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Birding Discovery Day - The Uplands 2021

  • The Yorkshire Dales

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

the lower valleys are dominated by traditional hay meadows whilst the tops are largely heather clad. The birdlife here is more diverse than the southern Dales and the rather bare Three Peaks uplands. In spring the calls of breeding waders fill the valleys with Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe and Redshank all present. On the high tops the distinctive plaintive whistle of the Golden Plover can be readily heard.

The sought after Black Grouse has its English southern stronghold here and we will search the moors and meadows for them. Its cousin the Red Grouse is the most abundant species here and they can be regularly seen displaying at the roadside.

Other key birds on this itinerary include summer visitors such as Ring Ouzel, Tree Pipit, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher whilst Dipper and Grey Wagtail frequent the fast flowing rivers. On the higher ground there is a chance of finding the elusive Merlin which still nests in the area.

These one-day tours are designed for anyone, from beginners to the more experienced, who wish to join an enthusiastic small group tour where they will feel part of a team. Using our up to the minute information from our many contacts in the uplands we will tailor the trip to a combination of group requests, weather conditions and the best birds around at the time. 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 the village green in Reeth near Richmond. Grid Ref: SE 037 993 Access 25 min drive west from Richmond via the A6108 and the onto the B6270 park in the area opposite the shops and the Black Bull pub.

What Can You Expect on one of our Birding Discovery Days 2021:

  • Small group of 5 creates a great opportunity to interact with your guide
  • Professional and 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 2021

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 »

Date & Time Duration Location Type Price Availability
Sat 6th Mar - 8.30am 1 day Yorkshire Dales £60 0 Places remaining
Sun 14th Mar - 8.30am 1 day Yorkshire Dales £60 0 Places remaining
Sat 17th Apr - 8.30am 1 day Yorkshire Dales £60 0 Places remaining
Sun 18th Apr - 8.30am 1 day Yorkshire Dales £60 0 Places remaining
Sun 2nd May - 8.30am 1 day Yorkshire Dales £60 0 Places remaining
Sun 20th Jun - 8.30am 1 day Yorkshire Dales £60 0 Places remaining