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Several years ago I began a programme of private courses and holidays with a partner Chris Mounsey of Balkan Tracks. To this we have now added weekend breaks in my home town of Buxton in Derbyshire.

One place I hope to show you is Cressbrook Dale in Derbyshire during its spring best, when the wood anemones are startling drifts of snow-white blooms on the upper slopes

We call the whole programme ‘360 Degrees’ because the aim is to take the broadest possible approach to looking at wildlife and nature. Birds are always at the heart of our activities, but we also enjoy butterflies and spiders, flowers and fungi, reptiles and mammals; in short, all parts of nature. Yet it is not only that we look at everything, we also explore their role in the cultural lives of the area. The key is to take our time, to savour it all without regard for targets or species lists; and from this, hopefully, will flow the richest, most creative reponse to place and nature. If you want more information i am developing a series of blogposts that provide deeper insight into each break or holiday. The whole blog site has accordingly been retitled Through 360 Degrees. There will be dedicated posts for each tour/break. The 2021 programme, because of the impacts of covid 19, will include 2 separate Greek weeks in spring, an autumn week in Spain and at least two Derbyshire summer breaks. Click the holiday tab and you’ll find a contact form.

 Until my new tour outlines are prepared you can still click the links attached to these images below to get a flavour. I hope you will join us.

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