Our birding tours take you from the middle of the concrete jungle to the middle of nowhere and back again.

The Urban Birder World Tours (TUBW Tours) differ from other birding and wildlife tours in that we always include an urban birding element. Even if the destination is Antarctica we will find an urban spot to do some birding! Despite urban birding being in our blood we are not shy to wander into the middle of rural idylls in search of wildlife. We work hard to choose destinations that are often overlooked, unusual and unexpectedly rich for birding and other wildlife. And even with the more familiar countries and locations, we always try to find the sites that others don’t think of or visit often. Our ethos is based on leisurely birding and certainly does not involve rushing around ticking lists and chasing after rarities. We’re into fully enjoying the wildlife that we discover and we also love having fun, soaking up the local culture. There is also a very strong conservation element too. Often within our itineraries will take the time to visit small local NGO’s carrying out vital work that is often not known about in the wider world. We will certainly always give you the conservational back stories to the places we visit and the wildlife that we encounter.

The various TUBW Tours offered are all conceived, designed and organised by our TUBW Tours team, but not necessarily led by David Lindo, The Urban Birder. We have a brilliant team of experienced leaders who are all experienced urban birders that know and love their birds and other wildlife. Our leaders will fully cater for you making sure that you don’t miss a feather, tuft of fur or antennae and will always lead tours at your pace putting your needs and safety first.

Where we use ground agents in other countries we put these companies to the test. We visit all the locations personally and do the tours ourselves to make sure that all is well. Please be assured that we consider your safety, enjoyment and peace of mind as paramount. Terms and conditions, travel insurance advice and healthcare guidance can be found within the booking details of each tour.

For flight bookings we recommend you contact Sacha Barbato +44 (0)1603 360 099 – sacha.barbato@travelcounsellors.com.

Working under the umbrella of the ATOL Bonded Travel Counsellors he will be on hand to assist you with all aspects of your travel needs. Sacha is also a knowledgeable birder and has been working in the travel industry for over twenty years. He has personal experience of many of the destinations that TUBW Tours has to offer.

He will be able to book any flight or hotel that may be required outside of our specified tour inclusions. Plus, he can also offer travel insurance if you do not already have any in place.


All of the countries in which we are operating tours are currently welcoming British tourists, but please check with the tourism advice issued by your government, if outside the UK. None of these countries require you to take a Covid-19 test on (or before) arrival nor are there any quarantine requirements once you arrive in the countries or when you return to the UK. Again, please check the requirements if are from outside the UK. These are uncertain times and situations can alter overnight when it comes to Covid-19. Therefore, if we have to cancel your tour you will have the opportunity to join the same tour on reconvened dates or receive a full refund. Please see our Covid-19 tour provisions here. Your safety along with the safety your guides and auxiliary staff are of paramount importance. We will strictly adhere to the appropriate social distancing and Covid-19 safety rules and would ask you to comply too.

View our Covid-19 guidelines here.

If you have any queries please email us at tours@theurbanbirderworld.com.

The Urban Birder Tour Team

David Lindo

The Urban Birder & TUB Tour Designer

David has been watching bird since the devil was a boy and spent his childhood and youth learning about the birds in his urban neighbourhood. He has now visited over 250 cities worldwide in search of birds but despite his moniker, he is equally at home on a deserted island – provided there are birds to watch!

Howard Vaughan

TUB Leader

Birding has been in Howard’s blood ever since picking up a pair of bins as child in 1977. Now the warden at RSPB Rainham Marshes, Howard has over 35 years of knowledge, passion and insight into birds and other wildlife both close to home and further afield.

Gary Elton

TUB Leader

Gary’s been a keen birder from the tender age of nine He spent the majority of his early years birding near his childhood home, in and around North West London.

Tour leading has become a major part of his working life and his recent destinations include Israel, Northern Greece, Iceland, Spain, Bulgaria and The Gambia with other visits to Goa, Morocco, Switzerland, Mexico and North and South America. His other work also revolves around birds, primarily working off shore gathering data on seabirds and cetaceans.