At Birding Ecosse we believe that all our guided tours should be informative, relaxed, and informal but most of all…… fun!
Below are some comments and pictures of our recent clients:
We spent a very full day with Dave who picked us up at our hotel and we were blessed with some gorgeous Scottish weather. His knowledge of the area and the birds is outstanding, long distance raptors are difficult to ID for the average birder and we went to places we would never have found on our own. Genuine nice guy who is a pleasure to spend the day with and a constant supply of coffee and Tunnocks tea cakes – happy days.
Karen enjoying the Scottish sun!
Thanks for fabulous trip Dave, surpassed all expectations! MH March 2017
Thank you so much for a great day out bird watching today 11 of which were lifers.
See you again on another trip no doubt – DP March 2017
Just spent two wonderful days with Dave. Nearly cancelled because of poor weather forecast, but so pleased I didn’t. The variable weather provided many different opportunities to see different birds. Highlight was mountain glen covered in snow with Sea Eagle and Golden Eagle flying together chased by two Ravens
I went out with Birding Ecosse 3 times over Christmas and New Year twice there were 3 people on the tour but David seems to be able to keep different interests happy. The coffee and cakes went down well in the cold weather and there was some really good birds and other wildlife
I have just finished my second two-day tour with Dave Slater of Birding Ecosse and once again he provided another memorable experience searching for birds in Scotland.
He is extremely knowledgeable and has great expertise in finding and identifying birds and,equally importantly,is great company and does all he can to ensure you have a great time.
Loads of laughs,tea,biscuits,Tunnocks Tea Cakes and even mince pies this time…..oh,and the odd bird along the way! He has so far provided me with 14 new species and hopefully even more on future trips.
I would heartily advise anybody,expert or novice,who is new to the area to book a trip with Birding Ecosse.It will save you a lot of time and effort as well as enjoying the unique experience and company of Dave Slater.
I am already planning my next trips with him and hope we can track down my elusive White-tailed Eagle and maybe one day get to go up Cairn Gorm without wind and low cloud thwarting us……not even Dave can influence the Scottish mountain weather!
Dave is my kind of birder! I love standing and staring, drinking in the ambience and all aspects of the scenery, just waiting for things to happen and watching avidly when they do.Dave is not one to rush you on to the next thing, to slot up a given number of sightings. He is happy to adapt to your pace, frequently providing hot coffee and carbo-shots to ward off the cold (minus 7 in Findhorn Valley). He is so at home in his own domain, knowing some beautiful sequestered spots, with an abundance of stunning birds such as bramblings and waxwings that I almost felt I’d wandered into a parallel world; one where you just mention a bird and there it is. It is good to be with someone so deeply acquainted with the countryside and all in it, and Dave has watched birds in this area since he was knee-high to a grasshopper warbler. Even so his enthusiasm and delight remain full-on and infectious, as also does his sense of humour. We had one moment of ‘twitch,’ looking for an American wigeon, a first for me; and he even let me find it!
A fabulous three days; not my first trip with Birding Ecosse and I shall be back for more.
We returned for our third long weekend with Dave. Again he delivered on all aspects. It may be birding in the title but we wanted to watch an otter and he delivered!so enjoyable, so flexible, if you are interested in birds at any level this experience is highly recommended, whatever your level, you will learn, Dave is a natural teacher and an amazing source of knowledge.
We will definitely return for a fourth time!
I was bought this experience for my 60th birthday by my children. We are enthusiastic about birds but know very little, Dave was friendly and patient with our lack of knowledge and found bar-tailed godwits on our first day out – a bird which I had wanted to see simply because I love the name! We had 3 fantastic days – great scenery, verbal wit and, of course, knowledge about the birds and the environment! Dave, how can you tell which bird it is when it just flies over in a flash! A great experience! Thank you. Julie and Alan
We booked our two days with Dave 3 months before our 5 week trip to the Highlands. Dave was near the end of our trip, and we had been birding constantly before meeting up with him.
