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Several years ago I began a programme of private breaks 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.

Because of the impacts of covid 19, the 2021 programme now comprises two Derbyshire summer breaks in July and an October week in Spain. Three separate Greek weeks, originally scheduled for 2021, now run in spring 2022.

All holidays and breaks for 2021 are fully booked but if you wish to be notified in advance about future tours please sign up for my newsletter via the link here. Until new tour outlines are prepared you can click the links attached to the images below to get a flavour. I hope you will join us.

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