead. Greeted by resident ecologist Tay the group were treated to a private tour of the site seeing some of the captive breeding programmes in preparation for releases and future possible releases of, Water Voles, White Stork, Beavers, Wildcat and even Lynx! The landscape rewilding project was working well with excellent numbers of damselflies and dragonflies and thousands of frog and toadlets on the waterlogged paths created by the resident captive Beavers. Following a picnic supper it was time to head back to the Beaver enclosure where the group were treated to more sightings of beavers both adults and kits. Our return journey to East Devon was delayed as the small herd of huge Water Buffalo had blocked our walk-way back. After a rescue by staff in 2 quadbike pickups we were on our way back to the hotel.Day 3: An early breakfast and off to Teignmouth for our boat trip with Devon Sea Safari - what a great morning! 10 Peregrine Falcons including 3 juveniles harassing a poor Black-headed Gull, Fulmars, Gannets, Kittiwake Guillemots, Razorbills, Manx and the globally threatened Balearic Shearwater. Also Grey Seal and perhaps the highlight for most Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise.After the cruise a short drive to Labrador Bay RSPB 'Cirl Bunting' reserve. A lovely picnic lunch overlooking Lyme bay and of course seeing several Cirl Buntings, Skylarks and in the sunshine some butterflies including Marbled White. Time to head back to East Devon and Alyesbeare Common. It didn't take long to catch up on Stonechats and then Dartford Warblers. A few butterflies were on the wing including Small heath and Gatekeeper. A large Wood Ant was however the invertebrate highlight.Another early dinner and back out again to the River Otter for another Beaver watch. Surprisingly, in the same locations as a couple of nights before, not a sniff of a Beaver! We were treated to sightings of group of Goosander, Kingfishers and Banded Demoiselles. On the way back to the hotel a short walk onto the heath at Woodbury Castle was rewarded with churring and hunting Nightjars plus a calling juvenile Tawny Owl. Day 4: to finish off the tour a trip up to Dartmoor and Aish Tor hoping to find High Brown Fritillary butterfly. Following a stop in a Ashburton Deli for our picnic lunch we were soon on site. Wandering the paths, in far from ideal showery & blustery conditions, it seemed it would be a miracle to find one! However, a tatty High Brown Fritillary was found in fact over the next hour or more 7-8 immaculate specimens were seen together with one of our party photographing a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Birds here included Siskins, Yellowhammer and Whitethroat.A picnic down by the River Dart (now in full sunshine) a Kingfisher flew past, a couple of Grey Wagtails flicked around on the bank opposite and a goldcrest showed well.The tour completed back at the Woodbury Park Hotel. ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to cancellations, two places now on my 3.5hour Man Sands natural history walk #Devon on Wednesday 17th July £14 per head. Pictures below: Wall Lizard, Bee Wolf, Stonechat just some of the special wildlife that should be present.. Full details here: mikelangman.co.uk/walks/ ... See MoreSee Less
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The Nature Detectives walk at Sandridge Barton Wines couldn't have gone much better!! The morning started with a cold drink or a coffee and brownie in the visitor barn. During the briefing for the morning a wrens nest with at least 4 chicks was discovered behind the door of the Barn! Walking around the nature trail feathers were found of several bird species, mostly pigeons. Two almost certainly Sparrowhawk kill sites were investigated. One 'murder' site proved to be a male Blackbird the other a Song Thrush. Other good finds included mole hills, vole/mice burrows, cuckoo spit with young frog hoppers, bits of a pheasant egg probably predated by a crow, Rabbit fur left after a fight, even an owl pellet! We used our ears to listen to many bird songs, even our sense of smell to find 'relatively' fresh dead mole! Back in the barn we looked closely at our finds and worked out which parts of the bird the various feathers came from.To finish of the morning the group dissected their own Owl pellet, always exciting as no one knew what they might find inside. Today there were plenty of bones including skulls and jaw bones from Mice, Voles and Shrews. A brilliant morning out and such a great venue. ... See MoreSee Less
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