Birding with one of Britain's most fanatical birdwatchers

If you are lively, mobile, hardy, prepared to rough it if need be and are keen on seeing the majority of birds to be found in a particular location or country then Lee's Ruff n' Ready Tours are for you.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

ROUND BRITAIN TOURS in January and May 2014

I have several spaces on my Round Britain Tour of 18-26 January 2014 still available, as well as on my May tour - please email me if you are interested. Accommodation is either B & B or Premier Inn/Travelodge.
 
Target birds on the January trip will be as follows - most trips netting between 178 and 192 species (last May's achieved a record 207) - Red & Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Black-necked, Slavonian & Red-necked Grebes, Fulmar, Balearic Shearwater, Shag, Bittern, Cattle & Great White Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Whooper & Bewick's Swan, Snow Goose, Greenland & Russian White-fronted Geese, Tundra & Taiga Bean Geese, Pinkfeet, Icelandic Greylag, Barnacle Geese, Pale-bellied Brent & Black Brant, Red-breasted Goose, Mandarin Duck, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ferruginous Duck, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Velvet & Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Smew, Goosander, Ruddy Duck, White-tailed Sea Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red Kite, Marsh & Hen Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Merlin, Red & Black Grouse, Ptarmigan, Capercaillie, Grey Partridge, Golden Pheasant, Lady Amherst's Pheasant (if feeding stn in operation), Water Rail, Common Crane, Pied Avocet, Purple Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Jack Snipe, Ruff, Ring-billed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Glaucous & Iceland Gull, Black Guillemot, Long-eared & Short-eared Owl, Little Owl, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Ring-necked Parakeet, Shore Lark, Water & Rock Pipit, Dipper, Waxwing, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Dartford Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Willow Tit, Bearded Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Red-billed Chough, Hooded Crow, Raven, Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Twite, Hawfinch, Common Crossbill, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting and Cirl Bunting.
 

Other trips in January and February include the usual Spanish Lynx/Spanish Eagle/wintering Bustard tour and Wallcreeper tours and in March/April, bird migration in Israel - email LGREUK400@aol.com for further details

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Forthcoming Trips for Autumn 2013

Next up on the agenda will be SEAWATCHING trips in West Cornwall commencing as soon as conditions look promising in August through to mid September - up to 6 places available per 3/4 day spell

Target birds include Manx, Balearic, Minorcan, Cory's, Sooty & Great Shearwaters, Storm, Leach's & Wilson's Petrels, Sabine's Gull, Long-tailed, Arctic, Pomarine & Great Skuas and Grey Phalarope

Then I have the October RarityFest Extravaganzas - again for up to 6 persons -:

5-12 October
14-19 October
21-26 October

Concentrating on seeing and finding rarities wherever the weather or birds take us - perhaps Shetland, the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, Yorkshire or Norfolk - 180 species expected

Accommodation is Premier Inn/Travelodge or B & B - birding is dawn until dusk

For Bookings/Enquiries, contact LGRE at LGREUK400@aol.com or phone 07881 906629

Trips in November and December will include The Gambia and Thailand - dates to be announced

Monday, 10 December 2012

Forthcoming Tours in 2013

There are still two places on the ROUND BRITAIN tour of 19-27 JANUARY 2013 to be filled - email me on LGREUK400@aol.com for details; these tours are designed to see as many species as possible in a single week - this January's tour succeeding in recording 192 species as opposed to the tour in January 2011 which recorded 178.

Next off is SPAIN from 20-25 FEBRUARY 2013, concentrating on Iberian Lynx, Spanish Imperial Eagles, Black Vultures, Citril Finches, Wallcreepers, Bustards and Eagle Owls

Depending on fuel availability, I shall be in EGYPT from 4-11 MARCH 2013, followed quickly by a visit to ISRAEL from 15-25 MARCH 2013 - perhaps 1 space on the former and 2 on the latter.

Combined Georgia and NE Turkey from 17-24 APRIL 2013 is possibly full, with the popular SCOTTISH WEEKENDER in early MAY 2013.

MOROCCO and WESTERN SAHARA combined in MAY, followed by another ROUND-BRITAIN EXTRAVAGANSA from 17-26 MAY.

