Customer Comments

Here is what our customers are saying about us...

"Marcus is a 7 star bird guide on an international basis ! His skills are exemplary with incredible eyes and ears. nothing is missed. What I believe really sets him apart is his depth of knowledge in other areas as well. Local geology, bees, dragonflies, moths and botany, and I know he is continuously trying to expand his local wildlife knowledge in all departments."

PJ, Powys - July 2021

"We had a wonderful birding holiday in Extremadura. Thank you for your expertise and swift spotting of so many birds. We covered such a vast area and enjoyed seeing the birds and the countryside. The accommodation was beautiful and the food excellent."

K&NH - February 2020

"I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed our day. Whilst so early in January, it will probably be one of my favourite days of the year."

TS, Derbys - January 2020

"I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic day it was that I spent birding with you. I have to say that I am in awe at your knowledge of birds, it’s just amazing. For me to have seen so many different birds that you identified for me in just one day beggars belief. Hopefully I’ll get to go out birding with you again in the near future... thank you for a brilliant day at Titchwell."

NK, Norfolk - November 2019

"Just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Owl Tour. The weather was good, the birds we saw were terrific, it was great to spend time with like-minded people. Thank you for your expertise on the day. Hopefully would love to have another day out in the future."

CC, Norfolk - February 2019

"Thank you for another great day birdwatching. Some great sightings and lovely views."

TB, Herts - March 2019

"Many thanks to you for a superb day on Wednesday. A huge range of species seen in beautiful surroundings and brilliant weather. So very enjoyable and informative. I would like to repeat it in an different season!"

JF - February 2019

"We would just to thank you for the wonderful 3 days we spent with you on the bird ID tour last weekend. We both felt we have learnt a lot and also added a number of species to the tick list, several of which we would never have seen without your knowledge. Thanks very much for a fantastic tour."

J&KC, Essex - March 2019

"I particularly thought that you not only guided us brilliantly but also you managed the tempo and the frequency and depth of your running commentary so very well to cover a broad customer base. Simply, an excellent day well worth it."

RH, Northants - February 2018

"We just wanted to thank you again for another excellent two days with you. We all agreed that you couldn’t have been better for us. Your ability to take us to the right places, display the birds so well (especially through your scope) and describe them so elegantly is phenomenal. Not to mention all the other interesting information that you tell us about. All done in a relaxed and friendly manner."

PB, Cambridge - January 2018

"Thank you so much for the day you spent showing us so many great views of birds that l had not seen in many years and birds that I had not previously seen. There were many highlights including the aerial display (Hobby & Marsh Harrier) you arranged, fantastic. I am sure it will not be the last, but the start of many more visits."

RM, Cambridge - September 2017

"What a wonderful day we had, thank you so much Marcus. As beginners we so appreciated your knowledge and passion. It more that lived up to our expectations."

LK & AM, Berks - August 2017

"I really enjoyed the day, seeing around 65 of the 83 that you managed, but sometimes, there were so many birds around, it was difficult to keep up! You really looked after us - making sure that we all got a turn at the scope when you found some of the more unusual birds. We had good company on the day, and I can heartily recommend any birder, new or experienced, to go on a guided day with you, Marcus. It was a revelation."

RM, Surrey - July 2017

"A group of four spent a wonderful day with Marcus in the Broads, with sightings including Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt (with young), Garganey and a Night Heron. The finale was perfect with Hobby hunting and close up views of Swallowtail butterflies amongst the iconic wind pumps. Marcus’s knowledge of the area and birdlife as well as dragonflies & damselflies was exceptional. He kept us entertained and furthered our education considerably. Thank you for a wonderful day in idyllic surroundings."

AD, Cambridge - June 2017

"Many thanks for taking us to see, finding, and informing us about so many terrific birds. I reckon 121 species is more than respectable given the less than ideal weather. One of the many enjoyable things about the tour was how well we saw many (if not quite all!) of the birds and just how striking some of them were. I'm sure I'll be in touch again when I can."

DH, Coventry - May 2017

"I've enjoyed the Spring Tour very much, and especially your identification of all the different spring songs. Wonderful! I am so impressed by your range of knowledge of all things relating to birds, and also Norfolk history, geography and geology. A fantastic 3 days in so many ways - many many thanks."

RS, Oxford - April 2017

"Thanks again Marcus! It was a great tour, and I really appreciate the help you gave with all the new birds. I will heartily recommend you to any local birders who ask about guides in England."

S&CW, USA - April 2017

"A really first class trip Marcus with some memorable birding. I shall never forget the 15 minutes of magic when the Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers put on their show."

BH, Sussex - March 2017

"We had a great time, thank you. There were so many highspots - not only the Pallid Harrier, Hawfinch, Crossbills and Cranes, but the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Shore Larks, Wood Lark, Redpolls and Goshawks (and, of course, the pair of Barn Owls hunting by the side of the road) - that I am still buzzing. Thank you for a great 3 days!"

NM&KB, London - March 2017

"Just a quick line to say thank you for a great day out yesterday. That was by far the most birds that I have seen in one day, including many that I had never seen before. I did appreciate all the background knowledge that you were able to provide."

JR, Buckinghamshire - January 2017

"Just a short note to say a huge thank you for giving us such a memorable day. We were blessed with perfect Spring weather as you led us to just the right spots – willingly fielding what were probably rather banal questions! We enjoyed every minute of it and hope you did too. We were excited by everything, of course by the Goshawks and Hawfinches but also by all the remainder. Not least the Long-tailed Tit’s nest, presumably occupied by now."

