"Thank you both very much for another brilliant trip to the South West,
it's such a great tour to start the birding new year within the stunning scenery of Devon and Cornwall.
Looking forward to my next tour already."

Emma Robinson, Colchester, Essex
Southwest Winter Birding Weekend - January 2019

"I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the West Country weekend.
You searched out some really interesting birds and the last stop near Wadebridge was a lovely contrast to the
coast and estuaries we had visited earlier.
The Hayle Estuary was probably the highlight as there was such a profusion of birds there.
You usually ask ‘what is the bird of the trip’. I would be hard pressed to say which –
maybe Chough or Cirl bunting and such a good view of the totally unexpected Temminck’s Stint.
Thank you too for being so considerate and thoughtful as always and for your attention to detail, as well as finding the birds!
I hope the remainder of your journey home went as well as the trip up to where you dropped me off. I reached home very quickly.
I look forward to seeing you next month.
My best wishes to you both, Diana."

Diana Housley, Hampton, Middlesex
Southwest Winter Birding Weekend - January 2019

"Thank you for a great break in the Spanish Pyrenees. It was a wonderful weekend. I think of trips with you as,
Good Birds, Good Company in both senses of the word and definitely good fun.
I keep thinking of the wallcreepers flitting up the cliffs, the stunning scenery and the spot below the castle on Friday
with all those different and wonderful birds."

Jenny Shalom, Richmond, London
Spanish Pyrenees in Winter - November 2018

"Another outstanding tour this time to the Pyrenees. The effort and time you both put in, made my trip extremely enjoyable.
I am looking forward to my next trip with you, if it is as good as this one I'm in for a treat.
Thank you, Yvonne."

Yvonne Watling, Colchester, Essex
Spanish Pyrenees in Winter - November 2018

"Thank you for a totally enjoyable and fun trip to the Pyrenees.
With vast amounts of unspoilt countryside and shedloads of birds, especially raptors, what a bird watching extravaganza Spain is!

The morning we spent at Mallos de Riglos was definitely a highlight for all the group when our patience was extremely well rewarded with a 10/10 sighting of the much anticipated wallcreeper, what a superb little bird. The glorious sunshine, stunning landscape, impressive rocks (and rock climbers), made this special bird a very memorable 'tick'. The bearded vultures, golden eagle and griffin vultures at Santa Cillia de Panzano were absolutely fabulous as were the great bustards on the Bujaraloz plains - and seeing the bustards in flight too.

I saw so many birds, and so many birds I'd never seen before,
delighted too to see the blue rock thrush, black wheatear, sardinian warbler and choughs.
And what a magical time of year to visit the Pyrenees, with so many beautiful trees clothed in rich autumnal colours of reds, yellows and golds - a truly breathtaking landscape.

Steve, you certainly know how to pack a short break with lots of places to go and plenty of birds to see. It still impresses me how quickly you can locate and identify ANY bird - you ARE the Collins Bird Guide - The most complete guide to birds of Britain and Europe personified! - with added sense of humour.

And all other stuff that made the break so enjoyable, lovely hotel, great food, good company, well organised and lots of humour. Can't wait for my next trip.
Thank you both again, Jane!"

Jane Noble, Witham, Essex
Spanish Pyrenees in Winter - November 2018

"A big thank you to you both for a wonderful extended tour on the Isles of Scilly.
It truely is a magicial place to be with beautiful beaches, coastal paths and scenery, in all weathers!
The birds are a bonus, however it's great fun being part of the birding community and adding more ticks to the life list.
Looking forward to my next trip already!"

Emma Robinson, Copford, Essex
Golden Isles of Scilly - Autumn Migration - October 2018

"A really big thank you Steve for calmly coping with the trials and tribulations of an amazingly hot birdwatching weekend;
you made it really good fun and very informative and I am now a real dragonfly fan!!
A Goshawk, a Hobby and a Bar-headed Goose all added to what became a very memorable,
and thoroughly enjoyable Swallow Birding Tour. Thank you so much."

Ann & Steve Harris, Great Maplestead, Halstead
South Coast Wildlife Weekend - July 2018

"What a brilliant tour of Iceland that was.
Thanks to you and Godfried for putting together a stupendous trip, the scenery
and density of bird life was far above my expectations.
One of the many memories and possibly the highlight was seeing the young Gyrfalcons strengthening their wings.
Sorry for all the superlatives, but it was a fantastic trip."

David Broadley, Richmond, Surrey
Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice - June 2018

"We just wanted to say a BIG thank you for a lovely four days,
You put so much effort into it all and tried to please everyone, it is much appreciated.
We saw so many interesting things, and visited so many lovely places. Bill is over the moon to get the new butterflies
and as for the orchids they were stunning."

Rosie & Bill Perkins, Doddinghurst, Brentwood
Northwest Wildlife Weekend - May 2018

"Thank you for a wildlife filled weekend in Northwest England. It was great to see the birds,
butterflies and wildflowers of the area within stunning scenery and with a lovely group of people.
Look forward to seeing you both soon."

Emma Robinson, Copford, Colchester
Northwest Wildlife Weekend - May 2018

"Thanks for the trip report Steve and thanks again for a really excellent tour.
The area was a real eye opener and you managed to show us such a wide variety of habitats and species.
A great break!."

Chris Davis, Rowhedge
Northwest Wildlife Weekend - May 2018

"Thank you so much Steve for the trip report as a record of a wonderful trip.
It just went too quickly -I wished I could have it all again just as it was!
Fantastic photographs in the report too. Best Wishes."

Neil Sumner, Billericay
Northern Greece & Southwest Bulgaria - Pelicans & Pygmies - May 2018

"Thanks Steve for a great week on Mull. Good accommodation and
well located. Great company. Birds and wildlife magical. Great report,
photographs and a good memory of the holiday."

