BIRDING

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Guided birding is one of our specialities at South Downs Wildlife and we're well-qualified. You can either join us on a scheduled birding walk or contact us to book a private trip made just for you.

 

Our focus is the South Downs National Park and Sussex but we have extensive birdwatching experience of wider South East England so if you're looking for a birding trip in Kent or anywhere within easy reach of London, let us know.

EXPLORE SPECIES

The South Downs and the nearby Sussex coastline always have something to see, whatever the time of year. Here's just a taste...

Woodlark

Woodlark

The Sussex heaths are full of delights like Woodlark, Dartford Warbler and Nightjar

Firecrest

Firecrest

Carefully checking woodland areas reveals an array of amazing species, like Firecrest

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

The Sussex coast, adjacent to the South Downs National Park, supports large numbers of wintering coastal birds from far north

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

These friendly birds spend the a few particular spots along the Sussex coast

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Also known as the 'yaffle' for its laughing call, a mix of pasture and woodland is ideal for these birds

Kestrel

Kestrel

Once Britain's commonest bird of prey, Kestrels can still be seen scanning the ground for voles as they hover over the downs

Red Kite

Red Kite

A conservation success story, Red Kites are hard to miss on the South Downs

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

A cheerful (and noisy!) bird of mature woodlands

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

Exotic visitors sometimes show up!

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

A remarkably healthy population of this cheerful bird exists in the South Downs National Park

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

Like the Corn Bunting, this is a declining species we're lucky to still have in the South Downs

Fulmar

Fulmar

Fulmars return to their cliff ledges on the coast in late winter and make a fun photographic challenge!

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

Cuckoos, Nightingales and Turtle Doves bring a magical spring soundtrack to Sussex

Fieldfare

Fieldfare

The days are shorter and our summer migrants may be gone in the winter months, but a suite of other exciting visitors arrive, like Fieldfare, Redwing and Brambling, as well as a variety of wildfowl, waders and seabirds

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

"A little bit of bread and no cheeeese" - the famous song rings out from hedgerows across the downs

Redstart

Redstart

Every day is different in autumn, with a range of common and scarce bird species passing through on migration, like this Redstart

Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel

Another classic autumn migrant, drawn to hills, hawthorns and yews on the downs

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TESTIMONIALS

Feedback from previous day trip customers of David's, leading up to the creation of South Downs Wildlife

My wife and I (both seniors) have been on a full day private birdwatching and photography tour with David. David's youthfulness, sheer energy and attention to detail - throughout the day - was awesome. Not only is he a remarkably knowledgeable birder, with in-depth awareness of suitable birding sites and species but also a great tour organiser - a rare combination of talent.

  David picked us up from our hotel and drove us to many beautiful birding spots then dropped us back after one of our most fulfilling bird photography days. He had arranged our breakfast and made timely plans for restroom breaks and refreshments. There was nothing more that we could have asked for. From now on, whenever we are in London and plan for a birding day, it will be with David Campbell.

Dipten and Shukla, Mumbai

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When David Campbell is a renowned birding guide/writer/speaker, I will be proud to say that I was his first tour client. I could not have been more satisfied with David's tour.
He was extremely knowledgeable and very confident with the finding and identification of the birds. He has a very refined ear and could quickly identify all the birds by their song. David was communicative and accommodating and made sure I was comfo
rtable while walking with my bad knees. I'm looking forward to my return to London next spring when I will intend to utilize his skills again.

Dana Bob, Kansas

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I recently had a 12-hour layover in London but was keen to spend my time birding instead of sitting in Heathrow.  David was able to pick me up at the airport without hassle and he knew exactly where to go for my targets.  He was sharp, extremely knowledgeable, and very helpful overall.  If I ever return to London, there's no doubt I'll use his guiding services again.

Cory, Texas