FOLLOW THAT GUIDE!

We know that many of you have favourite guides, whether it is for their infectious enthusiasm, personal care or sheer birding ability. To help you follow your favourite Heatherlea Guide, here’s our guide to (some of) the Guides! This list runs until early autumn 2018. If your holiday isn’t listed below, just call or email for details of your guide.

Please note; our Guides Rota is now agreed with everyone and firmly in place, though changes may occur, and we can’t absolutely guarantee the named Guide.

Ian Ford: Ian joined Heatherlea in 1999, and joins us again this year as a Senior Guide. Ever popular, Ian will once again be seen from Handa to Yellowstone, and his knowledge, humour, enthusiasm and concern for others shine through on our holidays.

Hogmanay Birding Festival 29 Dec
NEW! Jamaica 7 Jan, 14 Jan
Highland Winter Birding 17 Feb
Camargue 17 March
NEW! Ebro Delta in Spring 21 April
Outer Hebrides in Spring 5 May
Birding the Highlands in May 12 May
Islands on the Edge 9 June
Outer Limits in Summer 23 June
Ultimate Outer Hebrides 7 July
Yellowstone 26 July
Birdfair 17 Aug
 

Jonny Pott: Jonny joined Heatherlea in 2002, and has spent a lifetime working in his native area amongst wildlife and the outdoors. Jonny lives on local Kincardine Moor, and is full of tales of local history and birding lore. With his caring manner and endless enthusiasm, Jonny will be here from mountains to Mull to show you Scotland’s special wildlife.

Hogmanay Birding Festival 29 Dec
Short Breaks 27 Jan, 3 Feb,
Birding Bites 31 Jan, 7 Feb
Highland Winter Birding 17 Feb
Highlands & the East Coast 10 March
Spring into Scotland 14 April
Highlands & Skye 21 April
Birding the Highlands in May 12 May
High Season Across the Highlands 19 May
Highlands & Orkney 2 June
Highland Wildlife 30 June
Highlands & the West Coast in Summer 21 July
Short Breaks in Early Autumn 18 Aug, 22 Aug

Phil Knott: Phil joined us in 2011, and is a firm favourite at Heatherlea. A very experienced Scottish birder, Phil has been guiding around the Highlands and Islands for many years, and he has a vast knowledge of the wildlife, history and culture. Phil has been Warden of Handa Island, and has worked on Fair Isle, North Ronaldsay and mainland Orkney and Shetland.

Short Breaks 20 Jan, 27 Jan
Birding Bites 24 Jan, 31 Jan
NEW! Mull & Islay 3 March
Spring into Scotland 31 March, 7 April
Skyros 21 April
Wild Skye 30 April
Outer Hebrides in Spring 12 May
NEW! Arran & Ailsa Craig 26 May
Southern Hebrides 3 June
Inner Hebrides 22 June
Outer Hebrides & Shiants 30 June
Highlands & the West Coast in Summer 21 July
Orkney in High Summer 28 July
Birdfair 17 August
                                                                                                  

Toby Green: Toby is a very experienced Scottish birder, who joined us in 2013. A popular Leader in Scotland, Extremadura, Costa Rica, Fuerteventura and elsewhere, Toby is a top birder with a great sense of humour. We know you will enjoy birding with him!

New Year Birdlist Booster 6 Jan
NEW! Ultimate Costa Rica 20 Jan
Fuerteventura in Spring 9 March
NEW! Birders Blast 24 March, 28 March
Extremadura 15 April, 22 April
North Ronaldsay & Orkney in Spring 5 May
Estonia 14 May
Islands on the Edge 26 May
Highland Wildlife 30 June
Highlands & the West Coast in Summer 28 July
Birdfair 17 August
 

Dave Pullan: Dave is an exceptional birder with vast experience in Scotland and worldwide. He is responsible for many top sightings of rarities on Heatherlea holidays in Scotland. Dave will be leading the following trips in 2019.

Costa Rica - Classic 13 Jan
Fuerteventura in Spring 9 March
Extremadura 15 April, 22 April
Armenia 5 May
Outer Hebrides in Spring 19 May
Shetland Island Explorer 26 May
Shetland & Orkney 16 June
 

Rob Jordan: A keen birder and top photographer, Rob has settled right into our friendly guiding team here in Scotland. Rob will be guiding Heatherlea groups around Scotland and overseas during 2019.