Day 1: Dave was 5 minutes early for our pick up, and even arranged a personal errand for us into his schedule. As we drove, and Dave heard about where we had already been, his heart kind of sank, as many of those places were on his itinerary. Nevertheless, he managed to take us to many places we had not seen, and even took us back to places we had been, and found more than we ever did, or could.
The highlight of the two day outing was on day 2, the Red Kite feeding station. What a feast for the eyes, and my camera. It really was special.
After driving around Scotland for almost 4 weeks, Dave managed to explain most of what we had seen and not understood, traditions we would never have known about, bird habits and habitats, and so much more.
Dave has been a birder since the age of 7, and he has forgotten more than I will ever know. What a wonderful guide, conversationalist, and host. The coffee and biscuit breaks were all special, and we had quite a few.
If birding is your quest, do yourself a favor and hire Dave, you will not regret it.
Maureen and I just returned from a 12 day cruise to Northern Europe with friends and family. Bob and I are avid birders and Maureen is fast catching up. Bob is the father of Jeff, the husband on our younger daughter, Danielle. Jeff is the one who instigated the venture. Prior to the trip, on the recommendation of Ken Gunn, I organized a day of birding on shore with Dave Slater, owner of Birding-Ecosse. The ship docked at Invergordon and it turns out to be near where Dave lives.
Invergorden is near Inverness, and near to the well-known Loch Ness with everyone’s favorite, elusive “monster”.
He picked us up as we disembarked the ship about 8:00 a.m., and returned us to the ship at 5:30 p.m. We worked our way from Invergordon North to Portmahomack and Tarbat Ness. We passed several different habitats from villages to beaches and wetlands to uplands. We even saw the sea. Lots of variety. There was a preserve (missed the sign) which had a small lake and grasses where we saw Slavonian and Little Grebes as well as Goosander with chicks. Then there was one (Tollie Red Kites Preserve) where the primary purpose was to feed Red Kites in hope of attracting more attention to them and getting more donations and volunteers. Later,we stopped at the Udale Bay Nature Reserve where we saw lots of Lapwings, gulls, Oystercatchers, Dunlins and other shorebirds.
In all, we got over 60 species and, since none of us had really birded Europe before, at least 55 were life birds.
A little about Dave. He picked out a niche of birders who do not want to be in a van where only half may get to see a bird. He uses his private car, a Ford about the size of a RAV4. Maximum him and three passengers. You get a personal experience. He is focused on giving you a personal birding tour. As we got on with the process of organizing the trip, he told me in email where we would go and prospective bird sightings. The cost of 110 Pounds Sterling included pick-up and drop-off, all guiding, tea and coffee and snacks, bad jokes and good scenery. Pack your sense of humor. It was a laugh a minute (often at our expense) during the drive, but all birding at stops (Except at lunch and snack stops, of course).
I can’t recommend Dave enough. As far as off-ship “adventures” went, we agreed this was the highlight of our cruise.
Contact him at email@example.com. It will be a day you will remember for a long time. His website is www.birdingecosse.co.uk
Thanks, Dave, and thanks to Ken Gunn for recommending.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for your time, tea and expertise on Thursday! We all had such an amazing time and couldn’t stop laughing on the way home. Great banter!
I knew that I would enjoy myself, but as non-birdy people I was hoping beyond hope that Joe and Steve would also have a good time. They definitely did!
CK July 16
Hello David……..Thanks for another wonderful and enjoyable day out …lots of interesting and useful information….and laughs. We really enjoy your company, Dave…thanks a lot.
Despite the not so good weather David the guide found lots of interesting wildlife mainly birds including some rarities his GSH kept us happy as did the tea and coffee also the biscuits. If you don’t have your own telescope he has an excellent one I think some times it has an inbuilt tracker! He picks up usually in Grantown but will do other places but there sometimes may be a charge for it
A highly enjoyable birding excursion. Dave seems to know every back road in Scotland, and where to find the greatest number and variety of birds. After experiencing a train delay, a late snow storm, and the cancellation of his two other clients, I was afraid that my tour might be in jeopardy. Not even close! Dave called the hotel to make sure I arrived safely, collected me on time the next morning, and showed the same amount of enthusiasm as if he were guiding a V.I.P. He is extremely congenial, and communicates his passion for the natural history and human history of Scotland.
