Wildflowers & Walking. Rural Sicily 12-19 October 2021

Wildlife Holiday SicilyWildflowers & Walking SicilyWe return to rural Sicily on the edge of the Madonie National Park. With its gently rolling hills, ancient woods, open moors with shepherds’ huts and mountain streams the scenery is quite stunning. Within the Park are pretty villages that have been influenced by the Saracens and the Greeks. There are lots of good walking trails to be explored and we should still see lots of colourful wildflowers and autumn bulbs. We are based not far from the medieval town of Castelbuono in a family owned property that is surrounded by orange and lemon groves. Sicily is a gastronomist’s paradise and our hotel grows its own vegetables and fruit and make their own pasta, olive oil and wine. We will also have a day at the coast at Cefalu.

£1,600 (approx.) Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £tbc

From Stansted

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North West Norfolk’s Ancient Landscapes 25–30 October 2021

Following the success of our 2020 trip to North Norfolk we have decided to move further west to explore the Wash, the Fens, the heaths and the coast. Our walks will take us across ancient heathland, along historic tracks and beside some of the most spectacular geology in Britain. We will visit a 12th century castle, a royal railway station and all the time have spectacular views. We are based in a comfortable hotel not far from Kings Lynn.

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Non residential available so you can join us for just 1 or 2 days if you like.

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Wildflowers & Walking. The Azores November 2021

Wildflowers and Walking AzoresAlmost half-way between Portugal and Cape Cod is the most extraordinary and beautiful group of islands. Years ago, they were the ‘halfway house’ for the first transatlantic cables and are now a popular resting place for transatlantic sailors. We will visit hot springs, fumaroles, calderas, small meadows and see some rather amazing little vineyards. We will visit 3 islands – Pico (Portugal’s highest mountain), San Miguel and Faial and we return to the delightful Terra Nostra Hotel surrounded by exotic gardens and a natural swimming pool with hot water. We should see many exotic plants during our walks.

£2000 (approx.) Half Board based on sharing twin room – 9 days.
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From Heathrow

Photograph courtesy : José Luís Ávila Silveira/Pedro Noronha e Costa
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Wildlife & Walking in the Anti Atlas Mountains, Morocco. 15–22 March 2022

Wildlife Holiday Morocco 2019Morocco FoodOur hotel is in a wonderfully peaceful spot on the edge of a Berber village not far from an ancient camel trail to the Sahara. The delightful gardens are full of birds such as Moussier’s redstart and colourful butterflies. During our leisurely walks we come across some interesting wildlife and geology as well as a range of flowers including endemic lavenders, Periploca, spring bulbs such as tiny blue iris, large parasitic plants and the Argan tree. We visit Oued Massa lagoon – a small wetland on the Atlantic coast perfect for waders, birds of prey and perhaps flamingo and the rare (but ugly) bald ibis. We also visit the lighthouse at dramatic Cap Rhir. Our hotel is founded on strong environmental principles and offers delicious traditional style food with a French influence.

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Walking and Wildlife Holidays

We have made a donation to Norfolk Wildlife Trust to help them with the purchase of an extension to the wonderfully varied Thompson Common Nature Reserve. This is one of Norfolk’s many biodiversity hotspots. Richard remembers that when the first part of the site was bought the Trust had to purchase the hundred unruly miniature Shetland ponies that lived there!

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