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Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Mike Watson lives with his partner Évi and their son Alexander in Lancashire, England and is the Client Manager for the Birdquest UK office, where he has also built up an enviable set of skills in airline reservations and ticketing.

Mike started birding at an early age in northeast England and is still a keen ‘local patch’ man, although now that patch has become East Lancashire. Mike’s first career was with NatWest bank, where he eventually became a branch manager in Hertfordshire and later Norfolk, but he wisely decided on a complete change of career and joined Birdquest in 2005, rapidly becoming a key member of the team.

Mike has travelled very widely in search of birds, visiting no less than six continents. He has spent considerable periods in the field with János Oláh in Hungary, where he met Évi, and in Romania.

Other areas where he has particular expertise include Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Iceland, much of the rest of continental Europe, Israel, Oman, Bahrain, India (including Ladakh), Southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii and Brazil’s Pantanal.


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Mike Watson will be leading the following tours:

SNOW LEOPARD SPECIAL: LADAKH Friday 1st March 2019 - Thursday 14th March 2019
Tibetan Plateau Extension: 14th March — 18th March
CORSICA Monday 6th May 2019 - Friday 10th May 2019
French Alps (Rock Partridge) Extension: 10th May — 13th May
ICELAND Saturday 8th June 2019 - Sunday 16th June 2019
SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD): A POLAR WILDERNESS Monday 8th July 2019 - Tuesday 23rd July 2019
TEXAS Tuesday 7th April 2020 - Wednesday 22nd April 2020
GALAPAGOS Saturday 23rd May 2020 - Tuesday 2nd June 2020
SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD): A POLAR WILDERNESS Wednesday 8th July 2020 - Thursday 23rd July 2020