Autumn Tours - 2017
This is a very exciting time for bird watching in Norfolk. Migration gets under way in August and carries on all
through the autumn into early November. A large number of birds pass through the region on their way to their
wintering grounds further south. Significant numbers of other species, particularly waders and wildfowl,
congregate here to spend the winter. There is always a wide variety of different birds to see and different
places to explore.
Our featured tours for Autumn 2017 are as follows:
- Early Autumn 3 Day Tour - September 8th-10th 2017
- Autumn 3 Day Tour - September 22nd-24th 2017
- Autumn 4 Day Tour - October 12th-15th 2017
- Late Autumn 3 Day Tour - November 3rd-5th 2017
As usual, a wide variety of additional dates are available, both for group tours and private
customised days. Group tours will operate on most weekends through the autumn, and additional single weekday
tours may also be available, subject to availability and demand. We also offer the flexibility to pick only a
single day, or choose shorter weekend or weekday breaks from within the longer tours. Please check the
and contact us for more details.
Waders usually take the stage first with Curlew Sandpipers and Little Stints,
plus the odd rarity. In previous years, participants on Bird ID Company tours have seen exciting species such as
White-rumped, Pectoral & Buff-breasted Sandpipers visiting
from America. A variety of waders can be seen right through the Autumn, but specialised Wader Tours will operate
in August and Wader Spectacular Tours to see the huge flocks of birds gathering on the Wash will run on suitable
dates throughout the season. For more details on these tours, please see the separate Wader Tours page
Early in the season, in late August or through September, is the best time for drift migrants from Scandinavia.
If the wind comes from the east, particularly with rain or mist, large falls of songbirds can occur.
Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers and Wheatears often make up the
common component, along with scarcer birds such as Wrynecks, Icterine Warblers,
Red-backed Shrikes and Greenish Warblers from the near continent.
From mid-September, regular visitors from the far-east can include Yellow-browed Warbler and as
we get into October Pallas's Warblers are often seen. This is the most exciting time of year
for Siberian vagrants. In previous years, rarities seen on these tours have included Red-flanked Bluetail,
Richard's and Olive-backed Pipit, Radde's,
Dusky, Barred, Western Bonelli's and
Hume's Warblers, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Long-eared Owl and
Great Grey and Isabelline Shrikes.
If the wind blows from the north-west, Seabirds take centre stage with large numbers of Shearwaters,
Skuas, Gannets and Auks all possible. These can include scarcer
species such as Long-tailed Skua, Sooty Shearwater, Leach's Petrel
and Sabine's Gull, amongst the literally thousands of Gannets and
Kittiwakes which may be flooding past offshore. Later in the autumn, Little
Auks and Grey Phalaropes are both possibilities, blown inshore on strong
As the Autumn wears on the geese return to Norfolk to over winter, including roughly a third of the world's
population of Pink-footed Geese. Other species of geese can also be found, along with a variety
of wintering wildfowl and waders. It is a real spectacle to witness the huge flocks of birds arriving from the
Isabelline Shrike – Norfolk, October 2015 ©The Bird ID Company
Tour Details & Prices
The Four Day Tours run from Thursday morning through to late Sunday afternoon with accommodation
from the Wednesday evening. This includes 4 nights B&B accommodation, all transport during tour days to and
from your base, guiding and packed lunches.
The Three Day Tours run from Friday morning through to late Sunday afternoon with accommodation
from Thursday evening. This includes 3 nights B&B accommodation, all transport during tour days to and from
your base, guiding and packed lunches.
Our tours are designed to be as flexible as possible. It may be possible to book any of the dates advertised as a
Day Tour, or a shorter Weekend Tour, depending on availability.
Our basic prices are detailed below.
£50 per person per day
includes all guiding and transport on the day from a convenient meeting point.
|2 Days / Weekend
from £200 per person
includes 2 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
from £290 per person
includes 3 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
from £380 per person
includes 4 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
|5 Day tour
from £470 per person
includes 5 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
As all accommodation is booked to order, final pricing will depend on the availability of rooms at the
time of booking, and a single supplement may be payable. All tours are also available without
accommodation, and it is very easy to add extra nights if required. Please contact us for a quotation.
Prices are based on a minimum of two customers booked per tour. If there is only a single customer booked,
pricing may have to vary by negotiation.
We typically base these tours in Wells, well placed to explore the north coast of Norfolk and with many local
shops and restaurants. We generally use a couple of small friendly Bed & Breakfasts. However, we can arrange
alternative accommodation to suit your requirements and budget, if required.
To book a tour please select your preferred date from the tours on these pages or the
It is advisable then to contact us first to discuss availability. You will then be required to return a
completed booking form to us at the address shown. For guidance please refer to the booking page.
Additional Tour Dates
In addition to the featured tours detailed above, the following dates are also available for our Autumn Tours:
||18th – 20th
||25th – 27th
||1st – 3rd
||8th – 10th
||15th – 17th
||22nd – 24th
||12th – 15th
||20th – 22nd
||3rd – 5th
Additional single weekday tours may also be available subject to demand. Please check the
and contact us for more details.