Having just arrived back at the Grant Arms Hotel, after my second full day of birding with Dave Slater of Birding Ecosse, I have to write this review while everything is still fresh in my mind. We have travelled everywhere, from the top of Cairngorm to Cromarty on the Black Isle and have seen about 60 different birds, from Golden Eagle to Coal Tit – the latter actually taking seed from my hand! Not forgetting the mountain hare, red squirrel, reindeer, feral goats, brown hare and red deer – even though they’re not birds, Dave found them.
He knows where to find the birds and everything there is to know about them. He will adapt the tour to look for that special bird you want to see.
If you’re thinking of birding in Scotland, think Birding Ecosse – you won’t regret it!
I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed this experience. I have wanted to come here for many years so having someone to “guide” me to the best places, to see the best birds (and animals!)has been superb. Thank you! CP March 2016
I have just returned from another fantastic birding weekend with Dave of Birding Ecosse (my second trip). Dave’s knowledge of birds and the local area is second to none and the three days flew past far too quickly as we visited a range of habitats in the Moray area and then further North. The scenery in this area is awe inspiring, and although we had what Dave calls ‘liquid sunshine’ (rain) on the first two days this did not detract from the experience. Just be prepared for all kinds of weather! Some of the many highlights for me were catching my first Snow Buntings at Cairngorm, being enthralled at the Golden Eagle soaring above the hills (another first) and having a lovely packed lunch at Loch Fleet (with the sun shining this time) whilst watching the huge variety of waders. Dave is an excellent guide, setting things up in the scope for you to see, and sharing his wealth of bird knowledge in a way which is interesting and accessible. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided frequently and much enjoyed (as is the cheery banter that Dave also supplies!). I thoroughly recommend Birding Ecosse, you won’t be disappointed, and I am already thinking about my next trip!
Having always had a casual interest in birds, I received a voucher for a half day tour for my birthday..and what an amazing present it turned out to be.
First of all, many many thanks to Dave, right from the word go he makes you feel at complete ease. He is an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, as well as a top guy.
The tour was incredible, and the hours just flew by…too quickly! I honestly do not know how Dave spotted all the incredible sights that we seen. I promise you that you will be blown away by the incredible new world you will experience through the scope – it just has to be experienced!
I am now looking to planning my next trip with Dave and Birding Ecosse for my Dad’s 70th birthday.
I came north to celebrate my 65th birthday with 2 full days birding.I chose Birding Ecosse since Dave Slater offered a bespoke small group approach. Two days on and I’ve encountered a range of birds from mountain and coast and return home tomorrow more than satisfied. So come north and enjoy birding with Dave Slater. I’ve got to return to bag that elusive Sea Eagle. See you there.
I am embarrassed that it has taken me three months to write this review.
My wife and I spent a brilliant, informative and fun day out with Dave Slater of Birding Ecosse. He drove us all over an area I thought I new very well. Dave knows it better! And he knows where his beloved birds hang out. I had reservations as a casual birder of spending a whole day on the subject. How wrong I was. Can’t remember a day when we had so much fun, laughs, AND learned so much. We covered a lot of ground and Dave’s enthusiasm is so infectious. Even the best birder couldn’t hope to have seen what we saw– Slavonian grebes to Black grouse, Ringed ousel to Osprey, not to mention the Black throated divers, Mergansers and Eagles, etc etc. The only downside is that we can see our friends eyes glazing over when we start up yet again on our new passion.
