Our birding tours take you from being in the middle of somewhere often to the outer reaches of nowhere and back again.

The Urban Birder Tours (TUB Tours) differ from other birding and wildlife tours because we always include an urban element. Despite urban birding being in our blood we are not shy to wander into the middle of rural idylls in search of wildlife. We always try to choose destinations that are overlooked, unusual and unexpectedly rich in birding. And even with the more familiar locations, we always try to find the sites that others don’t think of or visit often. The TUB Tours 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 a small organisation 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.

We at TUB Tours are proud to announce our tie-up with The Inglorious Bustards. The Bustards are a successful tour operator who particularly specialised in trips to The Straits of Gibraltar, Southern Spain, Morocco, Gambia and Senegal. They share the same level of customer care and are passionate about organising tours that revolve around leisurely wildlife watching and having fun. We have joined forces to create an even more special tour experience.

The various TUB Tours offered are all conceived, designed and organised by TUB Tours but not necessarily led by David Lindo. We have a brilliant team of experienced leaders headed by Niki Williamson and Simon Tonkin (The Inglorious Bustards) 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 first.

Where we use ground agents in other countries we personally put these companies to the test. We visit all the locations 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.

If you have any queries please email us at tubtours@theurbanbirder.com

David Lindo

The Urban Birder

David has been watching birds 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!

Niki Williamson

Niki Williamson

Principal TUB Tour Leader and Co-ordinator

Describing herself as a professional tree-hugger, Niki worked and volunteered for the RSPB for 12 years, managing habitats, brandishing chainsaws with varying levels of threat to limbs (her own and others), honing her birding skills in some of the best wetland, upland and coastal habitats in the UK.

Seeing first hand the challenges faced by journeying birds all across the flyway has given Niki a deep passion for the epic spectacle of migration. This and her love of international adventure makes her an eager addition to The Urban Birder Tours line-up where she now leads wildlife tours full time.

Simon Tonkin

Simon Tonkin

Principal TUB Tour Leader and Co-ordinator

Simon was raised in Plymouth and legend has it he was found on a rubbish tip being raised by gulls. Fulfilling a boyhood dream, Simon went on to work for the RSPB for many years.

Amongst loads of other accolades Simon has worked as the Conservation Manager for Conservation Grade, working on ground-breaking and exciting conservation projects in Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Morocco, Senegal and the Gambia.

Simon now spends his time in Spain and today you are more likely to find him at a far more cultured and less smelly place in the Straits of Gibraltar looking at migrating eagles and discussing government conspiracy theories.

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.

Sacha Barbato

TUB Leader

Sacha started out seeking birds in the 80’s alongside David Lindo in the green urban patches of London. He now resides in the wilder expanses of Norfolk but has never forgotten his urban roots. He has worked in the travel industry for over twenty years and has a wealth of birding experience in over thirty countries including Madagascar, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, throughout Europe and the Americas.