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Birding Discovery Day - The Uplands In Winter 2023/24

  • Nosterfield, North Yorkshire

The northern Yorkshire Dales are a wonderful place for birding. Distinctly different from rest of the National Park.

The heather clad moorlands of the Nidderdale AONB, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lie on the eastern perimeter of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Originally not included at the formation of the National Park, Nidderdale and surrounding areas were granted AONB status in 1994.

On the tour we visit hidden valleys amongst the upland moors and delve into the adjacent wetlands of the Lower Ure Valley. The area has become one of the most important places for the Hen Harrier in northern England. A small population of the exotic Mandarin Duck is also resident here.

The highlight of the day will be a visit to a Hen Harrier roost.

Key Birds: Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Black grouse, Red Grouse, Goosander, Goldeneye, Mandarin, Dipper, Grey wagtail, Marsh Tit.

Please note: transport is not provided on this day tour. All sites will be in close proximity to the meeting point to be arranged. Meeting point Nosterfield Nature Reserve near Ripon. Precise details sent by email after your booking

These exclusive one-day tours are designed for everyone - from beginners to the more experienced – who'd like be part of small group tour, creating a real 'team' adventure.

What you can expect on one of our Birding Discovery Days 2023:

  • A small group creates constant, great opportunities to interact with your guide
  • Professional, local expert guide with a lifetime of birding knowledge in Yorkshire
  • A fun-packed day; exciting locations, tuition, opportunities for photography and of course great birds!
  • A free Yorkshire Wildlife Checklist


Birding Discovery Day - The Uplands in Winter 2023/24

John McLoughlin BSc Hons YCN role: Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: BSc Hons Ecology John, better known as "Johnny Mac", is an experienced bird and wildlife tour leader. Born in Doncaster, he has had a life-long love of nature.  He was inspired early in life whilst witnessing a pair of displaying Great… Read More »

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Just a quick message to say how much I enjoyed the day last Sunday. It was a fab day – thanks to John I got to see plenty of birds and in the... Read Full Review »