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Local Birdwatchers

Using the Birdingpal resources you must agree to the following: If you contact a local Birdingpal and make arrangement to go birding, you should note it is common courtesy to make sure you show up for the appointment. If for any reason you are unable to do this, the least you must do is contacting the local Pal right away.
Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
M Walters Napels, Campania Anytime Italian, English, French, German
I belong to several associations (e.g. ARDEA, ASOIM) which are actively engaged in environmental monitoring and education. I am also a member of EBN Italia.
A Marcone Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Anytime Italian, English, French

A Alfonsi Roma, Latium Weekend English
B D'Amicis Roma, Latium/Abruzzo Weekend English
A Iacopi Genova, Liguria Weekend English

G Benedetti Brescia, Lombardy anytime English, Espanol
I'm a "total" wildlife photographer and I especially birds, I try to capture images using varied and creative techniques, both creating hide photography situations or wearing my usual office clothes!

I have a vast experience of wildlife travelling around Europe and I'm always interested in bird spots exchange with people from all around the world.

Being Italian I'm also a food and wine lover and I always pair those with great birding experiences!
Garda Lake, Isola della Cona, Gran Paradiso, Finland National Parks

Area Birds:
Ardeidae, Piccidae, Little Owl, Golden Eagle
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, swimming, beach, snowmobiling, sky diving Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, arboretum, tech Attend: computer games

J Angelini Fabriano, Acona, Marche Weekend Italian, English
President of WWF marche, conservationist, ornithologist, author of many scientific pubblications about birds of Central Italy (Lanner, Peregrine, Red kite, Chough and Golden Eagle) and check list birds regional park Frasassi's Rossa gorges.

V. Alfano Pesaro Urbino, Marche Anytime Italiano, English ,Espanol

Area Birds:
Hortulan Bunting, Orphean Warbler and many other Mediterranean species
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech
Attend: concert, theatre, live music, swap
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop,

R Lascaro Matera Weekend Italian, English
Matera (Unesco site along with the Regional Park of the rupestrian churches)hosts one of the biggest synanthropic breeding colony of Lesser kestrel. Two IBA are close to the city. Many birds of prey can be seen: Red and Black kites, Buzzards, Short-toed eagles and Lanner falcons and Egyptian vultures too and more. There's a lake close to the city, which is natural reserve.
N Noranten Termoli, Molise Anytime Italian, English
A Nitti Molfetta, Puglia Weekend Italian, English
M Bocca Turin, Torino Anytime Italian, English, French
E Bosi Lucca, Toscana Anytime English


  Carlo Castellani Maltraverso/Poggibonsi, Tuscany Anytime Italian, English, Spanish, Dutch
  I own an apartment in an old countryside villa in Tuscany I seldom use myself.
The place is surely valuable for classic tourism as it is located in a strategic position for visiting the most famous art towns, for those having a vehicle; not very special for birding, but anyway with a surrounding of woods, fields, wineyards were guests could walk undisturbed.

My idea is just to provide those interested with a check-list of species within walking distance with period of their presence and likelihood of sighting.

I offer a free room to birders through Birdingpal

"Spent 4 days with PGreen and her friend. Beautiful persons. They camped at my place, we took walks in the countryside, enjoying any common bird during perfect June days. Being able to show birders new birds is as good as gaining a lifer myself. Having dinner enjoying my wife's food, sunset, and a short walk to see the nightjar's display.

I hope to meet more birders like them, enjoying any bird, the flavor of nature and having good conversation."
- CCastellani

Area Birds:
Check out my checklist Checklist of Birds to be Found within Walking Distance around Maltraverso (in colour)
My partner Jeremy and I had great visits to Tom and Melissa in Mugnanese and Carlo in Poggibonsi on our recent campervan travels in Italy.

We were shown exceptional hospitality and shared local birding knowledge with terrific generosity and good humour.

We highly recommend BirdingPal to enable you to add some birdwatching to your holiday that would otherwise not be possible.
- Many thanks. P. Green

Nature: birdwatching

C Marti Umbria, southern Tuscany Anytime Italian, English, French, Spanish
T Cullinan Mugnanese, Umbria Anytime English and I can cope in: French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, German
We (Tom and Melissa) are very keen birdwatchers and know Umbria well. Near us the historic towns of Umbria and Tuscany provide excellent scope for birdwatchers. On the lake near the village are grebes, kingfishers, cormorants, herons, yellow-legged gull, cuckoos, greater spotted woodpecker, marsh harrier and many types of reed warbler. Around the fields and villages are snake eagles, kestrels, turtle doves, owls (little and Scops), bee-eaters, hoopoes, green woodpeckers, nightingales, many warblers (including Sardinian, Subalpine and Blackcap), long-tailed, great and blue tits, nuthatches, golden orioles, jays, magpies, Italian and tree sparrows. We can also help with ideas for birdwatching if you are planning a trip to central Italy but won't be near us or are looking for special birds.

Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
R Gildi Roma, Central Italy Anytime Italian, English
I was born in Rome where I live and work, I have a bookshop for naturalists where I sell books about nature and field guide and this is the only one book store of nature specialized in Italy.
I have been interested in birds and nature since i was 20 years old. I like photographers and birdwatchers and I know the best place for birdwatching in central Italy. For the last 10 years I have been teaching birdwatching. I work with LIPU (Italian association for protection of birds).
M Valtriani Tuscany, Central Italy, Po Delta Anytime Italian, English
Marco is a biology graduate of Pisa University, where he wrote a thesis on shorebird ecology in the Maremma. Over the past sixteen years, he has been involved in a number of important ornithological studies as a consultant and data collector. He puts his extensive knowledge of Italian birds and birding to use as a guide, an environmental education, and a tour planner.
M Grussu Cagliari, Sardinia Anytime Italian, English, French
Marcello lives in Cagliari, in the south of Sardinia. He has been working as a freelance guide for about 25 years for different associations and companies either Italian and other Europeans for ornithological and bird watching trips in Sardinia and North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco). He has studied birds in many countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East area. In Sardinia, Marcello has acquired an unique experience above the birds of his own island and discovering new breeding species (some of which: Phoenicopterus roseus and Bubulcus Ibis which were on the Italian news), and numerous rarities (some of which: Calidris ruficollis and Lanius isabellinus which were on the Italian firsts).
He also published the Checklist of birds of Sardinia

Birder Friendly Lodging

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