A&SMcN, London - March 2017

"I had an absolutely wonderful day on Saturday -- many thanks indeed, and great to have the bird list and the blog write up to remember it by! The Bearded Tits and the Siberian Chiffchaff were a highlight, but nothing could beat the tawny owl chorus at the end of the day. I look forward to another trip in the future."

BW, Cambridge - January 2017

"We thoroughly enjoyed our day with you on Sunday. Your enthusiasm for your craft,attention to detail, provision of a well rounded tour was an exemplary demonstration of professionalism at its best. The high points for us were the White-fronted Goose,the Waxwings and the deceptive rouses of the mating Ruffs."

D&DH - November 2016

"I contacted Marcus in the hope of arranging a one day birding trip in North Norfolk. Sure enough he managed to fit us into his schedule and we had an excellent day in the field. Marcus is a professional birder who definitely knows his birds and is extremely familiar with the area, his patience and teaching ability along with his broad knowledge of natural history, human history and the economy of the area made for a very stimulating day."

D&SR, Canada - September 2016

"Thank you for such a wonderful day, not only all the birds you found for us (my first Goshawk) but the interesting comments about the area and also the lovely relaxed way you presented it to us. Thanks again, I will remember my 72nd birthday for a long time."

RB - March 2016

"Thank you for a fantastic day and your patience with my forensic questioning. It is not often I have the luxury of tapping into a walking ornithological encyclopaedia. We loved the additional historical details which resulted in a return visit to the church at Wiveton. It was particularly gratifying to get off the beaten track and explore the hedgerows and heathland. The tawny owls at dusk made a thrilling end to a great day out."

KH, Colchester - February 2016

"We had the most amazing trip yesterday with Marcus. His knowledge and expertise was second to none and his quiet, easy manner meant that people felt able to ask basic birding questions without losing face. The number of species we saw in the different locations was astonishing. He certainly knows the locality and was happy to share his 'spotting' skills. It was a pleasure to have a guide who has such a passion for his subject. Thank you for such a memorable day."

J&GW - February 2016

"Thank you for a wonderful day Marcus. We asked you to concentrate on migratory waders and you certainly delivered. Both my wife and I very much appreciated your knowledge and expertise." (We saw 24 different wader species that day)

RA, Australia - August 2015

"Many thanks for all your assistance and leadership in making this the best birding trip I have taken. You are the best bird guide I have been with. You have an unmatched knowledge of all the birds; you are able to ID birds quickly and were able to relate them to their American cousins. I appreciate your insight and weaving in the local history and stories of the areas we visited. It added so much more meaning to the trip."

JS, USA - July 2015

"Such a great day. Wonderful birds and other wildlife, great company, great information. What more could one ask for! Thanks Marcus for a really great tour of the Brecks today."

G&BMcK - June 2015

"Thank you for an unforgettable day. Brian and I want to thank you so very much for making such a wonderful experience for us both. We just haven’t got over it. We loved your description of the day and once again want to thank you so much for your company, the education we received and ALL the information you imparted to us as well as the history of the places we visited. There is no doubt that Tuesday was the highlight of our year and one we will never forget this mind-blowing experience."

M&BG, Oxon. - May 2015

"I couldn't believe how many different species we saw, and how much I learnt in the space of a day. Thanks Marcus. For me, the highlights were (of course) the brief glimpse of the Little Bunting, the Little Grebe, the Gadwalls (looked so boring from afar, but close up...stunning) the Little Ringed Plover with its golden eye, the Teal, seeing Avocets close up...but so difficult to single out sightings. It was a great day."

GM, London - April 2015

"Our day was absolutely fantastic and far exceeded our expectations. We saw nearly 90 different species of birds in a single day, including a Spoonbill, a Rough-legged Buzzard and an early Wheatear. Marcus has an extraordinary ability to spot birds and we found his level of knowledge to be exceptional from a lifetime of watching and listening to birds. He’s also good company, easy to chat to and thoughtful. We would highly recommend Marcus to anyone wanting a rewarding day's birdwatching."

JS & JC - March 2015

"Thanks again for our weekend visit birdwatching with you. We were privileged to witness a Marsh Harrier with a kill. Also a great variety of other birds that you spotted for us. Your knowledge of the area and various birds helped us a lot and lead to us enjoying it immensely. Look forward to our next trip sometime in the future."

D&SN, London - Feb 2015

"A big thank you for such a lovely weekend enabling us to see such fantastic views of all those birds, it was really great. You know such a lot and made the whole trip very interesting."

AM, Notts - Jan 2015

"Your tour was just fantastic...I learned so much and really treasure being able to see the beautiful places you took us to. Thank you for your patience and for sharing your skill and obvious love for birds and the creatures and plants that live along with them."

BL, USA - Sept 2014

"Just to say many thanks for the great weekend bird watching in Norfolk, except that it was so much more than that! I learnt so much about listening to and recognising calls and songs. Your wide knowledge of all the other fauna and flora made for a fascinating weekend."

AS, Beds. - June 2014

"It has been a real pleasure to go birding with you; you are so professional. Being able to see a wryneck and a dotterel was so amazing, at least for me. I realize that it would have been impossible for me to spot those on my own."

NG, France - April 2014

"Thank you again for introducing us to some new sites and for a marvellous day."

J&SA - May 2014

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