Birdwatching in Spring
Situated in the very heart of Europe, this kidney-shaped country has so much to offer, not only in terms of special birding opportunities, but also in its incredibly rich and varied landscape, culture, cuisine and famous wine. Hungarians, who call themselves Magyars, speak a language and have formed a culture unlike any other country in Europe. My tour is designed to give you a flavour of it all!
In Hungary, as in most ex-socialistic countries, the less intensive farming practices over the years have meant that the country embraces a high diversity of unspoiled habitats. Some of those habitats long disappeared from western Europe and support precious wildlife and bird species that are difficult to find elsewhere on the continent.
Here, the biggest remnant of the vast Asian lowland dry steppe, is home to a significant population of the globally threatened magnificent Great Bustard. The wide open skies are the domain of such raptors as Saker Falcon, Red-Footed Falcon, Montagu’s Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard, majestic White-tailed Eagle, but above all, the globally threatened Imperial Eagle, which is also the national bird of Hungary.
The vast network of fish ponds and wetlands supports healthy populations of the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler, Corncrake and Ferruginous Duck. Here, breeding Pygmy Cormorant, Red-crested Pochard, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Barred Warbler, Bluethroat, Penduline Tit and Collared Pratincole are just a few of the more attractive birds that make a good reason to visit this country.
The rocky forested hills, slopes with both deciduous and coniferous woodlands and beautiful valleys in the north of the country are home to special birds such as Ural and Eagle Owls, up to nine species of woodpeckers, and a host of passerines, including Collared Flycatcher, Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes, Short-toed Treecreeper and Hawfinch.
Culinary tradition forms an important part of Hungarian culture. Traditional cuisine relies on the wide variety of high quality ingredients produced in the country, including red and green peppers, tomatoes, paprika and garlic. Wine connoisseurs, will be glad to know that Hungary is a land of delicious wines. It has a long tradition as a wine producing country and wine-making has evolved here over many centuries.
With a selection of such attractive birds supported by an array of unspoiled habitats and good tourist infrastructure, Hungary is a delightful birding destination hard to beat in Europe.Detailed Itinerary Booking Info
14-20 May 2017
Arrival to Budapest and transfer to Kiskunság National Park
Kiskunság National Park
Bükk National Park
Departure from Budapest
The Price Includes
all accommodation on a shared basis
all excursions and transfers by vehicle park
tour guides’ fees
The Price Does Not Include
all items of a personal nature
flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
drinks at the bar
scheduled return flight from Britain to Budapest (a group booking, however, is made, but you will have to deal with a travel agent directly. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements)
all passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip
a deposit of £100 is requested with a booking form. The final payment is required by 15 February