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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:

SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD): A POLAR WILDERNESS Monday 8th July 2019 - Tuesday 23rd July 2019
SNOW LEOPARD SPECIAL: LADAKH Sunday 1st March 2020 - Saturday 14th March 2020
Tibetan Plateau Extension: 14th March — 18th March
TEXAS Tuesday 7th April 2020 - Wednesday 22nd April 2020
GALAPAGOS Saturday 23rd May 2020 - Tuesday 2nd June 2020
SPITSBERGEN (SVALBARD): A POLAR WILDERNESS Thursday 9th July 2020 - Friday 24th July 2020