Richard Stanley, Pitsea
Magical Mull - April 2018

"Dear Steve and Annette. many thanks for my trip report which I thoroughly enjoyed reading,
it was lovely to relive our time on Mull and all the many wonderful things we saw.
I look forward to my next trip in June and even more new experiences. Until then...."

Gillian Faulder, Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Magical Mull - April 2018

"Thank you Steve for a fabulous tour of Mull and neighbouring islands.
I saw all the wildlife on my wish list and more.
The scenery was stunning, hotel was comfy, well situated and provided lovely food.
Great company and you were very accommodating of everyone's needs and wishes.
The only down side is that I have gained a couple of pounds!"

Caroline Faulder, Knighton, Powys, Wales
Magical Mull - April 2018

"Magnificent, Majestic, Magical Mull - a brilliant tour. I didn't want it to end.
Many thanks for a great tour."

Graham Russell, Chelmsford
Magical Mull - April 2018

"Many thanks Steve and Annette for yet another excellent tour, this time to a new location,
which hopefully will become a regular destination.
Superb birding in some stunning locations, comfortable accommodation, great food and very good company."

David L Smith, Witham
Ebro Delta, Spain - Wonderful Wetland Birding - April 2018

"Thank you so much for the most fabulous bird watching day at Rutland Water on Saturday.
You are both such stars and your attention to detail on these bird tours is amazing.
My first real life Ospreys and I could almost believe that you arranged for them to be there for us."

Ann Harris, Great Maplestead
Rutland Water - Day trip - April 2018

"I really have enjoyed reading the trip report!
I've already been feeling nostalgic about the trip because I enjoyed it immensely, such a nice place and so many wonderful birds.
Your report is a lovely keepsake, comprehensive and well written with some superb photos."

Jane Noble, Witham
Early Spring in Extremadura - Spain - March 2018

"Steve – thanks a zillion, it was a brilliant trip and you work so hard to ensure we all have a great time, which we did.
I love your friendly informal and fun style and your energy, expertise and knowledge of the area is impressive.
All those wonderful birds totally dazzled me and as a novice birder and my first overseas trip, it’s just left me wanting more.
I have promised myself a return visit to Extremadura and can’t wait for my next trip with Swallow Birding!. Thank you both again."

Jane Noble, Witham
Early Spring in Extremadura - Spain - March 2018

"Thank you for the Estonia report, as prompt and accurate as ever. It was a most enjoyable trip with good company,
accommodation and food as well as your normal excellent guiding."

Christopher Cox, Canterbury, Kent
Estonia - Steller's Eider and Woodpecker Break - March 2018

"Wonderful stuff Steve, thanks again for everything. I really don’t know how you maintain such a pleasant disposition all the time.
I hope you have had a chance to get a good rest. I spent a lot of time sleeping over the weekend. It feels positively
tropical in Essex now."

Ann & Tony Gales, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Estonia - Steller's Eider and Woodpecker Break - March 2018

"A big thank you for Saturday and yesterday. As always your knowledge and enthusiasm
made both days extremely enjoyable despite the weather!
Yesterday we saw an amazing variety of birds, most of which I would have missed had I been there on my own.
Thanks again!"

David Saville, Chelmsford
Old Hall Marshes Localbirder - January 2018

Thank you Steve for a very enjoyable bird filled tour to the Southwest and a great trip report to remember it.
I added three new birds to my UK list and my favourite part was surprisingly observing the artic gulls in the harbour!
Looking forward to my next tour already."

Emma Robinson, Colchester
Southwest Winter Birding - January 2018

"Many thanks for an absolute blast of a trip - really enjoyed it!"
Graham Russell, Chelmsford
Extremadura - Cranes & Cork Oaks - November 2017

"Thank you both for an amazing Gambian experience! It was fun and at times quite adventurous!
Thank you to Steve and all our guides who worked so hard to help us see as many birds as possible.
The group were great and I shall miss them.
I love being on Swallow birding trips, my life has been enriched by all that I have learnt and by the different people I have met."

Jill Canning, Feering
The Gambia - Winter Birding in West Africa - November 2017

"Dear Steve and Annette, as you know, I am not often lost for words, but have to confess in struggling to describe the tour.
All I can manage is; amazing!
With many thanks to you both, the support team and my fellow participants."

David L Smith, Witham
The Gambia - Winter Birding in West Africa - November 2017

"We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and thought that the group 'jelled' really well,
we would be more than happy to be with any of them on a future occasion!
I also must say that your Trip Reports are second to none.
Although we have had, in the past, very good reports, 'Swallow Birding Trip Reports' are definitely top of the class!!
Quite how you remember all those details defeats me.
Look forward to joining you on another trip in the future."

Jane & Mike Overall, Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire
Southern Sweden - Autumn Migration - September 2017

"Many thanks Annette & Steve for another excellent tour. As usual; comfortable accommodation, wonderful food,
great company, combined with superb locations and a smorgasbord of birds!"

David L Smith, Witham
Southern Sweden - Autumn Migration - September 2017

"Thanks for a brilliant day yesterday, I was thrilled to see the Swallowtails, something I have long wanted to see
and I thought the Marsh Helleborine was just stunning.
It's always a joy to go out with you, your depth of knowledge is just amazing."

Lorna Whitworth, Manningrtree
Summer Wildlife of the Norfolk Broads - June 2017

"It was a memorable 4 days with the most delightful group. Missed them all immediately you departed Hillingdon Station.
Thank you for the most comprehensive report of the 4 days.
And by the way, I wish you the very best on your wedding day and future together,
I can see that you have clearly already made an extraordinary partnership."

Andrew Slack, Indiana, USA
Mid-Wales & Anglesey - June 2017

"We thought Mid Wales & Anglesey was a very good trip indeed, lots of new places for us, a great sea bird colony,
and so many Red Kites it was unbelievable!
Those Pied Flycatchers were ace too! Thanks so much for organising it so smoothly
and getting us all over the place in good time, whatever the weather!
All the very best."

