Our main assets are our five professional bird guides. Paul Willoughby, Andrew Woodall, Roger Barnes, Phil Palmer and John McLoughlin will, between them, lead all of our holidays. By keeping the total number of principal leaders to just five, we are able to maintain a ‘house style’ - relaxed but professional; experienced in birding and tour management, but most importantly, ensuring the holiday is a fun experience for all. Our regular clients know that the style of holiday will be quite similar, irrespective of who is guiding them. It should also be mentioned that your leader will always be in the same hotel as you and will be there to cope with any little emergencies, 24 hours a day.
All our tours have been thoroughly researched, not only for bird sites but also to find the most suitable hotels. This is normally done by a Bird Holidays leader, but on rare occasions by our local guide. Most of our tours have been tried, tested and perfected over a number of years.
We also have full public liability insurance for all our tour leaders.
Whilst we continue to grow, we think it is important to retain the personal touch that only a small company can offer. We therefore have no plans to expand the number of principal leaders. All five are full time, so your point of contact in our office is the actual person who will lead the tour.
The Bird Holidays leaders in front of our office in Yeadon. Left to right, Phil, Andy, John, Roger and Paul.