Camargue 17 March
Spring into Scotland 7 April
Mallorca 21 April
Birding the Highlands in May 5 May
Mull, Iona & Treshnish Isles 15 May
High Season Across the Highlands 19 May
Highlands & Orkney 9 June
The Outer Limits in Summer 16 June
Eagles, Divers & Dotterel 7 July


Mark Warren: Mark joined us from North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory in January 2016, and has become a popular member of our team. Mark has previously worked for the RSPB in Cornwall and at Fair Isle Bird Observatory. He is a very experienced and dedicated birder, and many Heatherlea customers have already reaped the rewards!

New Year Birdlist Booster 6 Jan
Short Break 13 Jan
Birding Bites 17 Jan
Fuerteventura in Winter 26 Jan
Highland Winter Birding 24 Feb
NEW! Birders Blast 3 March, 7 March, 24 March, 28 March
Portugal 7 Apr
Highlands & Skye 21 Apr, 28 Apr
Shetland in Spring for birders 12 May
Fair Isle in Spring for birders 19 May
Orkney Island Explorer 2 June
St Kilda & the Hebrides 22 June
Eagles, Divers & Dotterel 14 July
Orkney in High Summer 21 July
Highlands & the Outer Hebrides 4 Aug, 11 Aug
NEW! Isle of Scilly for birders 5 Oct, 13 Oct
 

Scott O'Hara: Scott joined the Heatherlea team in 2015. He is an experienced guide with a background in ecology and environmental education. Scott is an enthusiastic and avid birder and general naturalist; but having grown up in Montrose, on the Scottish east coast, his real passion is for waders, wildfowl and seabirds.

Gambia 12 Jan
Fuerteventura in Winter 26 Jan
Highland Winter Birding 10 Feb, 24 Feb
Highlands & the East Coast 3 March
Highlands & the West Coast 17 March
Italy - Po Delta & Venice 7 April
North Ronaldsay & Orkney 28 April
Birding the Highlands in May 5 May
NEW! Orkney and the Flow Country 19 May
Outer Limits in Summer 23 June
Northwest Highlands 30 June
Highlands & the West Coast in Summer 28 July
 

John Picton: John joined our happy team in spring 2016, and will be guiding in Scotland in 2018. His relaxed style and easy manner make for enjoyable days in the field.  A good all round naturalist specialising in birds and mammals with a special interest in raptors and Pine Martens.

Short Breaks 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb
Birding Bites 17 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb
Highland Winter Birding 10 Feb
Highlands & the East Coast 10 March
Highlands & the West Coast 17 March
Spring into Scotland 31 March, 14 April
Highlands & Skye 28 April
Outer Hebrides in Spring 5 May, 19 May
Highlands & Orkney 2 June
Outer Limits in Summer 16 June
Eagles, Divers & Dotterel 7 July, 14 July
Highlands & the Outer Hebrides 11 Aug
Short Breaks in Early Autumn 18 Aug, 22 Aug
 

Gerard Gorman: Gerard is the Heatherlea organiser for Eastern Europe, and also leads for us in Cuba and Jamaica. An authority on the world’s woodpeckers, and author of several well-informed birding books, Lancastrian Gerard lives in Budapest.

NEW! Jamaica 7 Jan, 14 Jan
NEW! Uganda 12 Feb
Croatia 7 April
NEW! Belarus 5 May
 

Pete Cosgrove: A professional eco-consultant, of all our locally based guides Pete is the one who is most likely to be spreading the news about rarities! Pete has a passion for birding everywhere, particularly in tropical climes, with a real love for the Americas. Pete has been busy developing original and exciting tours across the United States and you can join him in Brazil and Finland in 2018.

Trinidad, Tobago & St Luica 23 April
Finland 28 May
NEW! Brazil - the Pantanal 12 July

Cristian Jensen: Cristian was born in Málaga but grew up in Barcelona. He has been an enthusiastic birder since he was 12 years old and has been bird watching all over Spain (including the islands) and half of Europe. Relaxed and very capable, Cristian is a first-rate Heatherlea leader with up to the minute knowledge.

Birding & Lynx 5 Jan
Morocco 18 March
Pyrenees & Ebro Delta 12 June
Picos- Birding & Bears 1 Sept

 

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