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Gull Identification Day – 31st January

Based on feedback from my gull talk at the Pembrokeshire Bird Conference, and questions asked that day, I am leading a day aimed at improving your confidence with gulls.  The morning will be spent around Dale, and the afternoon at Llys-y-fran Reservoir for the gull...

Skomer Autumn Special Report & 2015 booking information

Finally caught up with myself to write this short report – it’s been a busy autumn already!  September 14th-16th saw the first ever West Coast Birdwatching residential, leading an autumn 2-day trip to Skomer Island on behalf of the Wildlife Trust of South...

A Little Swim to Skokholm Island

Some of you may not know that I swam from Marloes Sands on the Pembrokeshire mainland, across Broad Sound, to Skokholm Island on 22nd August. What started out simply as a personal challenge (well, it was different to catching the boat), ended up raising a decent...

Magical Ramsey Island

Led my first day trip to Ramsey Island today and it could not have been better.  A lovely group of people (Tom & Zoe from London, and Tessa & Lesley from Cambridge) and the weather was just perfect – light winds, blue skies and warm temperatures....

Seawatching at Strumble Head

If you’ve never tried seawatching (that’s watching the sea in the hope of seeing seabirds and maybe cetaceans, not just staring at water – although it can be like that much of the time!) then it can be a bit daunting first time.  I went to Strumble...

Birds & Bikes

Just back from a little trip to France, the primary focus to see the Tour de France and also to do some cycling in the Vosges mountains – both of which were fantastic.  Of course a birder never travels without optics, so I was able to notch up a few birds here...

Skomer Special #3

Yesterday was the last of this year’s 3 ‘experimental’ special day trips to Skomer Island.  The island is closed to day visitors on Mondays (except bank holidays), so the Wildlife Trust decided to try a special trip limited place (just 15 people)...

Skomer Special #2

Today was the second of 3 special Wildlife Trust/WCB day trips to Skomer, a select group of 16 of us heading out to the island – the only day trippers.  The first trip 2 weeks ago was fantastic, and I was concerned it would be difficult to live up to, but I...

Skomer Special #1

Today (Monday 2nd June) was the first ever Wildlife Trust South & West Wales / West Coast Birdwatching ‘Skomer Special’ – a chance to visit the island on a day normally closed to day visitors, led by myself, and in a small group of just 15.  You...

A little excursion to Skomer

A few hours on Skomer Island this morning in search of yesterday’s Blyth’s Reed Warbler, which sadly didn’t put in an appearance.  We  did see a Reed Warbler by North Pond, still a scarce bird on Skomer, along with a Sand Martin and a Willow Warbler...

Spring wanderings

A few hours out this morning, Spotted Flycatcher at Martin’s Haven, the White-fronted Goose dropped in to Marloes Mere with a small group of Canadas, a small group of Ringed Plover and Dunlin flew over (15 in total).  A Sedge Warbler was singing his head off by...

2014 Trip Dates – updated

Please click on the attachment for an updated list of available trips, including an additional day trip (due to demand on the other dates) to Skomer Island on Monday 16th June, just 15 places available!! 2014 WCB Trip...

Cornish Kites

I’ve just spent a week in the far west of Cornwall with Mrs Astins and our 3 dogs, staying in a cottage at Cape Cornwall that we’ve stayed in many times.  The location is superb – close to St Just and it’s amenities (including Warrens,...

In search of waders down south

Spent a fantastic day out with Gareth Llewellyn from Pembroke Dock today.  Gareth is an experienced photographer who wanted to learn more about birds, particularly waders.  We spent the day in the south of Pembrokeshire, taking in a number of estuarine and wetland...

2014 Trip Dates

Following a few requests I have put all the current dates available into a single document – please click on the link: 2014 WCB Trip Dates.  As always, if you have something in mind or would like some ideas, just drop us an e-mail or give us a call – no...

A blustery & wet walk

A blustery and eventually wet walk around Martin’s Haven & Marloes Mere early evening. At least 4 pairs of Stonechat at the former, including this showy male, with 2 Chough a small passage of Swallows. Plenty of hirundines at Marloes Mere, Swallows most...

Preselis & Gwaun Valley

An afternoon out guiding with Pat in the Preselis and then the Gwaun Valley.  Weather turned out really nice, plenty of sunshine, although the brisk south-easterly wind made a few sites hard going.  Our first stop ancient oak woodland stop produced plenty of hoped for...

Mid-Pembrokeshire Day Out

My first day out guiding as West Coast Birdwatching with Pat from London, and what a great day we had.  One of Pat’s most wanted birds was Dipper, so we went to a fabulous spot on the Eastern Cleddau and had fantastic views of 2 adults feeding 2 recently fledged...

Autumn special on Skomer – very limited places

Another great trip planned – this time a special 2-night stay on Skomer Island in mid-September, a great time for migrant birds and the chance of finding our own ‘special’ bird.  2-nights self catered, including landing fee and guiding, just £99....

Guided trips to Ramsey Island – 5 dates announced!

Pleased to announce 5 guided trips to Ramsey Island on 23rd May, 13th June, 4th July, 27th July & 5th September.  Places limited to 15 per trip.  If demand is there, some more dates may be announced.  Please drop me a line if you’d like more information, a...