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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


ACE Nature Tours brochure


To view the full range of ACE Nature Tours please click on the image above or contact the ACE office to request a brochure.


The Coto Doñana & Seville at Christmas

Dec 22 – 29, 2017; £1795

Wildlife & Walking in Extremadura 

Apr 19 – 26, 2017; £1495

Wild & Ancient Dartmoor 

May 15 - 18, 2017; £725

Islay, Jura & Colonsay

June 20 - 27, 2017; £1725

Wildlife of the Borders 

July 3 - 8, 2017; £1095

Wild & Ancient Orkney 

July 8 - 15, 2017; £1715

Arctic Finland & Norway 

August 4 - 12, 2017; £2295

South Africa: Flowers of the Fairest Cape 

September 1 - 16, 2017; £3695

Isles of Sciliy 

September 5 - 12, 2017; £2065

Corsica: Rugged Isle of Beauty 

September 10 - 17, 2017; £2095

New Caledonia: Heart of the Pacific 

October 7 - 23, 2017; £6045

Wildlife of Albania 

October 13 - 20, 2017; £1845