Pete Cosgrove

Pete completed his PhD in ornithology at Aberdeen University in 1995, where his passion for finding and seeing rare birds began. He has been a guide with Heatherlea for nearly 20 years and started by leading trips to the Northern Isles before branching out oversees to specialise in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Pete is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the practice of Ecology and Environmental Management. In 2014 Pete was awarded the RSPB’s 2014 Nature of Scotland Species Champion Award for his conservation and research work on the endangered freshwater pearl mussel under the auspices of a project entitled ‘Mollusc of the Glen’!

In recent years, Pete has written and published important conservation research papers on relatively poorly known priority bird species such as golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, whimbrel, Grenada dove and West African royal tern and he is currently working on a long-term project on red-throated divers in Shetland.

Pete absolutely loves sharing his knowledge of birds and being a Heatherlea guide, and will be leading for us in Africa and the americas as well as Europe. When not birding Pete likes hill-walking, hill loch fishing, malt whisky and music. He has a particular love of the Cairngorms and was very pleased in 2018 to discover a new breeding bird for the national park, Black Redstart, which he came across by chance whilst hill-walking.

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  • NEW! Kenya - Masai Mara Short Break

    £2995 pp, £195 single supplement. Deposit £800

    A memorable visit to one of the world's premier wildlife destinations

  • NEW! Kenyan Ultimate Birding Tour

    NEW! Kenyan Ultimate Birding Tour

    • 01 Dec - 17 Dec 2019

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    A Massive birdlist including many East African endemics

  • Kenya - Birding the Rift Valley

    Kenya - Birding the Rift Valley

    • 02 Feb - 11 Feb 2020

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    An exciting holiday focused on birding with big game too!

  • Costa Rica Birding Tour

    Costa Rica Birding Tour

    • 04 Apr - 19 Apr 2020

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    '400+ Birding' in one of the best birding destinations in the World!

  • NEW! Arizona and Grand Canyon

    NEW! Arizona and Grand Canyon

    • 28 Apr - 12 May 2020

    £5295 pp, £695 single supplement. Deposit £1200

    Fantastic spring birding across the Grand Canyon state!

  • Belarus

    Belarus

    • 02 May - 09 May 2020

    £2395 pp, £195 single supplement. Deposit £500

    Exciting eastern birding in the marshes and forests of 'White Russia'

  •  Estonia

    Estonia

    • 11 May - 18 May 2020

    £2095 pp, £165 single supplement. Deposit £300

    A Baltic Birding Bonanza, superb Eastern breeding birds and thousands of Northern migrants!

  • NEW! Kenya and Tanzania

    NEW! Kenya and Tanzania

    • 07 Jun - 19 Jun 2020

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    Wonderful East African birding and wildlife

  • Brazil - The Pantanal

    Brazil - The Pantanal

    • 11 Jul - 23 Jul 2020

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    Superb birding and mammals in the heart of Brazil

  • NEW! Kenya - Masai Mara Short Break

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    A memorable visit to one of the world's premier wildlife destinations

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