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. We offer such programmes these days under the Even Sparrows banner.

Mark Winter

Today the owner of the organisation is co-founder Mark Winter, a keen birdwatcher with more than

30 years experience of watching local birds and a list well in excess of 340 species that he has seen

in the region. 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 hotly debated Slender-billed Curlew

that turned up on the Northumbrian coast in May 1998. This species is one of the the rarest in the

world and is now considered by many to be extinct.

Andrew Kinghorn

A tour leader for Birdwatch Northumbria with more than 10 years of field experience.

Andrew started out as primarily a local birder in his home county of Durham, he then joined

the Durham Bird Club and has been a very active member since. Andrew is the current

serving county recorder for Durham and has previously worked in the private sector as an

Ornithological Surveyor. Andrew has seen over 450 species of bird in the UK alone and has

travelled extensively in Europe birdwatching. He joined Birdwatch Northumbria in the latter

part of 2018.

Our Aim

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.

If you would like any more information, or would like to book a tour with us then please do not hesitate to get in touch. See our contact us page or simply email/call:

E: birdwatchnorthumbria@hotmail.com

T: 07717 024099

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