Ashley Saunders

Ashley has been watching birds since he could hold a pair of binoculars and has lived in North Norfolk all his life. At 31 he is one of the youngest in the business but with seven years of running Oriole Adventures before helping to form Oriole Birding, and vast experience in tour leading in the UK and abroad, there is no-one more skilled and enthusiastic to lead your birding holiday. Ashley leads all our Norfolk tours, plus the majority of our UK based holidays as well as one or two trips overseas. Conservation and bird ringing are his other passions when not tour leading, and he has also written occasionally for the UK birding magazines, not to mention TV and radio appearances! Ashley has birded in France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Mallorca, South Africa, Florida, Israel, Cyprus, Panama,The Gambia, Holland, Romania, Morocco, Cuba, Honduras and Trinidad. Finding rare birds is Ashley’s great passion, developed through a lifetime of birding remote east coast locations during the spring and autumn migration. This has resulted in the discovery of such gems as Pine, Little and Ortolan Buntings, Little Bittern, Red-rumped Swallow, Gull-billed Tern, White-billed Diver, Greenish, Pallas’s, Subalpine and Radde’s Warblers, Pallid Swift, American Golden Plover, Swainson’s Thrush and Wilson’s Storm-petrel. Ashley recently became a committee member of the Ryburgh Wildlife Group which manages a small nature reserve in the Norfolk village of Great Ryburgh where all our Norfolk tours are based. Ashley lives in the Norfolk market town of Fakenham with his fiancée Lucy and 3 year-old daughter Lily and enjoys cheering on Norwich City in his spare time.

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