2 1/2 days and 77 species! What a wonderful time. Not only did David deliver target birds such as the crested tit, eider ducks, skua and osprey, he led us in short order through rugged coastlines, hidden lochs, river deltas, secluded feeders, mountain tops and spectacular valleys -we saw more of scenic Scotland with David than 10 days on our own! The care, comfort and conversation truly made our trip memorable and we cannot thank him enough. Staying at the Grant Arms was a treat with fantastic food and staff. We highly recommend David and Birding Ecosse. Gerry and Jeannette,Vancouver Island, Canada
My family did a cruise around The UK and Ireland the last two weeks of July, 2015. At Invergordon, Scotland I broke away from the family and went birding. I had made arrangements with Birding Ecosse to take me out. Dave picked me up just after 7:00 AM when I got off the ship and from there led me through a wonderful day. In 10 hours, in spite of intermittent downpours of rain, we visited 7 habitats and saw 61 species. In that part of Scotland the countryside changes rapidly and one can get to seemingly remote areas quite easily if you know the country as Dave does. The result was that I did not feel rushed at all. We ate our lunch in high country overlooking a beautiful valley and stopped to scan bays, lakes, rivers and hillsides at our leisure.
I highly recommend Birding Ecosse and look forward to getting back to Scotland to go on Dave’s pelagic trip.
Even if you’re only remotely interested in birds, a couple of days with Birding Ecosse will blow you away. A brilliant guide; David has a fanastic sense of humor – bad jokes aside we were expertly gudied through mountains and seashore. Never thought I’d see goldfinch, greenfinch, Slavonian grebes, and thousands of gannets all in a day. Doesn’t get any better! N&M Aug 2015 – Dubai.
David is really excellent guide for levels of knowledge as well as his birding expertise he also has a good knowledge of local history which makes a trip out with him even more interesting. His local area knowledge is good too he has taken me places I would never have though of visiting with great results. I have been out with him a number of times and he has always found interesting birds as well as something to laugh about. PH July 2015. UK
Although my husband and I had been looking forward to the Birding Ecosse experience for MONTHS, the two days with Dave (and Peter) exceeded our expectations in so many ways. I was the newbie on the trip – not much of a birder. Yet the conversations in the car, the local history and anecdotes provided by Dave and the beautiful coast and Highlands engaged me every minute. My husband Bill is an experienced and avid birder and benefitted from and loved the way Dave shared his knowledge and expertise while providing opportunity to greatly expand his life list and get some unbelievable photos. Our different “English” (from Americans, a Glaswegian and a Brit) was a continual source of fun. “Why are we talking about Maryland?” said I, as Dave and Peter joked about the latter’s desire to see a “Merlin”. A wonderful time. Happy Birthday, Dave. Hope to visit again soon. USA
Visited June 2015
Having had enjoyable birding outings with Dave before I was tempted to take one of the Birding Ecosse short breaks specifically to visit Handa Island. We were lucky in the two days to have one with perfect weather and the visit more than lived up to my expectations. Apart from the beauty of the place the experience of walking amongst Arctic and Great Skuas was unforgettable, then there were the red-throated divers, puffin and densely packed cliff faces with a variety of nesting seabirds. Thanks Dave – here’s to next time! UK
Visited June 2015
We arrived at the Grant Arms Hotel on Friday afternoon and met up with Dave in the evening.
Chatting to him it soon became clear that he was more than happy to adapt his suggested weekend itinerary so suit us if we wanted to visit specific places or try to see specific birds. The fact that he only takes a maximum of three guests at a time allows this flexibility.
Dave certainly knew where to find the birds that we wanted to see and was quite happy to try a second, or even third, location if we failed at the first one. Overall this meant that we saw virtually everything we had hoped for (and many others as well). We saw just over 100 species in the three and a half days we were with Dave, and yet this was achieved at a comfortable pace without any suggestion of being hurried around.
Dave’s humour and birding skills were both welcome and we were taken to several locations that we would never have found if we hadn’t had the benefit of his local knowledge.
Tea and chocolate biscuits were in plentiful supply and he always managed to find scenic locations to stop for a break.
We hope make a return visit to the area again in the winter and would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone who wants a relaxed, but very informative, guide to the area’s birds.