Mandy & Edward Mayer, London
Mid-Wales & Anglesey - June 2017

"Thank you for the enjoyable trip report and the great photos.
The tour was well organised and guided and we enjoyed your company very much.
Everyone on the tour was really nice, which made the holiday special.
We will keep looking at your website as we know we will join you again, your trips get booked up quickly
and we can understand why!
Once again, thank you very much for the tour and we hope to see you soon."

Pat & Ian Taylor, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Northumberland - Seabird Spectacular - June 2017

"Thank you both for a brilliant Puffin filled tour to Northumberland. It was an amazing experience to visit the seabird colonies at the Farnes and Coquet Island. With great birds, scenery, accommodation and a lovely group of people, it is definitely a holiday to remember. Looking forward already to my next tour.
A big thank you again."

Emma Robinson, Copford
Northumberland - Seabird Spectacular - June 2017

"Many thanks Steve, I really enjoyed reading through your trip report as a reminder of everything we saw. The pictures are superb and I really appreciate all your hard work in putting it together.
Hungary is an amazing place, I love Eastern Europe – it is fascinating and to see all the birds and wildlife was a real privilege."

Andrew Ducat, East Hanningfield
Hungary - Wildlife of the Kiskunsag National Park - May 2017

"I enjoyed the Hungary bird trip very much thank you: good food, wonderful wildlife, beautiful birds, excellent company and a very interesting trip report to follow!"
Sue Small, Barking
Hungary - Wildlife of the Kiskunsag National Park - May 2017

"Thank you for the trip report, it is so good, such lovely memories of the time spent on the trip, thank you very much.
Thank you once again for such a lovely break with so many birds, beautiful meadows and good company!"

Penny Grace, Hainault, Ilford
Hungary - Wildlife of the Kiskunsag National Park - May 2017

"Just read your excellent report and would like to thank you again for a great trip. We really enjoyed the birds, company,
location, hotel, food and drink. In fact the whole experience!"

Margaret & Bernard Harris, Tolleshunt Knights
Mallorca - Balearic Spring Birding - May 2017

"Thank you so much for a really brilliant trip to Dorset, I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were so lucky with what we saw,
I particularly enjoyed the summer warblers and to see all those waders in summer plumage was a real treat and so unexpected!"

Lorna Whitworth, Bradfield, Suffolk
Portland Bill, Dorset - Migration Weekend - April 2017

"Thank you both for a superb trip to Dorset. We had a great time with some great highlights and memories of superb birds.
Our personal favourites are the Little Terns at Lodmore for Marilyn and Wood Warbler and
Spotted Flycatcher at Portland Castle for me.
But then there was the Turtle Dove, Eastern Subalpine Warbler and the sea watching, not forgetting the Black Terns.....terrific!
Thanks again for a lovely holiday and we hope to catch up again soon"

Marilyn & Mark, Leigh-on-sea
Portland Bill, Dorset - Migration Weekend - April 2017

"Many thanks for a "great" week of Highland Birding and keeping me in suspense until the eleventh hour
for the Sea Eagles. Life can be fun if you take part!"

Gillian Faulder, Great Baddow
Speyside, Scotland - April 2017

"Comfortable accommodation, wonderful food, great company, excellent birding and mammal watching, in superb locations,
with some dramatic weather, all making for a memorable tour!"

David Smith, Witham
Speyside, Scotland - April 2017

"Here are a few photos from the trip.
Thanks for your company, a very memorable experience for me with a lot of laughs!
All the best and hope to see you soon on further trips"

Michael Thomas, Ailsworth, Cambridgeshire
Speyside, Scotland - April 2017

"My parents and I very much enjoyed the Barge trip on Saturday. My mum especially enjoyed seeing places from her childhood.
With the added addition of excellent bird spotting by yourselves, great company, food and weather
it is definitely a day to remember"

Emma Robinson, Copford
Birds of the River Colne - Barge Cruise from Brightlingsea - April 2017

"Once again thank you for your efforts in making the recent tour to Morocco an absolutely superb and unforgettable experience.
Having travelled with several tour operators I can honestly say that your trip reports are easily the best.
With a detailed daily diary of events, a comprehensive bird list plus an extensive photographic selection of the birds actually seen,
they make a phenomenal record of this and every other tour you operate"

Peter Hobbs, Noak Bridge
The Magic of Morocco - Grand Tour - March 2017

"Thanks for the wonderful trip report.
Just printed it off and my colour print cartridge managed to not run out in the middle, so the photos came out beautifully.
Why would I need to take photos when you and Chris take them for me! I didn’t have to lose the moment worrying about which shutter speed to use and so got the whole rounded experience.
You managed it yet again – beautiful scenery, lovely food and a likeable cast of characters plus loads of birds that just seemed to appear out of desert, rocks and trees at the right moment.
Thanks for your tireless efforts, greatly appreciated.
All the best"

Rob Usher, Harlow
The Magic of Morocco - Grand Tour - March 2017

"Just to say what a great day it was yesterday - Birding - Socially - Food!
Thankfullly, that glass of red wine I partook did not have me calling out bird species first for the Western Palearctic!"

