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Private birding tours

Wildstarts is proud to be the popular choice for private birding tours in Sussex, one of Britain's best and most diverse birding areas and within easy reach of London!


Sussex is one of the most exciting counties for birds in Britain. The county's south coast location and wide variety of habitats means Sussex enjoys a enviable suite of resident and migratory bird species. Over 400 species of bird have been recorded in Sussex to date, with around 260 logged every year.

Wildstarts is the only dedicated provider of short, day and dawn-dusk private birdwatching tours in the ornithologist's dream that is Sussex. Whether you're a beginner to birding or have years of experience yourself, our private trips provide an opportunity to sit back, enjoy the birdlife of Sussex and learn along the way.

Your own birding adventure

Private Sussex birding tour with expert guiding. Birdwatching at Pagham Harbour. Nature trips in Sussex.

We can tailor your birding tour to your wishes and needs, whether you're visiting Sussex or you live in the county.

If there are species you particularly want to see, or habitats you're keen to include on the tour, let us know when you book or enquire and we will design an itinerary just for you.

Our guides will pull out all the stops to give the best chances of getting the avian encounters you're after.

Perhaps you've always wanted to see a Hen Harrier or would love to spend some time studying waders on an estuary after enjoying some woodland birdsong — that's what we'll base your tour around!

We're happy to be out from dawn till dusk but we can cater for day trips of any duration.

You're welcome to bring your own lunch but we are very happy to incorporate stops at some of our favourite Sussex pubs and restaurants for lunch or an evening meal for longer tours.

During your Sussex birding tour, we can focus on finding you new birds, building a good day list, identification, bird sounds, or just take it easy for a laid-back birdwatching experience.

Transport within Sussex is provided but we can travel in convoy if you prefer, or even come up with a public transport itinerary if you'd like to do your birding green for the day.

Our team loves nothing more than meeting new people who love birds and helping you see some amazing birds as part of an experience with a difference! Let us know what you want to get out of your Sussex birding day tour.

Getting to us from London

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You can easily reach us from London by train, or we can discuss arranging private transfer — just mention on the service booking form, or the form at the bottom of this page.

You can look at train services at

Several London train stations offer direct services to various destinations in Sussex, where we can collect you for your birding adventure!

  London Victoria

       Offers direct services to our Sussex meeting points at Crawley (in as little as 48 minutes), Brighton, Eastbourne and Worthing.

    London Bridge
       Provides direct trains to our Sussex tour meeting points in Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes.

  London St Pancras International
       Thameslink services from here go directly to Sussex destinations like Brighton and Gatwick Airport.

  London Blackfriars
       Direct trains to locations such as Brighton and Three Bridges.

  London Charing Cross
       Offers direct services to Hastings.



We are very happy to help you find the right service to get to the most convenient meeting point for you.      

Time in nature with family and friends

Our birding trips in Sussex are popular with couples, families and groups of friends who want to spend quality time together outdoors and immersing in nature.

Go home with memories to cherish from a day out experiencing wild birds together in some of Sussex's most beautiful landscapes.

Children under the age of 16 can come for free, vehicle space allowing, and we can arrange tours that cater for the needs of any members of a party with mobility issues.

Private Sussex birding tour with expert guiding. Birdwatching in the South Downs. Nature trips in Sussex.

Explore amazing habitats

Sussex boasts one of the most varied landscapes of anywhere in Britain.

From rolling hills and white cliffs to lush river valleys and heaths rich in gorse, Sussex has such an impressive variety of bird species because of the exciting range of habitats it contains.

Each tour can take in a range of these habitats to maximise the number of species encountered or simply to make for a varied and interesting birding trip.

Home to special birds

The south coast location of Sussex means we get to enjoy so many interesting and unusual bird species, including breeding and wintering visitors, migrating birds on passage and year-round residents.

A winter day's birding could deliver up to 10 species of diurnal bird of prey. We are lucky enough to regularly see all five of Britain's common owl species.

Our heathlands are home to awesome birds like Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Crossbill, Tree Pipit and Goshawk.

Sussex is one of the best places in Britain to find woodland specialities such as Hawfinch, Firecrest, Marsh Tit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

The rolling downs are home to farmland birds like Grey Partridge, Lapwing, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.

The coastline and estuaries of Sussex have spectacular flocks of wintering and migrating waders.

Check out the Sussex birds page to learn more about what is possible on our birding tours in Sussex.

Friendly and knowledgeable guides

Our birding guides live and breathe Sussex birding. They will personally ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable day out, with maximum chances of seeing amazing birds.

David, Matt, Nick and Marc make up our Sussex guiding team.

David Campbell birding guide

David Campbell birding guide

Meet our expert guides for your private Sussex birding tour.

Matt Phelps birding guide

Matt Phelps birding guide

Meet our expert guides for your private Sussex guided birdwatching tour.

Nick Bond birding guide

Nick Bond birding guide

Meet our expert guides for your private Sussex guided wild bird tour.

Marc Read

Marc Read

Enquire about our Sussex birding tours

If you'd like to book a tour or want to ask any questions about our trips and what we offer, please feel free to get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

07928 764818

Thanks for getting in touch!
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