Northumberland: Natures Realm

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Hadrian’s Wall
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Barn Owl
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Delightful uplands and charming coastlines, Northumberland offers an eclectic mix of scenery and wildlife. Explore the valleys and the sea, taking in breath-taking landscapes and magical wildlife encounters along the way.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1Meet Newcastle; travel to accommodation through the Northumberland National Park
Day 2-5Explore Northumberland (including Northumberland National Park & Coastal AONB, Kielder NNR, and Holy Island)
Day 6Return to Newcastle by 3pm

Dates and Prices

2nd-7th June 2018

£1200pp including accommodation, food, and travel while on the tour.

Contact us to arrange bespoke tour dates and prices.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy excursions to the Farne Islands with the chance to see Dolphins, Porpoise and Seals from the boat. During the summer, experience the energy and noise of breeding seabird colonies (Puffins, Guillemots, and Razorbills to name a few!) and mingle with the dive-bombing, Arctic Terns for an unforgettable encounter
  • Professionally guided, evening bat walks using hand-held bat detectors to hear (and hopefully see!) a range of different species (May – September only)
  • Journey to Holy Island with free time to explore the historical landmark (plus an optional wildlife sea watch) and the chance to catch up with seasonal migrant birds
  • Full day tour of the Cheviot Hills and surrounding valleys for opportunities to encounter an array of bird species from Dipper to Red Grouse (and possibly an elusive Cheviot Goat!)
  • Visit some of the rarest breeding birds in the country – Little Tern and Roseate Tern – with trips to colonies for both species (summer only)
  • Travel along one of the best coastlines in the UK and explore the Northumberland Coast’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stopping off along prime wildlife hotspots
  • Relish the chance to see a variety of birds of prey and owls from the extraordinarily swift Peregrine Falcon to the graceful Barn Owl. During the breeding season, encounter Osprey at Kielder National Nature Reserve and Marsh Harrier along the coast

Access

Some parts of the tour will include walking from the minibus to selected sites. All walks are low impact and are suitable for all fitness levels. N.B. Walks around Northumberland National Park for upland species require some walking on rough and uneven terrain where a level of good mobility and balance is required.  Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear is essential!

All tours are led by professional ecologists providing a unique insight and a vast knowledge of natural history.

Booking Form

Note: A 20% deposit via Paypal is required to secure a booking. The rest of the payment must be made at least 2 months before the tour date and can be made via Bacs transfer or cheque.