John Smart, Billericay
Birdwatching Barge Trip - Day Sail from Maldon - March 2017

"Really enjoyed reading the report with some great photos. Brings back memories of a fantastic weekend, wonderful birds,
so much fun. Thanks again for everything.
See you on 23 March for a Thames barge trip, already booked.
Very best wishes"

David Parrott - Billericay
Fuerteventura - Island of the Sun - February 2017

"Thank you for another great trip report which does bring happy memories of an amazing trip away.
Fuerteventura was ‘Island of the Sun’ with amazing birds, wildlife, scenery and beaches. The trip was the perfect winter break away with a lovely group of people!
Look forward to seeing you soon"

Emma Robinson - Copford
Fuerteventura - Island of the Sun - February 2017

"Thanks for the trip report produced with impressive speed and illustrated with your excellent photos, as usual!
Yes, the trip was greatly enjoyed and we have tried to 'hunker down' to the usual chores feeling rejuvenated by a break, though going out birding has greater appeal! Cheers"

Pat & Simon Cox - Clacton-on-Sea
Fuerteventura - Island of the Sun - February 2017

"Thanks for another lovely day on Saturday. The birds and the company were both excellent. Your enthusiasm is completely infectious and you are a great host"
Susan & Nico Deveraux - Colchester
Blackwater Boat Trip - December 2016

"Thank you for a great day on Saturday. I have not yet totted up how many different species of birds we saw but I had not expected to see so many. To become almost blasé about seeing Marsh Harriers was extraordinary and to see so many coming in to roost was quite wonderful, let alone the Bearded Tit, Mediterranean Gull, Merlin, Crane and Short-eared Owl.
Your knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious. Kind Regards"

Robert Macaulay - Thorpe-le-Soken
Winter Birding on the Isle of Sheppey Day Trip - November 2016

"Many thanks for the lovely trip report, you've put so much work into it and it makes such interesting reading. We loved your Jack Snipe video on Twitter!!
We both had a wonderful week on the Scillies and enjoyed your good company, you always take care of us so well and it is much appreciated, a big thank you to both of you!
We look forward to seeing you very soon"

Rosie & Bill Perkins - Doddinghurst
Golden Isles of Scilly - Autumn Migration - October 2016

"I had a wonderful trip with a very friendly group of birders. I have never seen so many birds and I've learned a lot about them from you all. I would very much like to join you again on future birding trips. Best wishes"
Sue Small - Barking
Southern Spain & Morocco - Marsh Owls and Migration - September 2016

"Thank you yet again for a super trip, lovely food, good accommodation and wonderful close up views of so many birds.
I'm so pleased I came on the trip as it was a never to be forgotten experience!
You can tell people about it but you need to experience it for yourself.
I love the report and what a terrific collection of photos, absolutely great and it brings back the dive-bombing memories!
Once more, thank you so much for organising these wonderful trips and for being so kind and considerate to your clients.
I will see what you have on offer next year and encourage my friend to join me.
With every good wish for all the lovely times and grateful thanks"

Diana Smith - Westcliff-on-Sea
Northumberland - Seabird Spectacular - June 2016

"Thank you for an amazing weekend. It was very me, seeing the birds up very close
and successfully breeding with their young was great!
The valley and RSPB site were beautiful and with the flowers it all had a feeling of serenity.
The hotel had a view that will stay with me forever!
Thank you Annette for recommending the trip"

Jill & Paul Pearsons - Chelmsford
Northumberland - Seabird Spectacular - June 2016

"Thank you very much for the trip report, an excellent read with excellent photos!
It was a truly memorable holiday, with quality birds and excellent company.
Look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards"

Mark Farrar - Fleetwood, Lancashire
Lapland & Varanger - Arctic Birding Adventure - June 2016

"Many thanks once again – another thoroughly enjoyable trip and, rest assured, I’ll be joining you on others! I thought the accommodation and food were excellent, the birds and photo opportunities superb. As for the driving, you won’t need a co driver when you enter the Le Mans 24 hour!
All the best to you both"

David Acfield - Ingatestone, Chelmsford
Lapland & Varanger - Arctic Birding Adventure - June 2016

"Just a quick thank you both for a fantastic trip. I was so impressed with the Hebrides, it was beautiful and I loved seeing the summer plumaged waders. The 'machair' was just amazing, it was great to see the difference between the two islands. We really caught the right week with sunshine better than at home by all accounts. You certainly made an excellent choice of hotel, the food was fantastic and the staff so obliging.
Best wishes"

Lorna Whitworth - Manningtree
Outer Hebrides - Islands on the Edge - May/June 2016

" Great to read your trip report and bring back the happy memories. Loved the surprise ode to the Outer Hebrides by Avis!
Another fantastic and fun filled trip, still can't believe we had such good weather,
hoping to book another trip soon.
Once again many thanks"

David Parrott - Billericay
Outer Hebrides - Islands on the Edge - May/June 2016

"There must be a better word in the English dictionary than 'thankyou' !! I absolutely loved the trip and really appreciate everything you do, and did for us. Yes, we were lucky with the weather, but your planning, experience, knowledge and care for us all just enhances everything. We all appreciate it and it's lovely that you can share and enjoy the experiences with us. I don't think any of us will ever forget the corncrake experience!! What a laugh we had!
I now really look forward to coming to Northumberland with you and a few more puffins!
Once again a heartfelt thankyou for a wonderfully successful trip.
Also thank you for the wonderful trip report and all the lovely photos. The dolphin one is amazing! Very clever to catch that as it all happened so quickly.
And you are right - it did bring back happy memories. It was a great trip and we haven't seen such good weather since!!
With every good wish"

Diana Smith - Westcliff-on-Sea
Outer Hebrides - Islands on the Edge - May/June 2016

"Just to say a big thank you for the fantastic holiday in Bulgaria, for all your hard work in putting it all together and for doing all the
driving, both Lesley and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, thank you for some great birding!
Excellent Value, Excellent Fun and Excellent Birds!
There were 39 lifers for us, countless memories, and I now have 1300 photographs to go through!
The trip report is perfect thank you, lovely to look back on especially with all the photos, well done!
See you soon and thanks once again"

Lesley & Steve Collins - Colchester, Essex
Bulgaria in Spring - The Grand Tour - May 2016

"Many thanks for a really fabulous trip to Bulgaria, I loved every minute of it!
Apart from the birds, there was a wonderful rich tapestry of flowers and butterflies and it was every bit as good as
Dobry our guide had lead me to believe.
Best wishes and see you soon"

Lorna Whitworth - Manningtree, Suffolk
Bulgaria in Spring - The Grand Tour - May 2016

"My first trip with Swallow Birding was a spectacular introduction to birding holidays - great company,
excellent guiding and superb birds!
Regards and thanks"

