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"He's thoughtful, insightful and calming to be around. We really enjoyed the way Simon shared his knowledge and experience. We can thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking for a great birding experience in Scotland."  

Michael & Lynne Spiteri.

Professionally guided birdwatching and wildlife tours in the Cairngorms National Park and Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from £150 per day

" We wanted to thank you for being an excellent guide....the holiday was far better than expected in so many ways. Much of this was thanks to you and your personality and skills. Your vision and knowledge have been inspirational."

Shaun & Janet Dillon














Welcome to Cairngorms Birding.

My name is Simon Pawsey and I am a professional birdwatching and wildlife guide leading fully guided birdwatching trips within the Cairngorms National Park, in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Cairngorms are home to some of our most iconic and celebrated wildlife. Birds such as golden and white-tailed eagles, crested tit, dotterel, ptarmigan, black and red-throated divers, slavonian grebe and crossbills, to name but a few, can all be found in and around the Cairngorms.                                                                                                                                 

Add to this the chance of seeing some of our most enigmatic mammals such as Red Deer, Otter, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel and Mountain Hare and it becomes clear that this is an area unique in the United Kingdom.

These animals exist here because of a range of specialised habitats. From the tundra like plateau of the Cairngorm mountains, to stands of Caledonian Scots Pine forests, the Cairngorms is a wild land full of natural wonder, expectation and possibility.

The Cairngorms National Park is a perfect base from which to explore the Moray and north-eastern coastlines which are a short drive away. With nationally important numbers of wintering sea duck such as long-tailed duck, velvet scoter and greater scaup arriving in the autumn, together with vast flocks of pink-footed geese and thousands of wintering waders, the birding possibilities can seem limitless and it becomes apparent that a guided birdwatching trip with me in and around the Cairngorms is a truly memorable and rewarding experience.














Simon Pawsey

" Just WOW ! What an amazing day. Thank you so much. We both really enjoyed our time with you and the birds you helped us to connect with. The highlight was the eagles, I didn't expect to get both within fifteen minutes." 

Alan & Deb Bright  - AUGUST 2020

"Thank you for three wonderful days birdwatching. You gave us not only a great list of birds, but also so much background information. The combination of your expertise, enthusiasm and companionship has given us a truly memorable holiday."

John & Rita Rainsden

                                                  ***CAPERCAILLIE POLICY***

Capercaillie are now critically endangered as a breeding species in the UK. There are a number of reasons for this, but one of those is disturbance. I no longer guide for Capercaillie for this reason. I respectfully ask any visiting birders not to go purposefully looking for capercaillie at any time of the year. If you are in Scots Pine woodland looking for other species please keep to the tracks. Thankyou.

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