Channel Islands & France ........ 2nd to 7th May 2017

Alderney & Normandy

Northern Gannet
This short tour is specifically designed for a relaxed combined luxury birding break in the delightful Channel Island of Alderney and in Normandy, staying in a 4-star hotel (Alderney) and a medieval Chateau (Normandy) The cuisine is excellent both in Alderney and France. The springtime birding will be great with migration in full swing and a wide range of breeding species on offer. Alderney offers guaranteed wildlife spectacles in the form of its huge Gannet colonies (8,000 pairs) of Les Etacs and Ortac just 300 metres offshore and a boat trip will take us close in for great views and photography. The large Ramsar marine reserve just off the north western coast includes Puffin, Common Guillemots, Razorbills and Storm-petrel colonies. On the coastal cliffs and heaths are Peregrine Falcon and Dartford Warblers. In Normandy we will visit Parc Naturel Regional du Marais du Cotentin, a superb location with a great variety of habitats, from heaths, woodland and marshes to estuary. Bird species include Bittern, Great Egret, Purple Heron, White Stork, Spotted Crake, Montagu's & Marsh Harriers, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Black Woodpecker, Hoopoe, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Savi's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola and Serin. In Alderney we plan to have evening talks/lectures and there is a chance to sample local scrumptious cream teas, while in Normandy, superb French wines and cuisine are on offer.

Days 1 - 3: During this period we will visit Alderney's reserves and enjoy lovely coastal walks. Giffoine and the western cliffs allow great views over the Gannetry and a boat trip will offer close encounters with Gannets and also a visit to Alderney’s Ramsar zone for its breeding seabirds.
Overnights - Braye Beach Hotel, Alderney

Days 4 & 5: We have a special charter flight to Cherbourg and the drive south to Marais du Cotentin Naturel Park and surrounding areas, with superb birding and wonderful accommodation in a medieval chateau.
Overnights - Bricquebec, Normandy

Days 6: We catch our return flights to Alderney and the UK.

Tour ref: AA1706

Tour Cost: £1,695
Deposit: £300
Single Room Supplement: £245

Leaders: Martin Batt & Gerry Griffiths

Max. Group: 10 plus 2 Leaders

Includes: Flights (UK-Alderney-Normandy-Alderney-UK); accommodation, meals, transportation and services of leaders.

Excludes: Travel insurance, drinks and items of a personal nature.