Verdant Wildlife | Bird and Wildlife Tours

  • Yorkshire bird watching trip to Potteric Carr and Blacktoft Sands

    On Tuesday we managed to beat the wintry weather and get out into Yorkshire for some bird watching. The weather was kind to us, snow on the ground but the sun was shining and we had a great day's birding at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Potteric Carr and RSPB Blacktoft Sands. But don't take my word for it, Christine was on the trip and here is her account of the day. Andrew Christine says... After all the recent snow and ice, we couldn’t believe our luck as we set off on our trip in bright sunshine and blue skies.  Just a lingering mist... read more

  • Recommended Bird and Mammal Field Guides

    One of the questions I get asked the most is "What field guide would you recommend?" so I have decided to list my favourites below.  Every item on the list has been owned, tried, used, abused and tested by me at some point and the thoughts and comments are mine not Amazon's. Before buying any field guide I would suggest getting hold of a copy and having a look through to see if it suits you and what you want it for. The links below are for Amazon Affiliates, which means that if you buy through this link Verdant gets... read more

  • Many swans a swimming...

    A cold, clear start this morning, frost on the ground, some mist hanging in the air. Perfect for birdwatching. Three more Verdanters cashing in the Verdant Gift Vouchers they got for Christmas all eagerly piled into the car, chatting away excitedly as we headed for our first destination of the day, Clumber Park. We got off to a good start with several duck species including the mandarin ducks who can often be seen at this time of year near the bridge upstream of the lake. Woodland species were added to the list with a walk through Clumber's beautiful woods, then back... read more

  • Fallow Deer and Owls

    Sunday saw the first North Nottinghamshire Wildlife Safari of 2013 with Kim and Rachel. We met at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor and before we'd even said our hellos a mistle thrush flew over calling noisily. We headed straight off to the nearby Daneshill Lakes where the sunlight glinted off the water as we scanned our binoculars across the lake - mallard, shoveler, coot, goosander, Canada goose and mute swan were soon spotted, along with a few odd looking cross-breed ducks. We also listened to a few bird songs and calls as the birds were clearly enjoying the sunshine... read more

  • A Flying Start to the Birding Year

    Wednesday’s tour was the first one of 2013 and gave a couple of Verdant’s regulars a chance to get their birding year list off to a flying start with some speed birding around North Nottinghamshire. Although the day started wet, this didn’t dampen our spirits and we ticked off wood pigeon, jackdaw, blackbird, robin and collared dove before we even left the car park in Edwinstowe.  First stop was Vicar Water in order to spot some of the more common woodland and water birds, but as we arrived the rain got heavier. Fortunately the resident water birds were still present... read more

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