Tony & Nicky. UK
My wife and I spent just a morning with Dave from Birding Ecosse and saw and learnt so much. We were taken to the Black Isle and Beauly Firth and were impressed not only with the wildlife, but also Dave’s knowledge (local and birds). The bird life in this area is amazing and we seemed to hit a day with good weather and high activity.We certainly look forward to a longer visit next time.
Visited February 2015
We should have written sooner to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf and for ensuring we saw as much of the wildlife as possible. Thank you for managing to get the cappa to pose so beautifully. An absolute highlight. Many thanks also for the drinks, teas, coffees, dunnocks and soup.
We hope to be with you again later in the year to take a trip on the west side. D&O March 2015
My wife and I spent just a morning with Dave from Birding Ecosse and saw and learnt so much. We were taken to the Black Isle and Beauly Firth and were impressed not only with the wildlife, but also Dave’s knowledge (local and birds). The bird life in this area is amazing and we seemed to hit a day with good weather and high activity.We certainly look forward to a longer visit next time. Visited February 2015
Spent a fantastic morning on the Black Isle and Beauly Firth with Dave from Birding Ecosse. Very highly recommended if you’re anywhere near the Scottish Highlands and have any level of interest in birds. Dave knows where to go and tailors the tour for your interest. R&S Feb 2015
Thanks for a fantastic day out yesterday (and all the teacakes!) KP Jan 2015
Just to say many thanks for the 2 days birding over Christmas at Grantown great birds and great company what more can you ask for.
PH Dec 2014
This was a most enjoyable and well organized trip. The hotel was good, with friendly staff and excellent food. David was impressively well informed and always willing to take time to explain and answer questions. Things went as planned and there were no unpleasant surprises. And hot coffee on demand was a nice touch. In addition, David somehow delivered good weather and lots of birds!
One suggestion: being unfamiliar with the Scottish Highlands, a high level map of our daily trips with a few place names would have been useful to me, since I like to know where I’m going. DB August 2014
I thought it was an excellent trip, enjoyable throughout. I appreciated Dave’s enthusiasm and clear love of his subject, and delight in sharing it all with us. A bonus in my view was his intimate knowledge of his own “patch,” and the birds within it. All leavened with his particular brand of humour! MC August 2014
We booked a mid-week break with Dave and he did the rest. Hotel, meals, driving, history, stories, jokes, and BIRDS, all supplied. Take a good map if you want to find those corners of Scotland again. A great trip, birds aplenty, laughs galore. We will be back. Tony & Fiona, 2014
I booked Dave (Birding Ecosse) for a long weekend in July. The moment I began corresponding with Dave I knew I would be in safe hands. His emails to discuss the details of the trip were informatative and encouraging. Dave went over and above and out of his way to ensure our party of three had an excellent introduction to bird watching in Scotland. I in particular had a number of species that I really wanted to see and apart from two I ticked all the rest. The highlight of the trip was the daily ‘banter’ his vast knowledge not only from a birding perspective but his historical knowledge was impressive. Dave arranged every detail of the itinerary and was receptive to our requests throughout the day. The trip report and final bird list were email to us within 48 hours of the completion of the trip. Thanks Dave.
The trip was great value for money and I can highly recommend Dave to you if you are interested in small groups as the undivided attention and down to earth Dave was refreshing.
Maura Visited July 2014
Dave Slater is a star birding guide who offered us a spectacular day of avian, historic, cultural, and environmental highlights. As an ornithologist/bird researcher with a relative newbie to birding, the pair of us represented a challenge–but we were royally entertained, educated, and engaged for 8 glorious hours that were interspersed with tea breaks, scenic panoramas, laugh-out-loud humour, and spectacular views of life-list and familiar species. Thanks for a brilliant day from Aviemore to the coast, mountain glens, and back, Dave. We saw the ptarmigan families on the Cairngorm and loved the professional-quality photos you emailed us. You are the BEST! B&K July 2014
I had a wonderful day with Dave, he has a vast knowledge of birds and information about their habitats, habits and life cycles. I am still learning but he never makes me feel silly when I mistake a house sparrow for something else! We counted 61 different species in a day and I was rewarded with some stunning photos that Dave took.
