Belted Kingfisher: 2010 Azores highlight.

Next Azores tour

The dates for the next Azores birding tour, which is operated in association with the Birdwatch reader breaks programme, are 13-21 October 2012.

It will be our sixth consecutive October in the islands, and my 11th visit, and as always a main focus will be finding American vagrants in this Western Palearctic outpost - our own discoveries on previous trips have included numerous Nearctic waders as well as Belted Kingfisher (above), Grey Catbird, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos and Hooded Warbler.

We'll also search for the rare endemic Azores Bullfinch and see the regionally endemic Atlantic Canary and Azores Gull, the distinctive local atlantis form of Yellow-legged Gull.

For more details please contact our operating partner Archipelago Azores on (+44) (0)1768 775672.

Are you visiting the UK and want to build some birding into your itinerary? Do you have a layover in or near London and some spare time? An experienced guide can maximise your birding possibilities in the capital and further afield, whether you want to look for particular target species or see a wider range of birds.

  “Thanks again for a wonderful day in England … we do not hesitate to recommend to others who might need such services.” J and G T, Texas, USA

Many satisfied visitors have enjoyed half days or full days in the field with Dominic Mitchell, seeing target lifers and plenty of other exciting species while staying in or travelling through London. If you would like to do the same, please fill in the Contact form with your requirements and dates, so that the best options for your visit can be advised.

Experienced guiding: Dominic Mitchell began birding in 1972. As author of Where to Watch Birds in the London Area he has a unique insight into the best birding locations around the capital, as well as an excellent network of contacts and access to restricted areas. He has guided many birders over the years, including visitors from overseas on their first trips to the UK, well-travelled birders looking for target species, and groups on overseas holidays (including tours to Canada, the USA, Europe and the Middle East).

Tours: for visitors to London, full-day or half-day bookings are possible, subject to availability, and itineraries can be tailored to suit location and requirements. A full day typically starts at 8 am and finishes at 6 pm; half-day excursions run from 8 am-1 pm or 1 pm-6 pm. Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off may be available by arrangement, as are binoculars and field guides on loan at no extra cost.

Rates: individual guiding for full day £150, half day £75. Discounted rates for additional persons and groups on application. Fuel: £16 per day/£8 per half day (plus surcharge for longer trips in excess of 100 miles at 16p per mile, and when applicable central London Congestion Charge of £8-10 per day). Reserve entrance fees are extra, though there is no charge at most locations.

What to bring: binoculars, appropriate clothing for the season of your visit (a rain jacket is useful at any time of year), comfortable footwear for walking, bottled water, packed lunch for full-day trips (this can be acquired en route). All visitors should ensure their travel insurance cover is adequate for the UK.

Custom tours: longer trips can be arranged as required, subject to availability, and will be quoted for on application. Overseas itineraries are also possible - in addition to various UK locations, private trips organised previously through bonded travel operators include destinations such as Corsica, Kuwait, Morocco and the Azores.

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