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ACE Nature Tours


Introduction from Dr Roland Randall

As one of ACE’s longest standing tour directors, I am delighted to introduce to you the first brochure dedicated entirely to its rich and comprehensive nature programme. The timing is particularly important as – having led tours for ACE since the 1980s – I will soon be retiring and handing over the tour directing reins to my colleagues, while continuing to take an active role in developing the natural history programme.

An intriguing blend

Marcus Kohler for example – a keen bird and animal ecologist – has recently developed a fascinating autumn tour to the Isles of Scilly to coincide with the bird migration, interwoven with many other aspects of these islands, including their Bronze and Iron Age past.

Since I started working for ACE, a number of highly experienced and engaging tour leaders have come on board, including Dr Peter Exley, geologist Dr Morag Hunter, biogeographer and Mediterranean specialist Dr Harriet Allan and botanist Professor John Parker. These experts have impressed me not only in their specialist subjects, but also in the broader ecology of the areas in which they have researched.

This absorbing combination exemplifies a hallmark of ACE’s approach to natural history – an immersive blend of natural history with history, archaeology, geology and landscape (and, of course, good food!) that is hard to find elsewhere. There is always something new for the general interest traveller, but also opportunities for the more specialised person to hone their ornithological or botanical skills in company with an expert in the field.

The on-tour experience

Most of our tours take us out into the field throughout the day, exploring the ecology of the localities in which we are staying. In the evening, either before or after dinner, there is the opportunity to hear a talk, enter into discussions or review the highlights of the day (or go to the bar or to bed instead!). Nothing is compulsory, but most people find an in-depth look at natural history and how it impinges on, and is affected by, other subjects, an intriguing and rewarding experience.

Roland Randall, botanist, biogeographer and Chair of Trustees, The ACE Foundation



South Africa: Flowers of the Fairest Cape

September 1 - 16, 2017; £3695 | John Parker

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

Travel through the magnificent scenery of the Cape, from sandy coastlines to rugged mountains, at a time when the landscape is carpeted with dazzling displays of spring flowers


Isles of Sciliy 

September 5 - 12, 2017; £2065 | Marcus Kohler

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

More peaceful and relaxed than mainland Britain, Scilly embraces five inhabited islands and dozens of rocky outcrops, rich in sea birds. Our September tour with ecologist and ornithologist Marcus Kohler concentrates on the birdlife of the isles and coincides with the flow of autumn migration.


Corsica: Rugged Isle of Beauty 

September 10 - 17, 2017; £2095 | Peter Exley

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

Explore the diverse scenery of Corsica at a time when comfortable temperatures and verdant landscapes make for one the most pleasant months to visit.


New Caledonia: Heart of the Pacific

October 7 - 23, 2017; £6045 | Mark Hanger

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

This new natural history tour travels to the astonishing islands found halfway between Australia and Fiji, offering the chance to experience the wonders of the natural world.


Wildlife of Albania

October 13 - 20, 2017; £1845 | Kevin Hand

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

Albania's forested landscapes and coastal lagoons reveal a walth of flora and fauna on this natural history tour.


2018 TOURS

Somerset levels in Winter

Feb 14 - 17, 2018; £595 | Peter Exley


Islay, Jura & Colonsay

Jun 19-26, 2018; £1795 | Kevin Hand

Islay, the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, will be our base for this rewarding study of the area’s flora and fauna. More >>


South Africa

Aug 31 - Sep 5, 2018; £4495 | John Parker


ACE Nature Tours brochure

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