Birding Days Out

With years of local natural history experience I offer personal or small group birding and natural history tours of South Devon at any time of year, itineraries can be made to suit individual preferences, experience and species that you may like to see.

Examples include:

Beginners/intermediate Birding

1 to 3 people or small group tours (see below)

Let Mike help you to get to grips with birding at your level of experience. Tuition on bird songs, plumage types, behaviour and making notes.

Cost £22 per hour. Includes transport from a given location in Torbay.

Masterclass Birding Sessions

1 to 3 people or small group tours (see below)

For those that want to learn more about any particular groups of birds or birding. Tuition on aging of the birds and fieldcraft will be included. For example type or groups of bird may include seawatching – Divers and Grebes, warblers, gulls, waders.

Cost £25 per hour. Includes transport from a given location in Torbay.

General Site Walks

1 to 3 people or small group tours (see below)

For anyone visiting the area Mike will guide you around a given site providing a wealth of knowledge on the birds, natural history and the site. For example winter birds in Torbay, Berry Head walks.

Cost £22 per hour. Includes transport from a given location in Torbay.

Cirl Bunting and Firecrests

1 to 3 people or small group tours (see below)

Walks aimed at finding and watching these two species. Mike has been running a winter Cirl Bunting feeding station now for more than 20 years with up to 50 birds visiting at any time in the early part of a new year. Mike proved the first confirmed breeding of Firecrests in Devon in 2014 and has carried out numerous surveys on their distribution, and breeding success finding up to 54 territories during the spring.

Cost £22 per hour. Includes transport from a given location in Torbay.

Sketching Birds From Life

1 to 3 people

As a professional wildlife and bird illustrator and an avid field sketcher Mike is always delighted to take out individuals or small groups on excursions to draw and sketch birds. You’ll need to bring your own sketch pads and pencils and paints if you wish and a small seat that you can carry. Read review »

3 hour sessions at £80. Includes transport from a given location in Torbay.

Small Group Tours

If you have a few friends that would like to be guided around a site Mike can meet you on site as a personal guide. Helping you to get the most from the area and of course its wildlife.

Cost £25 per hour. Your own transport to site.

For sites more than 10 miles from railway station there is an additional travel time/fee of £20 per hour to get to and from the site (anything outside of Torbay).

South Devon Group Tours

Everything from hotel to transportation can be arranged for a couple of days to a week, to see the very best birds, sites and natural history of South Devon. Cirl Bunting, Firecrest, Divers and Grebes, Purple Sandpiper, Harbour Porpoise, Peregrine Falcon, Raven, Wintering Warblers.

Price variable:  approx £350 for 2.5 days to £870 for a week.