Depending on the success of breeding boreal Owls, SCANDINAVIA is proposed for 1-9 JUNE, with a trip for all of the SPANISH specialities 12-18 JUNE and a short excursion to SICILY in JUNE.

Also to be incorporated into the schedule are trips to CHINA, the CAPE VERDE ISLANDS, OHIO and THE AZORES

Thursday, 10 February 2011

ISRAEL this spring

I have a tour running to Israel this spring from 13-24 March 2011 which still has a few places left on it; it is a comprehensive tour covering both northern and southern Israel and includes all specialities

Please email me on LGREUK400@aol.com if you would like to join me or for further details

Many thanks

Lee Evans

Ruff n Ready LGRE Tours in 2011

I am currently putting the finishing touches to the 2011 Itinerary of trips. So far we have Spain and the Spanish Lynx, Inperial Eagle and Bustards in February and then an exhaustive tour of Morocco and the Western Sahara from 27 February to 9 March, the latter now full

Following these, there is ISRAEL (March), SCANDINAVIA (April), TURKEY & GEORGIA (early May), POLAND (May), SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS (May), SPAIN (May), SICILY and EGYPT in June, THE CANARY ISLANDS for White-faced Storm Petrel and endemic Blue Tits in July, ARIZONA and CALIFORNIA in Aug/Sept, SHETLAND in September, THE AZORES in November, GOA in November and THAILAND and COSTA RICA in December.

Please email me at LGREUK400@aol.com for further details and availability

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Personal Guiding

I can virtually guarantee the following species of bird in Britain and can tailor-make trips to fit your itinerary. A package of birds are on offer in many cases, so prices may vary. I offer a Scottish Itinerary and Package (winter and spring) as well (see separate entry).

KEY

* (species marked with single asterisk available on Scottish Package Trip)

Likelihood of success: birds are coded on likelihood of connection. For example, A indicates guaranteed, B extremely likely, C above average and D very small chance.

Pricing: The prices quoted are for individual trips concentrating on just seeing that one species but for obvious reasons, many species can be combined and the same price will cater for an entire package. POA - price on application, dependent on availability

RED-THROATED DIVER* (A) (£30)
BLACK-THROATED DIVER* (A) (winter only; £60)
GREAT NORTHERN DIVER* (A) (from £15)
WHITE-BILLED DIVER* (C) (only available as part of Highlands & Islands Package)
SLAVONIAN GREBE* (A) (winter only) (£20)
BLACK-NECKED GREBE (A) (£10)
LITTLE GREBE (A) (£3)
GREAT CRESTED GREBE (A) (£3)
RED-NECKED GREBE (C) POA
NORTHERN FULMAR* (A) (£40)
CORY'S SHEARWATER (C) POA
GREAT SHEARWATER (D) POA
MANX SHEARWATER* (A) (July-Oct only) POA
BALEARIC SHEARWATER (A) (July-Oct only) (£90)
SOOTY SHEARWATER (A) (Aug-Oct only) (£90)
BRITISH STORM PETREL (C) (July-Oct only) (£90)
LEACH'S STORM PETREL (D) POA
NORTHERN GANNET* (A) (from £15)
ATLANTIC GREAT CORMORANT* (A) (£25)
CONTINENTAL CORMORANT (A) (£2)
EUROPEAN SHAG* (A) (from £25)
EURASIAN BITTERN (A) (winter only) (from £10)
CATTLE EGRET (A) POA
LITTLE EGRET (A) £10
GREAT WHITE EGRET (B) POA
GREY HERON (A) (£2)
EURASIAN SPOONBILL (A) (£30)
MUTE SWAN (A) £1
WHOOPER SWAN* (A) (£30)
BEWICK'S SWAN (A) (£30)
EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (A) (£40)
GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (A) (winter only)
TAIGA BEAN GOOSE (A) (from £60)
TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE (C) POA
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (A) (winter only) (£40)
GREYLAG GOOSE* (A) (£10)
ATLANTIC CANADA GOOSE (A) (£1)
BARNACLE GOOSE (A) (winter only)
DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE (A) (£20)
PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE (A) (£50)
BLACK BRANT (A) (£50)
RED-BREASTED GOOSE (D) POA
COMMON SHELDUCK (A) (£15)