Friday, August 23, 2013

Estonian Nature Tours at the British Birdfair

It was for the 6th year already that our company was represented on the British Birdfair with our own stand. In recent years, interest in our tours has increased and more an more we feel that Estonia has become a popular destination in Europe! Noone asks any more about the whereabouts of our country, people come to our stand with clearly defined decision to travel to Estonia instead. For us it is really meaningful, that Estonian Nature Tours has now its own fanclub – many of our clients wish to come back for another time, some even for the 5th time. This is a clear indication, that people are pleased with our service and that Estonia's nature and local guides have much to offer.

Luke Massey (on the left in front) talks to people about White-tailed Eagle Photography. 
Behind, in the middle is Tarvo Valker

May 26 was the 10th anniversary of Estonian Nature Tours. We celebrated this event modestly with our clients, friends and partners on the Birdfair.

From right: Kaisa Korhonen (Liminka), Antero Topp (Finnature), Marika Mann (ENT), 
Jari Peltomäki (Finnature) and Roy Atkins (Speyside Wildlife)

Jari gave to Marika a very cute gift – his own favorite photo

Brown Bear cub playing peekaboo. Read more about Jari and this photo...

We really appreciate that You took Your time to stop over our stand - Roy and Jane Atkins, Jari Peltomäki, Antero Topp, Kaisa Korhonen, Miia  Marjanen, Mike Weedon, Killian Mullarney, Tim Harris, John McLoughlin, Ian Lycett, Sally Dowden, Tim Earl, Liz Charter, Peter and Vana Chadwick, Patricia and Raimond Rumbold, Carol Wady, Margaret Collet, Kath and David Beeken, Barry Trevis, David Kay, Luke Massey, Wilfred and Julia Powell, John Wright, Pippa Harvey, Dan Free, Ben Hoare, John Vanderdol, Margaret Alderson, Andrew Howes, Tim Appleton and many, many others...

Thank You!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Birdfair 2013. What´s new?


The 2013 British Birdfair will take place at Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland on Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August.

This is the sixth time for Estonian Nature Tours (ENT) to participate in the biggest bird and ecotourism fair in the world as an exhibitor. Estonian Nature Tours has been a pioneer in developing nature and bird tourism throughout Estonia. We have more than 10 years experience in organising outstanding wildlife holidays in Estonia and the feedback from our clients has always been very positive. We would be happy to meet with you and give you a presentation of our services whatever time is suitable for you during Birdfair 2013.

Visit us in Marquee 5 Stand 32!

Short breaks are becoming increasingly popular and in response to the high demand for this type of holiday we are continuing to expand our programme. This year, we offer new trips for birdwatchers who are keen to see woodpeckers (in all, eight species can been found in Estonia!). We also have on offer something new for nature lovers who are keen to see just brown bears or search for the impressive selection of orchids that occur in Estonia.

Estonia is an up-and-coming destination for wildlife photography, boasting fantastic species such as European Lynx and Wolves, White-tailed Eagles, Wild Boar and Elk. You may get the chance to photograph all of these exciting species if you visit Estonia this winter. Read more...

White-tailed Eagle Photography 
Sun 2nd Mar – Thu 6th Mar
Thu 6th Mar – Mon 10th Mar
Mon 10th Mar – Fri 14th Mar
Price: 995 € pp.
Tour leader: Luke Massey (Luke Massey Images)

White-tailed Eagles (Haliaetus albicilla) / Luke Massey

For birdwatchers who are keen to see woodpeckers (in all, eight species can been found in Estonia!), we now offer a new, fully-inclusive, 5-day holiday.
Read more... 

Great Snipe & Woodpeckers 
Wed 23rd Apr - Sun 27th Apr
Price: 695 € pp.

Three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) / Sven Zacek

We also have on offer something new for nature lovers who are keen to see just brown bears or search for the impressive selection of orchids that occur in Estonia. Read more... 

Orchids & Bears
Wed 18th Jun – Sun 22nd Jun
Price: 955 € pp.