David L Smith - Witham, Essex
Bulgaria in Spring - The Grand Tour - May 2016

"Just letting you know how much we enjoyed the trip to Poland. We have been on a number of organised birding trips in the past and this one was probably the most ‘all round’ enjoyable.
The whole group seemed to get on extremely well and the leader wasn’t bad either!!
We were most impressed by the superb trip report – definitely the best we have ever received.
So thanks once again for the excellent birding and leading etc etc!!
Hope to join you on another trip in 2017"

Jane & Michael Overall - Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire
Poland - Bialowieza Forest & Biebrza Marshes - May 2016

"Many thanks for a superb trip to Poland. Your skill at being able to locate birds and help everyone to see them is really first class. As a novice I really appreciated your help in being able to tell the difference between birds by sight and song and it is so much easier doing that in somewhere like Poland. It really is an amazing place and definitely somewhere I would be interested in going back to in the future"
Andrew Ducat - East Hanningfield, Essex
Poland - Bialowieza Forest & Biebrza Marshes - May 2016

"Just unpacked from another Swallow Birding "Spectacular". Birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, plants - all packed into an enjoyable, exhausting, exhilarating and excellent experience. Magical forests with views of hawfinch feeding young, superb views of several types of woodpecker, elks in the mist and to upstage Springwatch "three White-tailed Eagles in a tussle with two foxes. Thanks again for another outstanding and fun experience with good company.
Looking forward to seeing you both again soon.
Best wishes"

Sandra & Francis Muldoon - Sible Hedingham
Poland - Bialowieza Forest & Biebrza Marshes - May 2016

"Just a quick email to say thank you for a really enjoyable day yesterday – great birds, great company and a well-run day. What more could you ask – even the weather was kind to us.
Hope you all got home safely and that we get the chance to do something else together in the future.
Best wishes"

Iain Kimberley - Wetherby, Yorkshire
Rutland Water Day Trip - April 2016

"Many thanks for an excellent boat trip yesterday. I really enjoyed it and the light was fantastic, it really wasn’t too cold. I have been wanting to do it for a long time and it certainly was well worth the wait!"
Lorna Whitworth - Manningtree, Suffolk
Blackwater Boat Trip - March 2016

"Howard and I really enjoyed our trip to Fuerteventura. And, of course all the good company.
Good hotel, lovely food, and last but not least really good birding. THANK YOU xx"

Pat Brand - Billericay & Howard Manners - Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
Fuerteventura - Island of the Sun 2016

"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our day bird watching with you and the group. Not only did we see many birds I hadn’t seen before but the knowledge you provided was excellent. Great company with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere - hopefully we’ll book again for a trip later in the year.
Thank you very much."

Heather & Martin Maunders - Ely, Cambridgeshsire
Northwest Norfolk in Winter - Day Trip 2016

"Many thanks to you both for a really fabulous week on the Scillies, thanks for finding us so many lovely birds and for your help
with our luggage etc. The memories of the lovely things we saw and picnics on
beautiful deserted beaches will remain with us forever."

Rosie & Bill Perkins - Doddington, Essex
Golden Isles of Scilly - Autumn Migration 2015

"Thank you for the excellent report on the superb trip to Finland. I am very impressed with the quality and number of photos included in the account of our day to day excursions and with the outstanding birds we were lucky to see!
Very best wishes to you both."

Bill Kilby - Teddington, Middlesex
Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun 2015

"We had extremely high expectations of the “Land of the Midnight Sun” trip to Finland following the day trips I had been on with Swallow Birding.

Those expectations were not only met but regularly exceeded as we daily saw impressive numbers of new species. Steve and the local guide, Antti, worked tirelessly to ensure we had every opportunity to get incredible views of each bird and time to appreciate their behaviour. Steve has an innate ability to spot birds in thick cover but, more importantly, the ability to clearly describe their location to the party and find positions where we could often obtain brilliant photos.

Hotels and food were very good and it is very noticeable that you continually manage the trip to ensure each guest has a wonderful time and achieves their ambitions. Julie absolutely adored all the Owls while my high point was the Red Flanked Bluetail, an Osprey and a Golden Eagle all competing for our attention at the same time.

Thanks once again for a most enjoyable holiday.
Kind regards."

Julie & Colin Brown - Chelmsford
Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun 2015

"Thank you so, so much for a terrific week. It was a holiday I'd been looking forward to but never dreamed I would have enjoyed quite so much. Everything from the company, the scenery, the sightings, the visits, the accommodation, the food and even the weather couldn't have been better. Congratulations on arranging and planning it and being such a considerate and patient 'kingpin', it was all wonderful!

Hope the rest of the season's trips go as well for you as this one did. It deserved full marks on every count. And more particularly thank you Steve for always watching out for me whether it was clambering over boulders or ensuring I could view the birds. It was a first birdwatching trip for me - and I look forward to the next one!!

It really was a Magical Mull experience - in every respect, and thank you Annette for convincing me last year that it was the trip for me!!! Usually at the end of a holiday I'm more than ready to come home, but I would have been more than happy to continue on this one!! Steve's ability to spot a bird almost before it becomes a speck in the sky is an amazing talent, and because of that I saw more birds than I've ever seen in my life. He's certainly found his niche in life. Not only good with birds but with people too.

An ode to Steve, Bird Group Leader Extraordinaire

I went to see Puffins
And saw much much more
Like Eagles so golden
And Grouse on the moor

There were Great Northern Divers
And otters and seal
And Wheatears and Corncrakes
And Gadwall and Teal

There were Lapwings and Plovers
And Turnstones and Doves
A white Gull from Iceland
And quite a few Ruffs

We were lucky to see
Five Woodcock so rare
Eiders and Shearwater
That took to the air

The week went so quickly
We had so much fun
While talking of weather
And what we had done

Your patience was tried
As we struggled to spell
The lochs we had seen
But that you knew so well

I've learnt such a lot
And give thanks so sincere
As for me it's most surely
The break of the year!

