PRESS RELEASE: David Lindo, known as The Urban Birder, is now offering a unique chance to see and learn more about birds in unusual birding locations around the world. The Urban Birder tours take visitors to destinations that are overlooked, unusual but rich in birding, from tranquil woodlands to mountain tops – and even city centres! The tours are focused on leisurely birding, with plenty of time given to soaking up the local culture rather than rushing around ticking lists.
David Lindo is one of the UK’s leading ornithologists. As well as presenting on the BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch, he is a passionate and well respected public speaker, having recently been shortlisted for Salon London’s Transmission Prize 2016, which celebrates the work public speakers do to transmit their ideas. This year’s list is dominated by speakers who are advocating a stronger relationship with the natural world from the city, a message that David is passionate about.
The Urban Birder Tours exemplify that passion by organising trips to locations around the world
David will also be appearing at the Adventure Travel Show on 24th January 2016 between 10.15am and 10.45am. He will be discussing urban birding in Peru.
Northern Serbia: Owls and Raptors (Led by David Lindo)
14 May to 21 May 2016
Although Serbia is not a country that many would immediately associate with birding and wildlife watching opportunities, this trip explores a wide range of habitats including the Pannonain Plains and urban areas such as the town of Kikinda where thousands of Long-eared Owls roost in winter. Other expected birds include Black-necked Grebes, Pygmy Cormorants, Purple Herons, Lesser Spotted Eagles and many more.
Latvia: Owls, Woodpeckers and Spring Migrations (Led by David Lindo with Sacha Barbato)
21 May to 28 May 2016
The spring bird migration through Latvia can be nothing short of phenomenal and will be in full swing by mid-May. It should be possible to spot well over 160 species of birds, including Wood Warblers, Pied Flycatchers, Thrush Nightingales, and Hazel Grouse. There may also be opportunities to spot Roe Deer, Elk, Wild Boar and European Beavers, as well as many species of butterfly.
Slovenia: Beauty and Beasts (Led by David Lindo)
18 June to 26 June 2016
This circular tour of Slovenia starts and ends in the country’s historic capital, Ljubijana and takes in some stunning Alpine habitats. As well as being home to Alpine specialty birds such as Water Pipit, Ring Ouzel, and Alpine Accentor, Slovenia is a butterfly heaven, with nearly 180 species recorded. Expect to see beauties such as Alpine Argus and Asian Fritillary, as well as plenty of mammals including Brown Bears, Alpine Marmots and European Hares.
Peru: The the Concrete Jungle to the Amazon Jungle (Led by David Lindo in conjunction with the Crees Foundation)
30 July to 13 August 2016
A fantastic opportunity to visit a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon known as the Manu Biosphere, one of the most biodiverse places in the planet where you can see macaws and parrots as well as howler monkeys, tapirs and coral snakes. The trip will also take in the capital Lima and Cusco before heading to the mystical Machu Picchu to learn more about the fascinating Inca culture – and spot a few more birds of course!
Extremadura, Spain: Bustards, sandgrouse and vultures! (Led by David Lindo with Martin Kelsey)
18 September to 25 September 2016
Extremadura is one of the least known regions of Spain – even for Spaniards! Yet this area twice the size of Wales is well-known by British birders as a spring venue for birding and wildlife watching. However, Extramadura also has the richest winter birdlife of any region in Spain, including Great Bustard, Black-bellies Sandgrouse, Stone Curlews and many more.
Portugal: Lisbon Estuaries, Alentejo & Algarve Regions (Led by David Lindo and João Jara from Birds & Nature Tours Portugal – www.birds.pt)
30 September to 7 October 2016
This trip will be a memorable journey across Portugal to see some truly astonishing birding meccas, including the Tagus Estuary and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserves, where you can see Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Kite and many more. There will also be opportunities to watch Common and Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Red and Fallow Deer and a good selection og butterflies and dragonflies.
The Urban Birders Tours are not travel agents but tour guides. Tours are mainly facilitated by a reputable UK-based, ABTA and ATOL bonded travel agents, Travel The Unknown .
For more information, see The Urban Birder website. 0203 793 9098
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About David Lindo
David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, is one of the UK’s leading ornithologists. Presenter on BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch and regular guest on many other TV shows including the One Show, Countryfile and the Great British Wildlife Revival, he was recently voted the 7th most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine. David was also shortlisted for Salon London’s Transmission Prize 2016, which celebrates the ideas that have caught the hearts and minds of UK audiences in 2015. Author of two books – The Urban Birder (2011) and Tales from Concrete Jungles (published by Bloomsbury, 2015), David writes a popular monthly urban birding column in Britain’s best-selling birding publication, Bird Watching Magazine and regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Friends of the Earth magazine and Nature’s Home – the membership publication for Britain’s largest conservation organisation – the RSBP.