Bears & Birds
Wed 8th Oct – Sun 12th Oct
Price: 955 € pp.

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) / Sven Zacek

Lady´s slippers (Cypripedium calceolus) / Neil Aldridge

In recent  years Estonia has been a magnet for birdwatchers from Europe and beyond. Now this Baltic State is also becoming a mecca for dragonfly (and butterfly) enthusiasts eager to see the country´s speciality species.  Read more...

Dragonfly Holiday
Fri 1st Aug – Fri 8th Aug
Price: 1250 € pp.

Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) / Philip Smith

Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) / Mati Martin


Estonia has been chosen to appear among the 30 of the world´s most dramatic migration locations for its amazing spring and autumn passage of birds, involving millions of wildfowl and waders flying along the coast between the Baltic Sea and breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra. In addition, there is an exceptional migration of songbirds through the country each autumn, while in winter there are large congregations of wildfowl (including Steller's Eider, now considered a Vulnerable species by BirdLife International) along its coastline. Estonia is a crucial country for birds and a visit or two should be on every birder's itinerary!

Estonian Nature Tours invites you

Migration hotspots of the world
on Saturday 9:30 am - 9:50 am
Lecture Marquee 1

Presenter: Tim Harris
The author of RSPB book „Migration Hotspots: The World´s Best Migration Sites“

The best places to see migrating birds and the reasons why those places are so good. From Point Pelee to Beidaihe, a “Cook’s tour” of some of the planet’s most awe-inspiring migration sites – and the birds that use them every year.

The RSPB book „Migration Hotspots: The World's Best Bird Migration Sites“ by Tim Harris is now available in the internet.

Estonian Nature Tours visited Russia on the beginning of July to find new destinations in birdwatching and wildlife photography tourism.

We invite you

Lake Baikal: the pearl of Siberia
on Friday 16th August 4:00 - 4:20 pm 
Lecture Marquee 1

Presenter: Tarvo Valker
The member of Estonian Ornithological Society Council, bird guide 

Lake Baikal is home to more than 2,000 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.  It is the deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world.  Located in south central Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border and surrounded by mountains, forests and wild rivers, Baikal is an immense and breathtaking area of natural beauty.  An incredibly magical place for watching and photographing birds and mammals!

Long-tailed Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus undulatus) / Tarvo Valker

Sunset on the Lake Baikal / Remo Savisaar

Marika, Remo, Tarvo and Valeri / Remo Savisaar

Estonia is an up-and-coming destination for wildlife photography, boasting fantastic species such as Brown Bear and Elks, White-tailed Eagles, Wild Boar and Roe Deer.

Estonian Nature Tours invites you

Wildlife photography in Estonia
on Saturday 18th August  11:00 - 13:00am
Marquee 5, Stand 32

Presenter:  Luke Massey     
Luke has been obsessed with wildlife since he can remember, this has led to a career in photographing and filming animals, recently working alongside the BBC natural history unit. He has travelled around the world but keeps coming back to Estonia, one of his favourite locations. 
Estonia is a hidden gem in Europe, complete with a large array of different habitats, as well as the highest population of wolves, bear and lynx in Europe, supported by a cast including eagles, cranes, geese and many other mammals.

No matter what time of year, there is always something to train your camera on in Estonia. Luke will talk of his experiences with bears, eagles and other species he has come across in Estonia. From sitting out in -40C conditions waiting for a white tailed eagle to appear, to watching an opening in a wood waiting for a bear to emerge from the vegetation.

Join him at this talk and maybe you'll be out taking your own photos of the wildlife that calls Estonia its home soon.  

 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) / Luke Massey

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaetus albicilla) / Luke Massey

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaetus albicilla) / Luke Massey

Monday, August 5, 2013

Estonian Nature Tours brochure 2014 is now available

With pleasure, we are continiously offering individual bookings on our fully-inclusive holidays. To order Estonian Nature Tours brochure 2014 enter your details here...

See also the selection of  best birdwatching, mammal tours and other wildlife holidays in Estonia available for the year 2014  by clicking here...