As well as our scheduled walks and events, South Downs Wildlife can offer private birding tours with transport, and an itinerary designed 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 reach of London, we can do that that too!
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The South Downs and the nearby Sussex coastline always have something to see, whatever the time of year. Here's just a taste...
The Sussex heaths are full of delights like Woodlark, Dartford Warbler and Nightjar
Carefully checking woodland areas reveals an array of amazing species, like Firecrest
The Sussex coast, adjacent to the South Downs National Park, supports large numbers of wintering coastal birds from far north
These friendly birds spend the a few particular spots along the Sussex coast
Also known as the 'yaffle' for its laughing call, a mix of pasture and woodland is ideal for these birds
Once Britain's commonest bird of prey, Kestrels can still be seen scanning the ground for voles as they hover over the downs
A conservation success story, Red Kites are hard to miss on the South Downs
A cheerful (and noisy!) bird of mature woodlands
Exotic visitors sometimes show up!
A remarkably healthy population of this cheerful bird exists in the South Downs National Park
Like the Corn Bunting, this is a declining species we're lucky to still have in the South Downs
Fulmars return to their cliff ledges on the coast in late winter and make a fun photographic challenge!
Cuckoos, Nightingales and Turtle Doves bring a magical spring soundtrack to Sussex
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
"A little bit of bread and no cheeeese" - the famous song rings out from hedgerows across the downs
Every day is different in autumn, with a range of common and scarce bird species passing through on migration, like this Redstart
Another classic autumn migrant, drawn to hills, hawthorns and yews on the downs
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
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 comfortable 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
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.