Wildlife locations

3 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Exmoor National Park

Situated in the south west of Britain, Exmoor National Park is home to a fantastic array of wildlife and many diverse habitats. Well-known for the native British ponies that roam its moorland, and red deer in its woodland, the park is also host to a great diversity of bats, birds and butterflies.

  • Where: Devon
  • Ideal for viewing: Exmoor pony, Red deer, Badger, brown big-eared bat, heath fritillary butterfly
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt

Orkney Islands

This peaceful archipelago, 10 kilometres off the northern coast of Scotland, is a magical place of low-lying rocky islets, sandy beaches and blue seas – a great place to walk and see seabirds, birds of prey, whales and dolphins, along with fascinating prehistoric archaeological sites.

  • Ideal for viewing: Orca, Minke whale, Hen harrier, Short-eared owl, Arctic skua
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching

The Shetland Islands

The beauty and charm of this rugged land and seascapes are breathtaking. The region has an astonishing variety of animal and plant life, and the surrounding waters are one of the best places in the British Isles to see marine mammals. The islands are also renowned as a paradise for birdwatchers.

  • Ideal for viewing: Common seal, Grey seal, Harbour porpoise, Otter, Storm petrel
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching, Dolphin watching

Wildlife trips

Avid wildlife enthusiasts don’t need to stray far from home to see wildlife. Across the UK our national parks, national nature reserves, RSPB reserves and WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) reserves, as well as many other undesignated spots, are simply great places to watch our rich population of wildlife.

4 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Badger Photography Workshop

For this workshop with wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt we have exclusive use of a purpose-built hide in a secluded valley in the mid-Devon countryside. This gives us intimate access to the badgers that inhabit an extensive and long-established sett – it has been there for well over 20 years.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 2 days

The Shetland Islands

This small group trip explores the Shetland Islands from two bases: Sumburgh in the south and Baltasound on Unst – the most northerly populated island of the British Isles. Boat trips and daily wildlife walks, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, reveal an astounding diversity of flora, fauna and marine life.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Across the Arctic Circle

Follow the Vikings’ journey from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun on this fascinating voyage. Discover the beauty of the Orkney and Shetlands Islands, encounter spectacular birdlife and migrating whales along Norway’s dramatic coast, before reaching the polar bears of Spitsbergen.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 14 days

Scotland’s Wild Coast

From the windswept Hebrides to the intriguing diversity of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, this voyage visits remote crofting communities, picturesque villages and some of the world’s largest seabird colonies. Excursions by Zodiac allow you to get close to seals in waters patrolled by whales and dolphins.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 11 days

When to go

The original ‘four seasons in a day’ destination, you need only wait 10 minutes for the weather to turn bad to good and visa versa! Dolphins are best viewed from May to September.


  • Winter

    Nov to Feb: Short days, getting gradually colder over this period
  • Spring

    Mar to May: summer months
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: The warmest time of year with long daylight hours; busy
  • Autumn

    Sep to Oct: If settled, may be a fine time of year

Wildlife events

  • May to Sep: Bottlenose dolphins hunting off Chanonry Point


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