With thanks and every good wish.".

Diana Smith - Westcliff-on-Sea
Magical Mull 2015

"Thank you so much for the super report of our New Forest trip. It's a good total of birds seen, even if one or two did elude us! (I'm sure there really are goshawks - somewhere!!) We had a great time and the weather was kind to us - the hotel was very good too. Thank you for looking after us so well and inspiring us with your enthusiasm and passion for birding.

On my walk yesterday I chatted to 2 people who are joining you on the trip to Mull next week. They too were singing your praises! Hope you see the Sea Eagles - and perhaps a Golden? Have a good trip.

Hope to see you again next year!"

Pam Shankland - Basildon
Spring Birding in the New Forest 2015

"Thank you both very much for giving us such a great holiday in Cyprus. The characterful hotel, great birds, locations and fellow travellers all added up to make a super trip!

It was very hard to find just one special moment and today we've had time to reflect on just how many we had; the Garganey flying in over the sea, appearance of the Little Crakes, numerous Pallid Harriers, the variety of Waders and Warblers, fabulous flowers, great sewage works birds and lots more, not forgetting the unexpected Reptiles!

Thanks again. "

Marilyn Pritchard & Mark Bridges - Leigh-on-Sea
Cyprus - Spring Birding on Aphrodite's Isle 2015

"Thank you so much for another fun trip full of wonderful birds and other wildlife. It was a great group and superb friendly accommodation. A special thank you to Steve and his field work skills in going the extra mile to find those delightful Black-winged Kites - a real highlight of the tour. Looking forward to our next trip! "
Sandra & Francis Muldoon - Sible Hedingham
Extremadura - Secret Spain 2015

"Thank you very much for giving us a super trip to Dungeness on Saturday. Didn't we have some brilliant birds despite the weather! It's hard to pick our favourites but the Peregrines displaying took some beating not to mention the Lesser Yellowlegs for a UK tick for us and then there were the Cattle Egrets and lovely views of the Kingfisher......

Thanks again for getting our year off to such a great start "

Marilyn Pritchard & Mark Bridges - Leigh-on-Sea
Dungeness Day Trip 2015

"Just wanted to say thank you for another "action packed" few days. We both enjoyed it enormously. I had five new birds and today overheard Francis enthusing about the weekend to one of his biking friends!

The group were great fun and really helpful in sharing information and birding tips for ID. Steve as usual was superb finding the birds and making sure we all saw what we needed to see and we had 3 days of fantastic scenery and even more fantastic birds, flowers and wildlife.

The accommodation was excellent as was Esther's hospitality and cooking.

Every trip we do, we think "this cannot be equalled" and then it always is!

Looking forward to our next trip."

Sandra & Francis Muldoon - Sible Hedingham
Early Winter in the Spanish Pyrenees 2014

"Thank you for such a superb day, it was well organised and executed from the outset in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

I managed to see 60 species today, I was a bit slow on occasions and missed a few you pointed out, but was really delighted that the 60 species included 21 year ticks and 6 lifers!

It speaks volumes that although most of the party were repeat custom, it was great that everybody made us newcomers feel welcome.

This was my first trip with Swallow Birding, the first of many I am sure.
Thanks again! "

Colin Brown - Chelmsford
Pager Day Trip 2014

"Just to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Bulgaria, the sights were amazing, will we ever see so many eagles again?

Beautiful weather, good hotel, and best of all fantastic birds, what more could anyone want?

Please convey our thanks and appreciation to our Bulgarian guide who is a great guy and who worked so hard, as did Steve, to make the trip such a success.
Once again many thanks! "

Pat Brand - Billericay & Howard Manners - Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
Bulgaria - Black Sea Coast Migration 2014

"We would just like to say that we really enjoyed the recent tour Sea Watching in Cornwall. Steve, you looked after us all fantastically and made sure that we were comfortable at all times. Even with the changeable weather one morning, we saw an absolutely amazing amount of birds. A great group ensured that we had plenty of laughs, especially at the hotel. We will certainly be joining you again, and again. Thank you! "
Lesley & Steve Collins - Colchester
Cornwall - Seabirds and Migrants 2014

"Once again many thanks for the brilliant day yesterday. I was thrilled to see a Marbled White butterfly which I have wanted to see for a long time and we were so lucky with the orchids.

It’s really good that there are still such wonderful hidden spots in this country with all these special things.

Many thanks for the trip reports too with amazing photos as ever."

Lorna Whitworth - Bradfield, Manningtree
Wildlife of the Chilterns Day Trip 2014

"At last I have got round to thanking you for a superb trip. My first with you but not my last! I had a quite splendid time, and with the two of you looking after me it was so good. You both have such different talents, but oh, how they fit together to make Swallow Birding unique in my experience.

I have just seen the trip report - great - you write reports as well and take photographs!!

Many thanks again."

Audrey Cowie - Colchester
Northumberland - Seabird Spectacular 2014

"Remarkably I feel fresh enough this morning to pen a brief note to thank you for one of the best birding trips I’ve been on from all points of view – guide, birds, accommodation, transport, food and company were all excellent.

Steve, I do hope you recover from the driving experience which was above and beyond the call of duty and many thanks for working so hard to get us to see the specialities. Annette, many thanks for ensuring I was OK at all times and for being a very entertaining flight companion. The downside of your joint success is that you will be seeing me again."

David Acfield - Ingatestone
Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun 2014

"Great trip report. Love the photos. It was definitely Magical Mull. A fab week. Cant wait for the next trip. Many many thanks."
Jill Canning - Feering
Magical Mull 2014

"Well what can I say, except a big thank you for the last ten days of terrific birding, it was an amazing experience, great quality birds, phenomenal scenery, cracking weather and the best ever pre-breakfast walk. I’ve had some good, some really good and also some great birding trips with yourselves but this is the best so far!"
Peter Hobbs - Basildon
Turkey -Western Palearctic Wonders 2014

"Thank you so much for the comprehensive Trip Report for the Day Trip. I really appreciate all the hard work you both put in and can easily understand why people return so often!!"
Alan Blois - Layer-de-la-Haye
North Norfolk Day Trip 2014

"Thanks for yet another good trip. I went to a new place, saw new birds, learnt something new and laughed a lot!
Great combination!"

