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Albania
Albania
Albania, lies on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula.With both Adriatic and Ionian coastlines and an interior crossed by the Albanian Alps, the country offers spectacular birding from the Butrint National Park to Narta, one of the largest and most important coastal wetlands of Albania....
Armenia
Armenia
Armenia lies in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe.Typically alpine, densely traversed by gorges, high plateaus, inter-montane depressions and massive towering mountain ranges. Home to Eastern Rock-nuthatch, Lammergeier, Wallcreeper and Yellow-billed Chough...
Austria
Austria
Austria is a central European country, characterized by mountain villages,and rugged Alpine terrain.From Hohe Tauern National Park with it's resident Golden eagle, Ptarmigan, Alpine Chough and Alpine Accentor to Lake Neusiedl, Europe's fourth largest lake, a premier birding location ...
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains,Azerbaijan's birdlife is equally spectacular. The saline reedbeds of Ag-Gel National Park is home to breeding Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Marbled Teal and Purple Swamphen, whilst the Tugai forest of Barda hold Resident Black Francolin and Lesser Kestrel....
Belarus
Belarus
Landlocked between Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine and Russia, Belarus is a country of primeval forests and flooded river valleys, home to some of Europe's 'must see' species such as Great Snipe, Aquatic Warbler, Eurasian Eagle-owl and a host of woodpecker species....
Belgium
Belgium
There's more to Belgium than being the headquarters of the European Union and NATO.The habitat is varied and with good transport links, it's birdlife is easily explorable.From the Ramsar site of Blankaart with it's breeding marsh birds to the coastal Polder region, a wintering site for thousands of geese...
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina hold the biggest wetlands on the Danube River Basin providing habitat for the globally threatened Ferruginous Duck and other species such as Pygmy Cormorant,Great Bittern,Squacco,Purple and Night Heron. The Sutjeska National Park hosts one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe.
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube.The Eastern Rhodopi Mountains hold Egyptian, Black and Griffon Vulture as well as Imperial Eagle. The lakes of the Poda protected area holds Dalmation pelican and Red-breasted goose...
Croatia
Croatia
Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps.Paklenica National park extends from the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea to the highest peaks of the Velebit Mountains.....
Cyprus
Cyprus
The Republic of Cyprus occupies the southern part of the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. It is one of the most popular birding destinations with Paphos State Forest, Akrotiri salt lake (Bishop's pool) and Ladie's Mile beach some of the best areas.Cyprus Wheatear, Bonelli's eagle and Griffon vulture are examples of it's many attractions...
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
From the limestone outcrops of Pavlovskéhills to the Struzka wetlands, the Czech Republic offers exciting birdwatching with breeding Red-breasted and Collared flycatcher, both White and Black Stork, Black and Grey-headed Woodpeckers and an impressive array of raptors....
Denmark
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country comprising the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands, including Rømø in the Wadden Sea.Thrush Nightingale, Montagu's Harrier,Red-headed Pochard and Light-bellied Brent Geese (75% of the population) the star species...
Estonia
Estonia
Estonia borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland and includes more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes.Nigula Nature Reserve is one of the best birding sites with breeding Black-throated Diver, Nutcracker, Black Stork and Common Crane, whilst Vilsandi National Park has Steller's Eider, Caspian Tern, and Barred Warbler...
Finland
Finland
Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia and includes the Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness of national parks. Breeding specialities include Rough-legged Buzzard, Red-necked Phalarope, Red-throated Pipit, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ural owl, Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit....
France
France
France is perhaps every British birders first contact with European birdwatching. A huge country of infinite contrasting habitats from the world famous saltmarshes of the Camargue to the forsets of Fonainbleau, the wonders of La Crau and the spectacular Pyrenees and French Alps....
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia, a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountains with spectacular birds of prey including Levant sparrowhawk,Imperial Eagle, Saker, and Lanner. The Black Sea Kolkheti National Park lies along one of the main routes of migration for waterfowl and waders of Africa and Eurasia.....
Germany
Germany
Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches.The mountain ranges and areas such as Nationalpark Berchtesgaden are perhaps the most interesting with breeding Red-billed and Yellow-billed Chough, Eurasian Eagle-owl, and several woodpecker species..
Greece
Greece
Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas.Its famous Mount Olympus National Park with a huge expanse of forest, extensive subalpine meadows, cliffs and Pinus woodland is home to Griffon vulture, Lammergeier, Western Rock nuthatch and Wallcreeper....
Hungary
Hungary
Hungary boasts a wonderful variety of habitats that have all but disappeared in the rest of Europe from the Carpathian mountains to the magnificent Hortobágy National Park - home to Great Bustard, Long-legged Buzzard and Saker falcon.Whilst Kesznyéteni Tájvédelmi Körzet has breeding Ferruginous Duck and Great Egret...