The days out are worth it for the scenery alone and the bird watching is stunning. JM June 2014
We have two great morning trips with Dave, including superb close views of Ptarmigan today. Dave is very knowledgable about birds and the best place to see them. So would recommend very highly and would go with Birding Ecosse again next time we visit the Highlands. P & R July 2014
We booked Dave (Birding Ecosse) for an afternoon / early evening to help us explore and hopefully see a few birds including divers and eagles. Before the trip he devised and agreed with us an itinerary. His birding and local knowledge was excellent and he was great company, the 5hrs went far too quickly. Not only did he find the main birds we wished to see he also gave us a good sight seeing tour and much bird and wildlife watching advice and background of the area. A Golden eagle was seen at distance and we think Dave was more disappointed than us at not seeing this wonderful bird closer up. We highly recommend Dave if you need a birding guide who offers great knowledge, advice and value. D & K July 2014
Dave, thanks for a great day JM June 2014 (Scottish west Coast day tour)
Wonderful value, Relaxed environment, not intimidating for a novice, Thank you!! JB June 2014 (edit, you’re welcome John it was a fantastic day on Handa, enjoy this exciting time with your birdwatching, and remember everyone has to start somewhere and hopefully your trip with Birding Ecosse has whetted your appetite! Any questions then just drop me an e-mail)
We had an amazing few days, everything we hoped for with some wonderful bonuses (seals, dolphins, boat trip) Highlights were Purple Sandpipers in summer plumage, casual post sitting Ospreys, beautiful Slavonian Grebes and of course the 25 minutes spent watching the male Caper (edit well spotted Graham!) May 2014
Dear David we have found you excellent to deal with and would highly recommend you. We have really appreciated your customer service and your willingness to sort things out including the accommodation. Thanks for all the help and hope you have a successful birding trip and wish you all the best. G and J (comments received after booking a gift voucher for a Christmas present) Dec 2013
Having used Birding Ecosse in the past, I already knew how good David is at what he does.
So when I planned a return trip to the highlands to see some birds I hadn’t seen a few years ago, I knew David at Birding Ecosse was the man to call.
Sure enough he had a slot spare and I snapped it up straight away. Fast forward a few months and there I was at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown saying hello to David, ready to embark on a great birding adventure. And that’s exactly what I got.
A full day of fantastic birding, seeing such great birds and lots of new ones, thanks to David’s immense knowledge of the local area and of the birds themselves.
He’s great to talk to and you can always guarantee a good laugh with him.
But the best thing is the day is completely tailored around you and what you want to see. Even if you just want a day out birding only to see whatever is about, with no target species, that too is catered for.
Cant recommend David enough. But don’t take my word for it. Give him a call. I know he’d love to hear from you!
Visited April 2014 SMV Norfolk
What a fabulous Xmas present recieved from Graham’s sister, Jill.
We had a wonderful day with Dave who tailored the trip to our needs superbly. The whole experience from 8am until our departure at 5.30 was packed with thrilling sightings of birds we had hoped to see. We particularly enjoyed the black throated divers, osprey, ptarmigan, Slavonian grebes, crossbill and black grouse. We had a lot of laughs with Dave who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the bird world. Linked with this, the scenic tour was outstanding and we will definitely be coming back for more. We highly recommend Birding Ecosse.
Visited April 2014 G and M, Yorkshire
Thank you Dave for a wonderful two days. The Vicars wife is almost converted to birding!! We loved your company and enthusiasm. Take care and we hope to meet up again one day. Slavonian Grebes Forever!!
