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 to the end of 2017. 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.

Highlands & Skye 29 April
Outer Hebrides in Spring 6 May
Islands on the Edge 10 June
Outer Hebrides and the Shiant Isles 1 July
Eagles, Divers & Dotterel 8 July
NEW! Highlands & West Coast 22 July
Yelleclipse I 10 Aug
Spain - Andalucia 6 Sept
The Outer Limits Adventure 16 Sept
Outer Hebrides for Birders 7 Oct
NEW! Highland Autumn Birding 28 Oct
Hogmanay Birding Festival 29 Dec

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.

Highlands & Skye 29 April
Birding the Highlands in May 6 May
Outer Limits in Summer 24 June
Highland Wildlife 1 July 
Short Break in Early Autumn 19 Aug
Birding Bites in Early Autumn 23 Aug
NEW! Raptors & Grouse 16 Sept
The Outer Limits Adventure  30 Sept
NEW! Highlands in Skye in Autumn 14 Oct
Hogmanay Birding Festival 29 Dec

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.

Skyros 22 April
NEW! Wild Skye 1 May
Outer Hebrides in Spring 13 May
Orkney Island Explorer 3 June
Inner Hebrides 23 June
NEW! North-West Highlands 1 July
Orkney in High Summer 29 July
Birdfair 19 August
Spain: Picos 1 Sept 
Bulgaria 9 Sept
Shetland for Birders 23 Sept
NEW! Highlands & Skye in Autumn 7 Oct
NEW! Highland Autumn Birding 21 Oct
Short Breaks in Autumn 4 Nov
Birding Bites in Autumn 8 Nov
Solway Firth 12 Nov                                                                                                            

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

Spring into Scotland 15 April
Shetland for Birders 13 May
Fair Isle in Spring 20 May
Southern Hebrides 4 June
Highland Wildlife 1 July
Ultimate Hebrides 8 July
Highlands & West Coast 29 July
Birdfair 19 Aug
Short Breaks in Early Autumn 26 Aug

Birding Bites in Early Autumn 30 Aug
Autumn Migration & Scottish Specials 2 Sept
North Ronaldsay & Orkney 16 Sept
Shetland for Birders 29 Sept
Outer Hebrides for Birders 7 Oct
Coll & Tiree 15 Oct
NEW! Birding the East Coast in Autumn 4 Nov
Goa 19 Nov

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 2017.

Trinidad, Tobago & St Lucia 24 April
Shetland & Orkney 17 June
Specials & Migration featuring The Burma Bank 26 Aug
Outer Hebrides for Birders in Early Autumn 2 Sep
Shetland for Birders 29 Sept
Fair Isle for Birders 6 Oct
Islay & Jura 21 Oct
India: Birds, Tigers & Taj Mahal 4 Dec

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 2017.

Mallorca 22 April
Birding the Highlands 6 May
Mull, Iona and Treshnish 16 May
High Season Across the Highlands 20 May
Highlands and Orkney 3 June
Autumn Migration & Scottish Specials 2 Sept
The Outer Limits Adventure 30 Sept
NEW! Highlands & Skye in Autumn 7 Oct

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!

Spring into Scotland 15 April
Highlands & Skye 22 April
North Ronaldsay & Orkney 29 April, 6 May
Outer Hebrides in Spring 13 May
Shetland Island Explorer 27 May
Highlands & Orkney 10 June
Orkney Island Explorer 17 June
Outer Limits in Summer 24 June
St Kilda & the Hebrides 14 July
Highlands & Uists 5 Aug
Birdfair 19 Aug
NEW! North Ronaldsay & Orkney in Early Autumn 26 Aug
NEW! Raptors & Grouse 9 Sept
The Outer Limits Adventure 23 Sept
NEW! Unexplored Orkney in Autumn 30 Sept
NEW! Scillies for Birders 14 Oct
Short Breaks in Autumn 11 Nov
Birding Bites in Autumn 15 Nov

Scott O'Hara: Scott joined the Heatherlea team in 2015. He is an experienced guide with a background in ecology and Envirinmental 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.

Skyros 22 April, 29 April
Birding the Highlands in May 13 May
High Season Across the Highlands 27 May
Highlands & Orkney 3 June
NEW! 25 Scottish Specials 17 June
Summer in the Far North & Flow Country 24 June
Eagles, Divers & Dotterel 15 July
Highlands & Uists 5 Aug, 12 Aug
Autumn Migration & Scottish Specials 9 Sept

North Ronaldsay & Orkney 23 Sept
NEW! Highlands & Skye in Autumn 14 Oct
Short Breaks in Autumn 4 Nov, 11 Nov
Birding Bites in Autumn 8 Nov, 15 Nov

John Picton: John joined our happy team in spring 2016, and will be guiding in Scotland and Mallorca in 2017. 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.

Highlands & Skye 22 April
Outer Hebrides in Spring 6 May
Birding the Highlands in May 13 May
High Season Across the Highlands 27 May
Outer Limits in Summer 17 June
Summer in the Far North & Flow Country 24 June
Eagles, Divers & Dotterel 8 July
Highlands & West Coast 29 July
Highlands & Uists 5 Aug, 12 Aug
Short Breaks in Early Autumn 19 Aug
Birding Bites in Early Autumn 23 Aug

The Outer Limits Adventure 23 Sept
NEW! Highland Autumn Birding 21 Oct, 28 Oct

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.

Croatia 8 April
Hungary in Spring 7 May
Austria 14 June
Hungary in Autumn 2 Oct

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 Armenia and Yellowstone in 2017.

Armenia 6 May
Yelleclipse II 10 August

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 and Lynx 5 Jan
Morocco 21 March FULL - now booking for 2018
Pyrenees, Steppes and Ebro 10 June
Picos birding and bears 1 Sep

Josele Saiz: Expert birder Josele has worked with Heatherlea for many years in Spain and Morocco. Great fun to be with, very friendly and above all an extremely impressive birding expert, we are delighted to have Josele in our team.
Andalucia 9 Sept
 

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