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Dr. Bob Gibbons (main tour leader, and proprietor of Natural History Travel) has been described as ‘one of Britain’s best naturalists’. He has written about 40 books to date, on many aspects of natural history and photography, including several floras, an acclaimed field guide to dragonflies, several field guides to insects, a guide to the National Parks and wild places of Europe, guides to the wildlife sites of France, Greece, and many more. He took most of the photographs for the widely-publicised Flora Britannica project, worked with Plantlife on a book showing British flowers at their best (Flowers at my Feet, HarperCollins)  and wrote regular articles for British Wildlife magazine, and other publications. His recent book on “the most flowery places in the world”, was published as Wildflower Wonders of the World, simultaneously in the UK and USA, and has recently been re-issued in paperback. He has just completed a series of pocket field guides to flowers, trees, insects, and butterflies for Bloomsbury.

 After working for many years in nature conservation, he is now a freelance author, photographer, lecturer, and, until recently, a Visiting Fellow at Southampton University. He has led numerous tours to many European destinations, as well as to more exotic destinations such as the Himalayas, Costa Rica, South Africa, Namibia, Equador, and the Galapagos.  He can be contacted directly for any queries about the tours at 24 Newborough Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1RD,  ( 01202 849142; or 


Dr. Martin Warren (Cevennes and Vercors) was Director of  the charity Butterfly Conservation until recently, and has been involved with butterfly ecology for over 25 years. He is co-author of the Millennium Atlas of Butterflies in Britain and Ireland, the first Red Data book of European butterflies, and, together with colleagues in Holland, a book on Prime Butterfly Areas in Europe. He has studied the ecology of a wide range of butterflies, and has co-led several previous tours.


John Stobart & Imogen Davenport (Romania) work in nature conservation in Dorset. Both are excellent and enthusiastic all-round naturalists. John’s particular interests are mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and Imogen has a special interest in plants, and they are both closely involved with the conservation of bats.


Dominic Couzens (mainland Greece) is a professional writer and field trip leader, and noted birder. He has written numerous books and hundreds of articles for such publications as Bird Watching, BBC Wildlife and BBC Countryfile. His particular passion is birds, but mammals are not far behind. He has led, or co-led many tours. His website is:

Andrew Branson (Sardinia) founded the magazine British Wildlife, and edited it for its first 25 years. He is an excellent all-round naturalist, and has previously co-led tours to the Burren and the Vercors.


Sunvil Travel are long-established tour operators with particular expertise in the Greek-speaking world. Their chairman, Noel Josephides, is well known in the travel business, and is a past president of AITO (Association of Independent Travel Operators). He is widely respected as a committed supporter of the environmental movement in tourism, which he has done a great deal to promote. Sunvil run package tours for the discerning traveller to many parts of Europe, and elsewhere world-wide, as well as making arrangements for independent travellers. Their brochures can be obtained from Sunvil House, Upper Square, Old Isleworth,  TW7 7BJ. Our contact here is Jane Naylor: (: 0208-758-4712 direct line for Jane, or 0208-568-4499 for general office;  Fax: 0208-568-8330. Website:

                       Bob Gibbons                      John & Imogen                  Martin Warren                     Dick Hornby                     Eric Lamont


                             Dominic Couzens                                                                                Andy Branson

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