(Edit: remember Jackie, Easter is approaching perhaps the Easter Bunny will bring you some Swarovski binoculars 😉 )
We both enjoyed our two day Mid week special with Birding Ecosse. Good fun and I did learn how to identify some of the “offshore” birds. We would not have seen 76 species had we been on our own. Extra good that David (B) could really birdwatch without driving. Extra bonuses of Tunnocks biscuits with Tea/Coffee! Keep up the good work! D&O B March 2014
(Edit: it was a great couple of days with you both, the Slavonian Road will always bring a smile to my face!)
David was extremely knowledgeable in theory and practice. He was very relaxed and humorous and by the end end of the day, albeit shortish because of insufficient daylight, we felt we had known him for years. Super day – can’t wait to do it again. DI Dec 2013
Dear Dave. Just to say thank you for a really enjoyable morning and sharing your bird and wildlife knowledge with you, just the scenery on the trip to the Findhorn Valley was a real treat let alone seeing all the different birds and of course the Feral goats which were part of the attraction of that particular trip. Impressed that tour can take place on a 1:1 basis JR Nov 2013
( Dear Jean, thank you for the kind comments, it was a great morning to go out, I’m glad you mentioned the 1:1 as that was the whole ethos for starting Birding Ecosse as not everyone is comfortable being in large groups in minibuses (although conversely some people prefer that) Hopefully see you again soon on your local patch at Findhorn for a guided walk. Dave)
53 species (2 lifers) beat that! Excellent identification/context information (particularly differentiation between similar species eg Scoters, Common Gull, Shag/Cormorant) Great personal interaction, sense of humour and knowledge of local history. DS Oct 2013
Thanks for an enjoyable and informative morning. RG Oct 2013
We all enjoyed the two half days that we went out with you. Informative, a lovely sense of humour. Great knowledge of the area and the birds around. We will certainly recommend to our friends. Aug/Sep 2013
(Edit, I was a great couple of days, and the sharp eyed spotter Sasha done a great job! Look forward to meeting you all again)
We had a morning with Dave Slater from Birding Ecosse which involved two trips in the morning with. Breakfast in between. Considering we had never met Dave before we found that within 5 minutes it was if we had known him for ages. He had a wealth of knowledge on birds, local wildlife and local history. I would class my wife and I as novice bird watchers and found Dave was happy to share his knowledge and give advice and tips for us to use in the future. He is flexible as to where he goes and what he looks for so is not restricted to a rigid itinerary and is happy to listen to what his guests want. He is very easy company and even was helpful when discussing my future purchase of a scope to replace the star gazing one I have at present. You can book him direct through his website birding Ecosse but can also book him through the Grant Arms Hotel at Grantown on Spey. Dave provides an excellent service and is well worth booking for a trip. P&K May 2013
Thank you for a great day out with you last week. We enjoyed the birding and the banter and David’s still talking about the Ptarmigan as well as the close views of the Black-throated Diver. D&M May 2013
Another great day out, thanks again Dave. AW April 2013
A delightful two days, our sincere thanks. D&J M April 2013
David was a friendly knowledgable, enthusiastic guide who conveyed his passion for the area onto us, so much so we would like to do it again, perhaps at a different time of year. Despite the fact I didn’t see everything on my list it didn’t matter, it was still a fun and enjoyable trip with stunning scenery and wildlife. E, P & G March 2013 (Edit, George, keep birding, it is a great hobby that will last a lifetime…… remember to write down your life list, you have seen some amazing birds so far!)
Thoroughly enjoyable very successful day in difficult circumstances, professionaly done. Would have no problem recommending you to friends. D&L March 2013
Brilliant Day and Geat company. KB – Bristol – Feb 2013
Thanks for a really great 2 days out with you the weather was not so good but you made it so interesting I sort of forgot about how bad the weather was. It’s true you often get good birds in poor weather and that really worked out. I will remember that Grey/Red Phalarope in the waves for a long time. PH Dec 2012
Firstly we would like to say thank you for a really great day out, we really enjoyed it and you definitely produced a memorable day with some excellent sightings. It was really kind lending me you camera, lots of decisions being made here re mine.We will pass on your name to anyone we can visiting the area and wish you luck with the future. M L
What makes these workshops so special (apart from the birds) is Daves personality. He obviously loves what he does, is a genuinely nice guy, gives me information in such interesting ways I actually manage to remember it and is infinitely patient. These workshops are excellent value for money. Thanks Dave. LB Various dates throughout 2012 (edit Thank you Lynda!)
