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Welcome to Birdfinders, one of Britain's most successful birdwatching holiday companies: run by birders for birders. We've been in business since 1993 and have been growing and adding to our birdwatching tours list every year since. We offer exceptional value birdwatching holidays to locations around the world, so stop wishing, start packing!

THE GAMBIA

The dates of this year's tour to The Gambia have changed. Join us in this superb bird-filled country October 31st– November 14th 2014



Birdfinders was founded by Vaughan Ashby in 1993 and has been growing ever since. Recent years have seen amazing growth despite the world economic downturn. We run excellent value and well priced tours to locations around the world and get a lot of repeat business from satisfied customers as well as new customers joining us after they discover what good value Birdfinders is and how good and bird-filled our tours are.

With Birdfinders you get:

At Birdfinders we cater to all levels of ability and enthusiasm is more important than knowledge as our experienced leaders are always on hand to assist. Although all of our birdwatching holidays and birdwatching tours are designed specifically for finding birds, we stop wherever possible for other forms of wildlife and previous tour participants have been able to combine birds with their interests in mammals, butterflies, plants, insects etc. Furthermore, whilst the very nature of birdwatching dictates some early-morning starts to ensure that we see as many species as possible, we can frequently arrange for participants to take time off to relax or sightsee, providing that does not conflict with the itinerary of the tour.

All participants in Birdfinders tours will receive, in advance of the tour, a copy of a previous tour report (where available) or, a few weeks after returning, a copy of the current tour report (if a new tour). To keep costs down tour reports are not originated every year. However, currently we have nearly 200 tour reports, in pdf format, available on our website. We also have a list of photos from our tours – now over 5000 images!

Participants also receive in advance a blank daily bird checklist for the tour, together with an information letter detailing helpful advice such as health requirements, what to bring, recommended reading, etc. At the end of each tour, a feedback form is provided so that tours can constantly be improved.

We can also arrange customised tours to selected countries. See our Custom Tours page or contact us. Also, keep an eye on our Future Tours page to see where we're planning on going to next.

Birdfinders is pleased to announce that we now offer you the option of paying by debit or credit card over the phone. There is a 2% surcharge for using a credit card (cost to us) but no charge for using a debit card.

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our tours in the near future.

Vaughan and Svetlana Ashby and the Birdfinders team

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Birdfinders is now a Corporate Member of OSME: the Ornithological Society of the Middle East. Nine of our tours visit countries in the OSME region: Egypt, Israel in Spring, Israel in Autumn, Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, UAE, Kuwait and Uzbekistan. Join Birdfinders on one of our bird-filled tours in this exciting region.

Birdfinders is pleased to be a Corporate Sponsor of the African Bird Club. Birdfinders runs eight tours to the African continent plus to islands off the African coast: Maderia, The Canaries and Cape Verde Islands. Join Birdfinders on one of our superb trips to this amazing continent.

NEW OFFICE MANAGER AND OFFICE HOURS

Anna Vincent, our previous office manager has now moved on to help her husband in his garage business and we are pleased to welcome Jo Nash her replacement. Jo will be available for longer hours in our office as the workload has increased as we offer more and more exciting new tours. Whilst Sveta and I will be pleased to answer your calls 7 days a week from 08.00 to 20.00 when we are in the UK, Jo will be in the office every weekday from 09.00 to 13.00.

AIR FARES AND DEPOSIT INCREASES

You will notice from our recent brochure and website update that the amount of deposit required on most tours has increased. We are very sorry to have had to do this but air fares have increased by an average of 22% already this year and in a few unfortunate cases, where participants have had to cancel for various reasons, we have been unable to get any refunds on air fares and have lost a considerable amount of money. Although flight tickets are mostly non refundable, airlines previously had a statutory duty to refund taxes and whilst they still do so, they now usually charge an administrative fee often equal to the tax refund. Previously, our deposits were set at the approximate flight cost minus the taxes but as we are now unable to get any money back from taxes, we have had to set the deposit level to one that approximates the total flight cost. Unlike some companies, Birdfinders still includes flights in ALL of its prices so you are not left trying to find flights within budget and you are fully covered by our ATOL bonding which is not the case if you book a tour excluding flights. Check our fully inclusive prices against the cost of ground arrangements AND flight costs offered by some other companies and you will see that we are extremely competitive!

WHAT'S IN THE SLIDESHOW?

Click here for the species in our slideshow


ATOL PROTECTION

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate


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Help save the critically endangered Jankowski's Bunting – donate here. Birdfinders will be donating £5 for every client booked on any of our China tours in 2013 and future years.


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Birdfinders and our clients have now contributed almost £33000 to the World Land Trust for environmental projects. This money has gone towards the preservation of species like the Jocotoco Antpitta in Ecuador. Further examples of the kind of projects we are helping with can be found on the World Land Trust website carbonbalanced.org. A huge thank you to all our clients and leaders for helping with these projects and we will continue to keep up the good work. Click here for an example of how this money has helped Colombia's Chocó Rainforest. Click here for the cost of helping to support this important work. Click here to view our latest certificate presented to us by the World Land Trust.

We are pleased to say that Birdfinders office now produces its own electricity as part of our drive to become carbon neutral. Over the years, we have gradually ensured that we use less of the Earth's valuable resources by recycling paper, cardboard, glass, metals, polythene, plastic, batteries and printer cartridges, introducing low-energy light bulbs and dual flush toilets, changing appliances to those that are 'A' rated with the lowest energy consumption, renewing double glazing to the highest rated, increasing loft insulation and catching 1500 litres of rainwater to water our gardens. Now we have added 16 photovoltaic panels to our roof to produce up to 4kw of electricity per hour. During the first week of operation in rather mixed weather conditions with few prolonged periods of sunshine, we produced an amazing 111.8kw of electricity compared with our normal usage over this period of 77kw of electricity means that we have returned 34.8kw of electricity to the National Grid! Of course, during the winter months we will produce less and use more electricity so we are not claiming to be carbon neutral but we are doing our best to get there. We will be investigating installing a wind turbine next!