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks.Harlequin, Eider, White-tailed Eagle, Gyrfalcon, Merlin, Grey and Red-necked Phalaropes, Glaucous Gull, Brünnich's and Black Guillemots....
Italy
Italy
Probably a country that doesn't automatically spring to mind for a birding trip, but Italy has lots to offer from Alpine meadow to saline marshes. A coastline on both the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas and fabulous islands. There are also several RAMSAR wetlands including Brabbia where birders will find Ferruginous Duck, Great Reed Warbler, Black Kite, European heron species and waders...
Latvia
Latvia
Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests.There are several national parks including Gauja National Park where both Black and White Stork can be found, Latvia also has one of the biggest world populations of Lesser Spotted Eagles
Lithuania
Lithuania
Lithuania is the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation bordering Poland, Latvia and Belarus.There are some exellent birding areas here including Cepkeliai Nature Reserve (Lithuania's largest marshland of 5687 hectares) home to breeding Wood Sandpiper, Corncrake and White-tailed Eagle...
Macedonia
Macedonia
Macedonia is a landlocked Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture.There are several superb National parks incuding Galicica where birders will find White-tailed, Short-toed and golden Eagle,Syrian woodpecker,Semi-collared Flycatcher, Eastern Olivaceous,Bonelli's ,Olive-tree and Orphean Warblers.Cretzschmar's,Rock and Black-headed bunting....
Malta
Malta
Despite it's unenviable reputation as one of the 'slaughter houses' of Europe with vast quantities of migrant birds trapped and shot by 'hunters'., Malta is making inroads into conservation and there are now reserves such as Ghadira and Is-Simar offering good birding.....
Moldova
Moldova
Moldova, an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic, has varied terrain including vast forests such as Padurea Domneasca Balatina,flood-plain lakes fed by freshwater springs, natural wet meadows, shrub-dominated woodland and rocky hills.There is an excellent birds of prey species including Spotted Eagle, Lesser-spotted eagle, White-tailed eagle, Honey Buzzard.....
Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands offers convenient birdwatching for British birders with easy links from Newcastle and Felixstowe. There are numerous reserves of note along with famous birding sites like the fabulous island of Texel.Birdlife is similar to that of the East coast of the UK with added breeding birds such as Short-toed treecreeper and Bluethroat...
Norway
Norway
Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains with Ptarmigan and Dotterel, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. However there are also areas of marshland such as Fokstumyra nature reserve with breeding waders not found in the UK. Temminck's Stint, Purple Sandpiper, and Great Snipe...
Poland
Poland
This is some of the best birding in the whole of Europe. Thanks in no small part to the lack of intensive farming during the communist era, the Northeast of the country has incredible areas of primeval forest and wonderful marshland rich in birdlife....
Portugal
Portugal
Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. There are some wonderful salt marsh reserves and plenty of good birding around popular tourist areas such as the Algarve. Castro Marim Salt Marsh has specialities such as Greater Flamingo, Collared Pratincole, Greater and Lesser short-toed lark, Red-necked nightjar......
Romania
Romania
Romania is a southeastern European country known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains and the mountainous area of Retezat National Park. Star species such as Wallcreeper, Pygmy Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl and Ural Owl and several species of woodpecker...
Russia
Russia
Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches.
Slovakia
Slovakia
Slovakia's Carpathian mountainous areas borders with Poland and the Ukraine. Populated by Wolf, bears and Lynx, birders can expect spectacular bird species such as Wallcreeper, Rock Thrush and Nutcracker, whilst The Senné depression provides habitat for breeding waders, terns and herons...
Serbia
Serbia
Serbia is a country on southeast Europe's Balkan peninsula with northern plateaus and mountains. Ferruginous Duck, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Great Bustard and Corncrake....
Spain including the Balearics
Spain including the Balearics
Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures.Our guide looks at the main birding areas of Andalucia, Catalonia, Extremadura, Mallorca and Menorca...
Sweden
Sweden
Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains.There are superb National parks such as Färnebofjärden National Park, the Vindelfjällen mountains and Lake Tärnasjön...
Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps.Notable sites include La Sauge Fanel Chablais de Cudrefin with its variety of habitats: islands with gull and tern colonies, sandbanks, a huge reedbed, bordering woodland...
Turkey
Turkey
Turkey's extraordinary geographical diversity from snow-capped peaks to Mediterranean marshlands, lends itself to some of the most rewarding birdwatching in Europe.Masked Shrike and Red-tailed wheatear, to Caspian Snowcock....
Ukraine
Ukraine
Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe with a Black Sea coastline and forested mountains.The oldest birding area is Askaniya-Nova National Reserve Park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Great and Little Bustard, Demoiselle crane, Pallid Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard and Steppe Eagle...
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