Jill Canning - Feering
Dungeness Day Trip 2014

"We had such a good day today birdwatching with you. We learned so much and had such a happy time. A big thank you to yourself Steve, and Andrew for being such good instructors and also for being so patient!

Guess what! On our way home, the Barn Owl flew across the road at head height just in front of the car (lucky we didn't hit it!). Maybe you were still on the lookout for it and spotted it in the dusk as it came over your way, I hope so. A brilliant end to a brilliant day!

Thank you again from both of us!"

Charlotte Scott-Barrett - Colchester
Abberton Reservoir Localbirder 2014

"The birding was lovely. I had a great time, thanks to you and the other birders. The Marsh Owls were amazing and truly a species I am sure I won’t see again. Watching Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles and Black Storks trying to migrate was an amazing spectacle. Thanks for that! However, I really liked seeing the Hoopoe fly and perch on the wire, great!
I want to congratulate you and Steve on the great trip report. I have never received such a detailed list with commentary, photos, and documentation. I have travelled with 3 American birding companies and your trip report is miles ahead of theirs!

I have just looked at the photos as well on your website and they are great.

Thanks again for a wonderful experience!"

Jane Stavert - California, USA
Southern Spain & Morocco - Marsh Owls & Migration 2013

"Thank you for the trip report, it’s really good! It included fabulous photos which made lots of memories come flooding back.

The trip was one of the best holidays I have ever had, I enjoyed every minute! The birds were amazing and being able to use your telescope added a whole new dimension to my enjoyment, thank you.

It was also nice to be part of such a lovely bunch of people. I can’t wait to do my next trip!"

Jill Canning - Feering
Southern Spain & Morocco - Marsh Owls & Migration 2013

"Many thanks for a great trip to Wales which I thoroughly enjoyed! It's an area I was unfamiliar with and it is beautiful! It was so hot and sunny and I was thrilled with the Pied Flycatchers. I had no idea that there are so many Choughs in Wales and they are one of my favourite birds. Thanks also for the trip report and the wonderful photos.

What I really enjoy about your trips is that it is not just birds but all natural history and your knowledge just never ceases to amaze me. Thanks once again!"

Lorna Whitworth - Bradfield, Manningtree
Wales 2013

"Thank you for a brilliant trip to Hungary! We enjoyed the birds, flowers and lovely isolation from the manic life we normally lead.
The group were great! They were diverse and friendly people, everyone loving birds and the countryside. Unique!

We would love to join you again next year!"

Jill & Paul Pearsons - Chelmsford
Hungary 2013

"Many thanks for the very comprehensive report on our great trip to Norfolk! It was a super trip, full of interest and variety and all the more rewarding for having your expert guidance. We hope to be able to join you again and thanks for a great holiday!"
Elizabeth & Geoff Forward - Billericay
Norfolk Coast & Heath 2013

"Thank you so much for the report. It is a super record of what was an excellent bird watching tour. Thank you so much for your dedication and enthusiasm in pointing out (and finding!) so many different species, which on our own I am sure we would have overlooked. You were also very considerate in looking after our personal welfare, and I think the hotel was an excellent choice of accommodation - the food was delicious and hospitality very good. I am sure we shall be coming back to you for another tour."
Pam Shankland - Basildon
Norfolk Coast & Heath 2013

"Many thanks for a most enjoyable trip to Extremadura! Hitting the birding hotspots, whilst avoiding the rain all around us was indeed a major achievement! Thanks to your help, I managed to see 28 new species. A very rewarding 4 days!
As far as I am concerned (as a novice birder), Swallow Birding has been a marvellous experience for me. I cannot find words to praise you and Steve enough!!"

David Parrott - Billericay
Extremadura 2013

"Wow! What a trip!
As always it was superbly organised.
The birds that we saw were truly magnificent, giving us 25 new species to add to our WP list.

The hotel was also superb, run by a great family. It was a pleasure to be able to try traditional local food and wine that they were obviously proud of.
Even the weather behaved itself, the only real rain coming as we were in the minibus.

Definitely well done to you!"

Kathryn & Stephen Buxton - Thorpe-le-Soken
Extremadura 2013

"Thank you for running an excellent trip to Extremadura! The hard work you put in with the planning and preparation certainly benefitted everyone. It was very evident that your preparation included being very familiar with sites and alternatives, that again added to the ease with which the trip ran. Thanks also to Annette for all her hard work behind the scenes."
Adrienne & Derek Tollesbury
Extremadura 2013

"Just to say thankyou for all your hard work for another excellent weekend's birding. As usual good birds, good food and accommodation, good company and plenty of good laughs! Excellent!"
Roy Ledgerton - Braintree
Cornwall 2013

"Just a note to thank you for a tremendous week in Shetland! It’s a place I have always wanted to visit but really knew very little about! I was amazed at some of the scenery, just incredible!
This, plus some fantastic birds, the bonxies were just awesome! The 2 boat trips were out of this world and I will long remember the churring of the Storm Petrels at the nest and the sea cliffs around Noss.

But what really made the week was the people. I was a little concerned, booking so late and not knowing anyone apart from one person. These concerns were totally unfounded of course as you made me welcome from the moment we met at Aberdeen airport. There was plenty of good ‘craic’ amongst the group and it really made the week. I will book again with you!"

