Birdwatch Northumbria began as an idea in 1994 with an October weekend for friends on Holy Island organised by Mark Winter. Since then it has expanded its offereing to become Birdwatch North East. We have been organising both weekends and day tours on Northumberland and Durham coast, moors and hills since.

Andrew Kinghorn

Today the owner of Birdwatch North East having joined in the latter half of 2018. Andrew has more than 15 years of field experience and has watched birds across the UK and Europe, he is closing in on having seen nearly 500 species of bird in the UK alone. Andrew started out as primarily a local birder in his home county of Durham, he then joined the Durham Bird Club and has been an active member since. Currently Andrew is the Chair of the Durham Bird Club but has previously held roles as County and Assistant County Recorder. Andrew has also worked in the private sector as an Ornithological Surveyor advising on a range of renewable energy projects. 

Mark Winter

One of the original co-founders Mark Winter, a keen birdwatcher with more than 30 years experience of watching local birds. Mark has a Northumberland bird list well in excess of 340 species. Mark has an enthusiastic interest in local wildlife issues, has been an active trustee of  the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, and writes regularly on local birds for his village magazine. Perhaps his luckiest birdwatching moment was seeing the hotly debated Slender-billed Curlew  that turned up on the Northumbrian coast in May 1998. Mark's primary focus now is Even Sparrows, which offers unique Christian retreats that combine watching birds with the Christian faith. 


Our Aim

We pride ourselves in offering personal tuition to small groups that rarely exceed more than eight people per guide. Certainly, the feedback from our customers suggests this is greatly appreciated. Perhaps this is why so many customers return.