About Me

I was born and raised here in Norfolk, the birder’s paradise and have spent more than 35 years birding all over the county. I am now based in Cockley Cley; an ideal position from which to see the Breckland bird specialities, especially Stone-curlew, Goshawk, Willow Tit and Nightjars, and still be within easy reach of the species-rich Norfolk coast!

As well as my passion for British bird species, I have birded extensively around the world seeing over 7000 species along the way. I have led international birding tours to India, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Uganda, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand and Laos. 

I am available to guide birding days around the Norfolk brecklands as well as the coast, for groups ranging from the inexperienced but keen to learn, through to the experienced foreign birder who wants to see the best of Norfolk’s birding life on a tight schedule.

I am also available to lead private parties, individuals and groups, or for corporate or team building events. Beginners and children are welcome, help with identification will always be given.

Ashley Banwell

April 2016

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Ashley: I am planning a solo birding trip to the Bismarck Islands this summer. I found your report of when you birded the area last year. Do you have additional information on logistics, birding sites, etc., that you are willing to share?
    Thank You


  2. Hi Ashley,
    I’m hoping you could tell me whereabouts is the best place to view the Hawfinch roost at Lynford Arboretum? We’ve never seen more than 2 or 3 around the paddock.
    Neil Stephenson


  3. Hi Ashley

    I am from Colombia and work on shorebirds, I found out you recorded a Hudsonian Godwit in 2006 in Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta (https://www.surfbirds.com/gallery/search2.php?species=Hudsonian%20Godwit&photographer=&location=&country=&start=41). Now I am writing a paper about noteworthy records of rare shorebirds in Colombia and I would like to add your register in this publication. Could you please tell me if I can include your record in the manuscript? Have you written anything else about this record? How can I cite you? Thanks in advance!


  4. Hi Ashley I am wondering if you can help me at all with Long Eared Owls in Norfolk I have never been so lucky yo have seen one. I would be very grateful for some help.


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