Great couple of hours at the coast, brilliant for my list and the others enjoyed it to! AP Dec 2012
Did a day trip with David from Birding Ecosse. Excellent day despite strong winds. His knowledge and expertise was immense and he was happy to share it in order to help you improve your own skill. He provided tea and biscuits and few good laughs too.
Great bloke, great service, and will most definately book again in the future. SM-V Sept 2012 (via trip advisor)
A thoroughly enjoyable day by a keen birder and someone who enjoys their area. David is very knowledgable and know his area well. Brill David – thank you very much. Good luck with it all! L & R Doble. 21 June 2012
David. This is to thank you again for the most enjoyable few hours in your company. Red Throated Diver and especially Ring Ouzel more than made up for the grim weather! RF Durham April 2012
I had an absolutely fastastic day, and by the time I went through my notes carefully I had 62 species with no less than 8 (yes eight!!) lifers. I can also confirm not 1 or 2 but a whole telephone line full of the main target bird!! I will most definitely be back soon. RD Dalgetty Bay – April 2012.
Thanks for the pics and thanks very much for an awesome day’s birding. The Sea Eagle encounter was the highlight of our trip! Can’t wait to get up the Scottish Mountains again. When we do we will definitely give you a call. AC Cumbria – April 2012
Thanks again for the tours, had a fantastic time and already planning next year – need to nail WTE (edit from Birding Ecosse – I have new site for the WTE, it’s a belter!!) AW London – March 2012
The week was a huge success thanks in no small part to your contibution on Monday and Tuesday. WH Somerset
Thouroughly enjoyed my outings “Mug of tea” was a nice touch! BM Cumbria – March 2012
A great morning out with a very knowledgable guide who tried to cater for my requests not his own rigid format. If I go birding in the highlands again I will definitely use you again. AW Hull – Feb 2012
I enjoyed an excellent two days birding. The tours were tailored to my needs and target species. Guide was knowledgeable and good company. I would book again. AW London – Feb 2012
Findhorn Valley – Golden Eagle Special – Half day tour: We both thought this was an excellent tour, both for the bird sightings and the rapport we had with David, who was very knowledgable and entertaining. The Findhorn Valley was really stunning and was further enhanced by the snow. All in all a fantastic time. IG and PH Leeds – December 2011.
Moray Firth – King Eider Special -Half day tour: Everything was good. Birding. Knowledge of area, wildlife and company. PH Cumbria – December 2011
Moray Firth Day Tour – 60th Birthday Present! – Very informative and really enjoyed my day. Seen several new species of birds and mammals. Relaxed and friendly day. Dave even shared his lunch box! Would Thoroughly recommend experience with Dave Slater and Birding Ecosse! MA Somerset – December 2011.
Loch Fleet – Day tour – Loch Fleet was my third outing with Birding Ecosse. Once again this trip was informative, well planned, great value and good fun! I learned some valuable ID pointers and saw my first Whimbrel! RG Nethybridge – November 2011.
Findorn Valley and Chanory Point – Day Tour – Excellent Guiding. We felt relaxed and comfortable throughout. David took time to explain each bird in a way that made the identification memorable. SA Merseyside – October 2011.
Thank you Dave for sharing your passion. I had such a wonderful and enjoyable day and look forward to the next workshop. RS Beauly.
Despite the cold and wet weather a very good day with many sightings, including a glorious Golden Eagle! JM Elgin
Very patient with excellent knowledge, could not have been better. ER Elgin.
This was a really informative workshop and great value. Brilliant for the newcomer to the hobby or a starting point for experienced birdiers visiting the area for the first time. RG Nethybridge
Very interesting and I learned lots! PW Buckie.