Bird watching in Transylvania (May 2015)

Forests, meadows, wetlands - Transylvania has it all.

This holiday combines unique opportunities to watch birds that have become rare or endangered elsewhere in Europe, with walking in a beautiful rural landscape of rolling hills, ancient oak and beech forests, and wildflower-rich meadows.

Focusing on two outstanding areas – the wetlands of Fizes in north-western Transylvania, and the mediaeval Saxon villages in the south-east – the tour takes in a variety of habitats which are home to more than 140 species of birds.

Contact Luminita Holban, 07800 604153, contact@ecotransilvania.ro 

TOUR PRICE: £370pp

 

Includes: 6 nights’ en-suite accommodation in twin rooms (single supplement £60); full board; all transport in Romania in fully-equipped minibus; English-speaking guide from local bird protection charity EcoTransilvania.

Does not include: Flights; insurance; alcoholic drinks; personal purchases.

Group size: Minimum 6, maximum 8.

For the tour to go ahead, bookings must be confirmed by 10 April 2015.

All proceeds from this bird watching tour are used for the conservation of the Fizes wetlands and their wonderful bird life.

PROGRAMME:

 

Day 1: Arrival in Cluj-Napoca. Your guide will take you to Sovirag guesthouse, where you will be able to settle in and take a leisurely stroll around the historic village of Sic (Hung. Szek) before supper, enjoying the evening song of the nightingale and the low piping of the scops owl. Accommodation in Sic (B&B).

Day 2: Take a rowing boat out in the morning to explore bird life around Pike Lake (common birds here include bitterns, little bitterns, marsh harriers, grasshopper warblers and lesser grey shrikes). The afternoon will be the best time to visit Ciuasului Forest, home to the largest mixed colony of black-crowned night herons and grey herons in Transylvania (270 nests). Accommodation in Sic (B&B).

Day 3: With a picnic lunch in your rucksack, you will spend the morning at the Reedbeds of Sic, the largest compact reed beds in Romania after the Danube Delta. Here marsh harriers, water rails, little and spotted crakes, sedge and reed warblers nest among the reeds. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk over the hill to the village of Bontida for a short visit to the part-ruined Banffy castle. Accommodation in Sic (B&B).

Day 4: Today you will visit Legiilor Valley. This formerly rich 150ha wetland is the site of our most important conservation plans, where we hope to help the reintroduction of purple herons and spoonbills by re-flooding a previously drained area. Accommodation at Dracula Inn, Stejareni (hotel).

Day 5: Visit the mediaeval citadel of Sighisoara (a World Heritage Site) and the nearby Breite ancient oak tree reserve – a 133ha wood pasture with more than 400 ancient oak trees. It offers a unique chance to see both woodland and open habitat birds, including nine species of woodpeckers, eagle and ural owls, hoopoes, tree pipits and red-backed shrikes. Accommodation in Stejareni (hotel).

Day 6: Spend the morning walking through some of Europe’s most spectacular wildflower meadows, where lesser spotted eagles glide on thermals, and the grasslands shelter many small birds including skylarks, tawny pipits, yellow wagtails, whinchats and stonechats. In the afternoon, visit the extensive Bradeni fishponds, home to purple herons, ferruginous ducks, marsh harriers, bitterns, red-necked and great crested grebes, and many other aquatic species.

 

We are happy to advise you on travel options

There are direct flights to Cluj-Napoca from London Luton (www.wizzair.com), as well as Munich, Rome and Bucharest.

Direct trains run twice a day from Vienna, via Budapest (Deutsche Bahn UK Booking Centre, tel: +44 8718 80 80 66).

On return, you can choose to catch a train from Sighisoara, or be driven back to Cluj-Napoca, either on Friday evening or on Saturday morning.

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