Who we are
Birdwatch Northumbria began as an idea in 1994 with an October weekend for friends on Holy Island. Since then we have been organising both weekends and day tours on Northumberland's coast, moors and hills. In 2004 we added 'Enjoying Birds As God's Creation' retreats to our programme - unique weekends of Christian worship, reflection and guided birdwatching.
Today the organisation is run by co-founder Mark Winter, a keen birdwatcher with more than 20 years experience of watching local birds and a list well in excess of 300 species he has seen regionally. Mark has an enthusiastic interest in local wildlife issues, has been an active trustee of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, and writes regularly on local birds for his village magazine. Perhaps his luckiest birdwatching moment was seeing the Slender-billed Curlew that turned up on the Northumbrian coast in May 1998. This bird is probably the rarest in the world. The species is threatened with extinction, its breeding grounds are unknown, and it has not been verifiably seen since that visit to Northumberland!
We pride ourselves in offering personal tuition to small groups that rarely exceed more than eight people per guide. Certainly, the feedback from our customers suggests this is greatly appreciated. Perhaps this is why so many customers return.
Many of our wildlife photos were taken by co-founder Pete Bull. Pete was an extraordinary birdwatcher with an uncanny ability to spot rare birds and to enthuse all sorts of people about the joy of birdwatching, as well as establishing a reputation for being a superb taxidermist. Sadly, Pete died aged 43 in the Millennium year and this website is dedicated to his memory.