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
October 7 - 23, 2017; £6045 | Mark Hanger
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.
October 13 - 20, 2017; £1845 | Kevin Hand
Albania's forested landscapes and coastal lagoons reveal a walth of flora and fauna on this natural history tour.
Feb 3 – 16, 2018; £3295 | Marcus Kohler
Experience Sri Lanka’s captivating landscape and fascinating wildlife and explore the Yala National Park during two safari visits, observing herds of spotted deer and water buffalo. More>>
Feb 14 - 17, 2018; £595 | Peter Exley
Join the RSPB’s Peter Exley on this winter wildlife tour to look out for Somerset’s growing flock of cranes, recently reintroduced after a 400 year absence. More>>
Apr 17 – 24, 2018; £1895 | Kevin Hand & Harriet Allen
Discover Sardinia’s wonderful flora and fauna in a variety of habitats including coastal lagoons, cork oak woodland, and karstic mountain landscapes. More>>
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 >>
May 2 - 9, 2018; £1695 | Kevin Hand
Wander over rolling plains and through cork and holm oak dehesas in one of the most untouched areas of Spain. More>>
Jul 8 – 15, 2018; £3795 | Harriet Allen
Uncover Iceland’s extraordinary natural history through visits to several of the country’s glaciers, waterfalls and steaming vents– including its largest ice cap,Vatnajökull. More>>
Aug 31 - Sep 5, 2018; £4495 | John Parker
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. More>>
ACE Nature Tours brochure
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