Do it the Heatherlea way!


 Our overseas holidays are planned with care to offer great birding and wildlife, led by capable Leaders who really look after you. Every holiday is run the ‘Heatherlea Way’, offering rewarding and exciting days in the field, and good quality accommodation and meals, with a real flavour of the country we are visiting. Most holidays include at least an element of local guiding, and we always seek to include the personal touches that make all the difference.

Heatherlea holidays are not ‘dawn to dusk’ expeditions. Our less-intensive approach is ideal for those who want to relax whilst enjoying excellent wildlife watching, and wherever possible we organise early or late activity on an optional basis. We also take sensible breaks when in very hot places and regular comfort breaks on every holiday whenever possible. All itineraries are planned carefully around the best wildlife opportunities, and our relaxed, informal holidays are great fun.


Andalucia, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Camargue, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Fuerteventura, Holland and Flanders by train, Hungary in autumn, Iceland in summer or winter, Italy – Po Delta and Venice, Mallorca, Portugal, Skyros, Picos: Birds & Bears, Spain – birding and Lynx, Spain - Extremadura, Spanish Pyrenees to Ebro Delta,  Spitsbergen,

   Belize, Brazil (Pantanal), Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Peru - Birding & Machu Picchu, Trinidad, Tobago and St Lucia, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Uganda

Rest of the world
Gambia, Goa, India, Morocco, Nepal, Tasmania & SE Australia


The really important part of any wildlife holiday is the experience for you, our valued customer, and  Heatherlea invest in many things to help you get the best;

* We have been organising birding and wildlife holidays for over 26 years, and have a highly experienced and capable office team. We also offer a telephone and email service outside normal office hours. Heatherlea is your complete wildlife holiday provider, and our team can organise all your pre-flight and other travel needs. Our specialists will help you book the right services, at the best price, and indeed often our holidays include things which others might invite you to pay yourself, for instance Departure Taxes and tips to hotels.

* On many holidays we include content which might not seem important before you book, but will make a difference when you arrive – examples include an invaluable three day waterbus pass in Venice, taverna lunches in Lesvos and Skyros, restricted group size on Lynx holidays, and many more. A ‘feel’ of the country we are visiting is an important part of our holidays. This may mean a quick visit to the city of Havana in Cuba, or tea at a Saharan community in Morocco. We don’t lose birding time, just offer a little extra so you can enjoy a rounded holiday experience.

* Heatherlea overseas holidays have a maximum of 12 clients per trip, putting the emphasis on personal service, and helping you get the best possible experience.

* Low initial deposit secures your holiday for most destinations. A full payment schedule will be sent to you with your confirmation of booking.

Some recent feedback .....
‘Having just returned from Skyros, we want to register the enormous pleasure the whole trip has given us. We are really lost for strong enough superlatives to effectively express all the positives. We have to compliment Heatherlea for creating and conducting a package that ticked all the boxes we hoped for and added some that we didn't even know we wanted to tick - but are now very happy to report on! The balance was superb! The birding was just magic! The trip felt as though it had lasted for more than the official period because so much solid content was provided from end to end - but we were still very reluctant to return home! You can be sure that we will be very seriously considering a repeat booking for next year. This is one of those exceptional situations where a 100% score is not enough - if it made any sense we would award 200% at least!!’        Mr and Mrs DB, Northumberland, April 2013

‘Thank you for the wonderful holiday in the Po Delta and Venice. Brilliant birds, food, culture and really great company. Birdwatching and Culture is the way forwards Kevin, it was like having two holidays. We both enjoyed Venice with its wonderful architecture, waterways and ice cream. The Vivaldi concert was very enjoyable, loved it! Once again many, many thanks for that Special Heatherlea Magic.’ Mr and Mrs DA, Lincs, April 2013
‘A note to say how much we enjoyed the Morocco Birding Holiday. The Birds were excellent. Cristian was an excellent leader, with endless patience. The variety of habitats and surroundings, with an insight into the different cultures gave added interest. The range of Hotels, from high class to basic were all enjoyable. All in all an excellent holiday. Thanks so much.’   Mr and Mrs TA, Northants, March 2013
'We would just like to say thank you so much for the extra effort you put in to book us onto an earlier flight on Sat 13 April. We had a fantastic time in Italy. The Po Delta was superb, with lots of new species for us, and Venice was a wonderful contrast. Menotti, the local Italian bird guide, was brilliant and very knowledgeable. Needless to say, Kevin was not only the perfect guide but he was also good company. We would also like to say how much we appreciated Kevin getting up early on the departure day to see us off on the boat to the airport. These personal touches make Heatherlea an outstanding birding company. We would definitely travel with Heatherlea again and will recommend your company to other people.' Mr and Mrs RO, Norfolk, April 2013





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The Mountview Hotel, Nethybridge,
PH25 3EB Scotland

T: 01479 821248