Phil Hampson - Stockport, Cheshire
Shetland 2012

"Another great spectacle of wildlife! Such excellent close views of the birds; where else could you get that close to bonxies? We are still talking about the boat trip, the Storm Petrels singing in the broch walls and the colours of the Red-necked Phalarope in breeding plumage. So many highlights and so many memories of another fabulous trip with you. Thankyou!"
Sandra & Francis Muldoon - Sible Hedingham
Shetland 2012

"Many thanks for a most enjoyable trip to Poland. About ten years ago we were put off joining birdwatching groups but this time we found everyone very friendly and accommodating. Of course this is all down to you being an excellent leader; so easy going, cheerful and friendly. Your incredible talent for spotting and identifying birds at a glance or by just a chirp always amazes us. It is great to be able to add to our birdwatching knowledge, although the more we learn we realise how little we know!

All in all it was an excellent trip with nice people, lots of birds seen well, including eight new birds for us (you cannot beat the woodpeckers and owls) comfortable accommodation and good food. We also found it interesting visiting a variety of habitats. We are both looking forward to reading the trip report that you have kindly sent us.

Once again many thanks to both you and Annette. We look forward to joining another trip in the future"

Tina & Doug Holden - Great Baddow
Poland 2012

"I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed the trip - I had high expectations and they were exceeded. I will recommend Swallow Birding even more highly than before. It was such good fun, the birds were fabulous - and the people and countryside were terrific"
Neil Sumner - Billericay
Poland 2012

"Thanks for another splendid trip. As always, ‘Good Value - Good Fun - Good Birds’ reached and passed the excellent plus level, thanks to your efforts!"
Roy Ledgerton - Braintree
Poland 2012

"What a brilliant trip it was! You asked about highlights - every stop was a highlight and it just kept getting better! The birds, wildlife, scenery, accommodation and the people were all terrific,
thanks for everything"

Brian James - Benfleet
Bulgaria/Greece 2012

"I would just like to thank you for the recent five days of cracking birding in Bulgaria and Greece. The boat trip on Lake Kerkini was absolutely phenomenal, providing views of herons and egrets which will never be bettered and although optional should be made compulsory for any birdwatcher, a true wildlife spectacle"
Peter Hobbs - Basildon
Bulgaria/Greece 2012

" Many thanks for another splendid trip, only one word for Extremadura ‘WOW’ what superb birds, accommodation and company. Once again so many great birding memories. It seems that we arrive home from every trip thinking this one can’t be equalled and every time it is. Thanks - already looking forward to the next one"
Sandra & Francis Muldoon - Sible Hedingham
Extremadura 2012

"What a fantastic trip that was! I just woke up and I'm still buzzing.
What a lovely group we had, great food as well. As for the birds -
brilliant, amazing, fantastic - what more can I say!"

Ernie Wells - Colchester
Oland 2011

"We just wanted to thank you for another great trip, which we both enjoyed immensely. Fantastic birds, new lifers every day, super dragon, damsel and butterflies, it was a really magical tour. Thanks to Annette for her organisation and of course to Steve for being able to spot a Little Bittern sitting in a reedbed while driving at 40mph, how does he do it? We have lots of good memories and have already related the incident of Steve seemingly swearing very loudly ‘get out, Bustards’ at his clients across Le Crau, a moment never to be forgotten"
Sandra & Francis Muldoon - Sible Hedingham
Camargue 2011

"I just wish to state personally how much I enjoyed the recent trip to Morocco. All aspects were most enjoyable - the hotels, the food and the birding of course. What I enjoyed as well is the friendly atmosphere of the whole trip brought about by yourselves. So once again, many thanks for a most enjoyable holiday"
Ian Shaw - Chigwell
Morocco 2011

“Times of the trip were spot on and the first sightings of 500 Rose-coloured Starlings were the best I've seen on any birding trip.
Of course the Wallcreeper was obviously brilliant along with all other birds, butterflies and wildflowers.

Pre-breakfast walks were enjoyable because of the surrounding areas and location of accommodation.
Good food and good company and excellent leaders.“

Richard Stanley - Pitsea

"I must also say that apart from Steve’s excellent ability to find so much, he was so informative, helpful & attentive – he was BRILL.
This combined with the very friendly other travellers made it a truly memorable day"

Chris Henry - Essex
North Norfolk Day Trip

"Thank you for a wonderful weekend in the Camargue. Not just great birding but a lovely experience all round. This is thanks to you, who put so much effort into the whole thing.
I really enjoyed every minute and 10/10 to you both"

Margaret Dalgarno - Brentwood
Winter Camargue

"Received weekend report, very impressive.
You're right, it was a great weekend, great company and great birding. But what made it for me was 2 great hosts.
A big thank-you"

Richard Stanley - Pitsea - Sweden Migration

"A big, big thank you for making the weekend in Sweden rather special for me. What can I say, the company was good, the birds were good, the scenery was good in fact everything in the organisation of the weekend was tremendous"
David Sadler - Ashford, Kent
Sweden Migration

"It was a simply super weekend which was carried out in a friendly, leisurely way but also very professionally conducted"
Les Bird & Brian Holwell - Grays
Sweden Migration

"We had a fantastic day with you on Saturday. Everything was relaxed and enjoyable. A day to remember"
Rosie & Bill Perkins - Brentwood
Day Trip

"Thank you for one of the most memorable weekends I’ve ever had. I am still buzzing now.
To see such a variety in 2 days was amazing and thanks to the passion for our hobby by yourself and Annette I got the chance to see all this and meet some nice people too”

Darren Knight - Brentwood
Winter Raptors, Sweden

"Thank you so very much for the wonderful holiday, we had such an enjoyable time, amongst good company and with great birding
- especially on the Friday! Our best birdwatching day ever, with so many species to see all in the same place - magic!
All this was due to your excellent organisation -
what a great team you are"

Veronica & Hugh Owen - Colchester
Speyside, Scotland
After joining SWALLOW BIRDING on a tour or day trip here are some of the comments given to us by customers.

We cannot thank everyone enough for making our trips so enjoyable and for coming back again and again!