Champions of the Flyway!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

School of Birding - third class dismissed!

Our third School of Birding took place in April, once again based at the Grant Arms Hotel in the heart of the Highlands, and it was once again a great success. 

"The whole experience was fabulous!" Celia & Peter Hawe
"A fantastic week with two amazing instructors who complement each other very well. This was much more than a guided trip. I left the course with a new appreciation of the links between habitat, wildlife, and how we should approach nature" Andrew MacGarvey
We had a fantastic, fully engaged, very good humoured, eager and lovable school of ten clients/students/guests on the team, and Simon and I absolutely loved delivering our sessions, both indoor and outdoor, and the team really connected with the us, the course and each other - a dream of a week!
"Simon and Mark proved to be not just an excellent team of teachers but also great organisers and, perhaps the most difficult, completely in tune with and aware of the different needs of their guests. I've always believed that patience is the first requirement of a good teacher and their patience was exemplary. As a teacher myself, I know that good teaching doesn't just happen on its own but requires a great deal of planning and hard work in advance. This team had done the groundwork!" Donald Smith
We had pretty much the full spectrum of weather conditions, but stayed mostly dry and had several days of (whisper it) sunshine, and were even warm for extended periods! Birding highlights were many, as you would hope for the place and time of year, but included:
Excellent views of Golden and White-tailed Eagles; multiple Goshawks, including close-up fly-bys; breeding Black-throated Divers; accommodating Crossbills, Red Squirrels, seaducks, Ospreys, summer plumage waders, displaying Goldeneyes and much, much more besides. 

"For me, the extremely well thought out and carefully planned School of Birding was all embracing, inclusive, well managed in every aspect and lots of fun. It exceeded my expectations, and without question was a credit to both of you guys" Robin Arbenz
Thanks to our brilliant clients, and also to our supporters, Zeiss - the range of optics available for our team to use (and purchase at significant discounts!) is much appreciated!
"It was an excellent experience and I learned a lot. It was brilliant to be amongst a group of people (young and old) who were enthusiastic about nature and birds. We were so lucky to be led by two great guys who shared our enthusiasm and really knew their stuff" Katherine Kirk

Places are now available on our February and April 2025 courses - See HERE!