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Mark Van Beirs

Mark Van Beirs

Mark Van Beirs lives with his partner Kathleen and daughter Caroline near Ghent, Belgium and has guided a truly remarkable number of tours for Birdquest.

Born and raised in Ghent, he was soon travelling abroad in search of birds, firstly all over Europe but soon throughout the world. His varied career has included a spell in a travel agency and fifteen months working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos and in the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador.

Mark’s impressive fluency in six languages and invariably cheerful manner allow him to travel with ease anywhere on earth and he has now visited well over 100 countries!

He has a wide-ranging knowledge of birds, but he is particularly interested in the Neotropics, where he has travelled very extensively indeed and spent many years in the field. Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Southwest Pacific and Mongolia are other favourite areas, although in reality he now feels at home almost anywhere.

Mark has now observed around 9000 species of birds, but he also gets very excited about mammals and at night likes to indulge in stargazing.


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Mark Van Beirs will be leading the following tours:

NORTHERN PERU Thursday 1st August 2019 - Tuesday 20th August 2019
SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE Saturday 31st August 2019 - Sunday 8th September 2019
WEST PAPUA EXPEDITION Monday 28th October 2019 - Sunday 10th November 2019
Snow Mountain Robin Extension: 23rd October — 28th October
MALAWI Sunday 17th November 2019 - Saturday 30th November 2019
HONDURAS Wednesday 12th February 2020 - Friday 28th February 2020
THE YUCATAN PENINSULA, MEXICO Wednesday 4th March 2020 - Sunday 15th March 2020
ATLANTIC ODYSSEY Sunday 29th March 2020 - Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Antarctic Peninsula Extension: 20th March — 29th March
St Helena to Ascension & Cape Verde Islands Extension: 22nd April — 2nd May
THE LESSER ANTILLES Tuesday 9th June 2020 - Wednesday 24th June 2020
Trinidad Extension: 24th June — 29th June
SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE Saturday 29th August 2020 - Sunday 6th September 2020
PITCAIRN, HENDERSON & THE TUAMOTUS Tuesday 6th October 2020 - Tuesday 20th October 2020
FRENCH POLYNESIA & THE COOK ISLANDS Tuesday 20th October 2020 - Thursday 5th November 2020
Cook Islands Extension: 5th November — 11th November
SIERRA LEONE Thursday 14th January 2021 - Thursday 28th January 2021
HISPANIOLA (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) & PUERTO RICO with JAMAICA & THE BAHAMAS Friday 2nd April 2021 - Thursday 15th April 2021
Jamaica Extension: 26th March — 1st April
Bahamas Extension: 16th April — 20th April