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I run a programme of private breaks/holidays with a partner Chris Mounsey of Balkan Tracks. 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.

In 2022 we are offering two Derbyshire Breaks centred in my home town of Buxton near the Peak District National Park in two very contrasting parts of the spring and summer. There are more detailed posts on my blog which will give you a full sense of the whole break – meals, accommodation and the shape of the four-day programme. Here as a taster is a short photo essay on each trip.


Mon 25 – Thurs 28 April 2022

For the full itinerary and details click here.

The slide show is a snapshot of some of the wildlife that will be high on our list of priorities for April. Early spring is a great time to be in the Peak District. The limestone flowers are emerging and breeding birds are back on the tops. Deep Dale with its reputedly million cowslips is a must, so too Cressbrook for the fabulous snow blizzard of flowering wood anemones and the singing redstarts. We will also go to the north Stafforshire moorland for breeding waders – curlew, lapwings and snipe – and hopefully find some of the specialities such as peregrine, short-eared owls and ring ouzels.

£795 (plus £100 single-room supplement) more details HERE.

Mon 4 July – Thurs 7 July 2022

For the full itinerary and details click here.

This is high summer in Derbyshire and we found last year that the month produced almost a super abundance of things to see. Lots of fabulous orchids, hawk-moths, white-letter hairstreak butterflies, beautiful redstarts with their recently fledged young, owls, peregrines and red kites. But perhaps best of all is the glorious limestone flora in places like Millers Dale and Chee Dale. The latter is one of the greenest places I know in Britain. Here is a taster.

£795 (plus £100 single-room supplement) more details HERE.

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