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.
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.
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.
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.