Day trips & holidays

Each year we organise day trips and holidays for our members.

The cost of the trip is kept to a minimum, whilst still making a small profit for SBBOT.

Please note that all trips require payment in advance to secure a place and you can also book at the Field Centre.

Coach Trip to Lochs and Glens.

Monday 9th April to Sunday 15th April 2018 (6 nights half board).

Cost approximately £400 per person (total cost to be confirmed at a later date).

We will be visiting Loch Awe, Glen Nevis at Fort William and nearby reserves, and a couple of trips out to the island of Mull. We will be hoping to see typical Scottish wildlife and specialities such as Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls, both White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Red Grouse, Black Guillemot and more!

Red Grouse

If you would like to go on this trip, please add your name and telephone number to the sign up sheet at the Field Centre. Any queries please contact Mike Briggs on 01304 611172.


Spring on the Isles of Scilly.

Evening of Thursday April 26th to the morning of Saturday May 5th 2018.

Chilled – out birding on The Fortunate Isles.

Your chance to visit the most beautiful islands in Britain, full of exotic sub-tropical vegetation, and to see some its’ exciting birds, including the chance of real rarities.

Our fourth visit , following the successful trips of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Please see the attached leaflet for more details: Isles of Scilly May 2018.

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There are still a few spare places available on this trip at £1250 in double occupancy or £1330 in single occupancy. Any enquiries should be addressed to Ken Chapman at the Observatory, by e-mail or post.


The Farne Islands

17th – 21st June 2018

Price: £490 per person sharing a twin room – some singles available

Staying at the excellent Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel – sharing cars

There is probably nowhere better than The Farnes to see and photograph so many British seabirds at such close range, most will have young at this time – Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Shags, Cormorants, Arctic, Common, & Sandwich Terns. Roseate Terns on Coquet Island and Eiders, Little Terns, Gannets, Waders and others along the breath-taking coastline. The coastal dunes and slacks have a wealth of wild flowers including orchids plus Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Meadow and Rock Pipit, while the beautifully remote Cheviot valleys hold breeding Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Goosander, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and much more.




Past Trip Reports:

Isles of Scilly.

CLICK HERE to see our trip report from October 2017.




Costa Rica.

Click HERE to see our trip report from March 2017.

From a holiday to Costa Rica



Click HERE to see our trip report from May 2015.