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Welcome to Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays
Julian SykesI have been interested in nature and the natural world all my life and have had the good fortune to be able to combine my love of wildlife & my experience as a guide to develop these holidays for you. I started operating in Spain as a professional wildlife guide several years ago & since then I have developed an excellent reputation for 'value for money' holidays and short breaks always conducted with a high level of professionalism and good humour.

I have had the opportunity to continue to expand & now offer wildlife holidays & short breaks to most areas of Spain (including Iberian Lynx & Wolf watching) with a growing overseas portfolio including most of Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, India, Costa Rica, Canada and Australia.

Find out more about our aim >

Our Aim: To provide wildlife & birdwatching holidays that will be enjoyed by all levels of enthusiast from the beginner to the most target focused. The holidays & short breaks always look to strike a balance ensuring the ultimate feeling of an enjoyable and relaxing time. This can be achieved with our promise of maintaining a small group ratio, allowing everyone the special attention needed.

All our trips are run with customer focus with all members being fully informed and involved in the daily itinerary, with any necessary changes being highlighted to the group before being implemented. Even when birds are the primary focus we will always concentrate on all forms of wildlife including mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians and lizards. We will also endeavour to make all our tours as comfortable and relaxed as possible, with special attention to relating our knowledge and experience over the course of the trip.

We are developing holidays with “a non-birding” partner in mind so look out for the following logo NBW which means that there are optional activities & time to relax with a book.

For more details on how we achieve our aim, please see the testimonials at the end of each itinerary.




16th - 31st January 2017

In January 2016 we enjoyed our first fabulous visit to this wonderfully wildlife-rich corner of India. With the help of our fabulous and very knowledgable Indian guide we managed to find well over 300 species of bird including all the endemics and 11 species of owl, some incredible mammals such as Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Tahr, Lion-tailed Macaque, Brown & Striped-necked Mongoose not to mention the astonishing array of fauna and flora.

It is only right we return in 2017...

Could it be your first-ever view of the elegant White-bellied Treepie, White-bellied Blue Robin or perhaps a striking Black-and-Orange Flycatcher? The diverse tropical forests at Thattekkad (also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary) hold a huge range of fantastic species including Indian Pitta, Black Baza, Oriental Bay Owl, Nilgiri Thrush and the wonderfully cryptic Sri Lanka Frogmouth, which can be very easily missed without the help of your sharp-eyed wildlife guide.

At Periyar Tiger Reserve and elsewhere you may see fascinating mammals such as Asian Elephant, Indian Bison, Indian Giant Squirrel and the blond-headed Nilgiri Langur. Bengal Tigers are there, but sadly difficult to see in this part of Southern India.

Add in some fabulous butterflies, spectacular scenery, a colourful culture and truly fabulous cuisine, this all makes for a very memorable holiday...


3 nights - Thattekkad, 2 nights - Periyar, 2 nights - Munnar, night at Valparai, night at Ooty, 3 nights - Mudumalai, night at Mysore

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