About Our Tours
The Bird ID Company offers a wide variety of guided birdwatching day tours and longer birding holidays,
to see birds and other wildlife across Norfolk and beyond.
Tours run regularly, with several dates available most weeks right through the year. The destinations and the
sort of birds we might see vary and a guide to our tours by season is shown below:
Spring – Early spring
for Goshawks, Hawfinches and other forest birds run from February to early April. Then
take over as migration starts in earnest from mid-April to the end of May.
Summer - Our
looking for some of our rarer breeding species, including Montagu’s Harrier, Spoonbill, Dartford Warbler
and Stone Curlew, run through June and July. In August, the focus switches to our
Autumn - Autumn migration is one of the most exciting times of the year, with flocks
of birds arriving from the continent, sometimes bringing rarer visitors with them. Our
operate from late August to early November.
Winter - Our
operate from mid-November until the end of February, to see flocks of wintering wildfowl and waders,
birds of prey and owls, Shore Larks and Snow Buntings. We also offer specialised
in January and February.
For more details on particular tours, please refer to the individual tour pages.
All our tours are designed to be as flexible as possible. Scheduled group tours range from one day trips to
five day birdwatching holidays. However, we also offer the option to pick only a specific day, or choose
shorter weekend or weekday breaks from within the longer tours, subject to availability. Customised private
birdwatching tours are also available at any time of the year, for individuals or groups, which can be tailored
specifically to your individual requirements (see
Our longer tours are available with accommodation, so we can save you the hassle of finding you somewhere
convenient to stay. However it is also possible to book any tour without accommodation, if you would prefer to
arrange your own. Where required, accommodation is booked to order, so you can choose the number of nights you
wish to stay. We generally use small local B&Bs, but alternative accommodation can be arranged to suit your
personal needs and budget.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
We cater for all abilities, from complete beginners who are interested in a general selection of birds to more
experienced birdwatchers who may be targeting certain species. With our small group sizes, up to a maximum of
only six participants, everyone can be assured of a better experience. Particularly with our focus on making
sure you get more out of your birdwatching, we believe it is important that every member of the group has the
greatest opportunity both to observe the birds closely and ask questions of your guide.
With children of our own, we understand their particular requirements. We generally advise that scheduled group
day tours may not suitable for participants under 16 years or age. A customised day tour may be a better option
for older children. Please call us to discuss in more detail if you would like to arrange a tour with your children.
The Birding Day
The entire day is devoted to watching the superb wildlife that Norfolk attracts, and helping you to learn various
aspects of bird identification. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss what has been seen and ask
questions. We normally see around 60-100 species of bird during a day depending on the location and time of year.
We often encounter a scarce or rare bird, which always adds to the excitement on the day.
We meet at 8.30-9.00am on the day, depending on the tour, either at your accommodation or a convenient meeting
point. We might visit several different sites and all transport during the day is provided. We normally finish
at around 4.00-5.00pm, depending on the time of year, and you will be dropped back at your starting point at
the end of the day.
The tour takes place at a relaxed and comfortable walking pace, and we stop regularly to look at birds we see
on the way. We might walk between 2 - 6 miles in total during a day, although this is not all in one go. The
day is usually broken up into a series of smaller, gentle walks, with a break for lunch. Please contact us
beforehand if you have any mobility issues and we can discuss the suitability of any tour.
Please bring binoculars with you (if you don’t have any, it may be possible to borrow a pair). Your guide
will have a telescope available for the group to share, but you are welcome to bring yours as well if you have
one. There will also be lots of opportunities to take photographs, if you would like to bring a camera.
It is important that clients wear appropriate clothing and footwear, given the time of year and the weather
conditions on the day. We go out in most weather, as it is still possible to see birds – they do not have
the option of a day off! Also please note that you will need to bring any food and drink required for the
day unless otherwise stated (a packed lunch is usually provided for longer tours, where accommodation has
been booked as well).
For information on how to book a tour, please visit our
or contact us if you have any questions.