Birdwatching Ukraine - we are a small travel company that organizes outdoor activities in the territory of Western Ukraine. Over the past few years we have organised kayaking and rafting tours on the Upper part of the Dnister river. One of the main aspects of our business is organizing ornithological tours. We provide personal guidance and assistance for individual birdwatchers and for small groups in Western Ukraine.
Our goal is to increase the popularity of birding in this beautiful part of Ukraine.
Team leader - Roman Ivacenko.
I am an Experienced instructor and a keen Enthusiastic Birdwatcher.
From 2003 to 2013 lived and worked in Ireland, where my love for birdwatching flourished.
Photo captured near Torc Waterfall
"Ring of Kerry", Ireland.
Ornithological tour through the "Bird Kingdom of Galicia"
During this tour we will visit several amazing locations for birdwatching.
Firstly we will head to the Upper part of the Dnister river. We will spend three-day birdwatching - rafting down one of the Europeans most scenic canyons, the Dnister Canyon. Worth mentioning that this location is ideal for even the most novice rowers, with very calm waters (no rapids at all).
This trip has it all - spectacular views of the red-rock banks, steep canyon walls, gentle meanders of the Dnister River and of course many different species of birds. In the shallows at the water edge you can see such birds as: Black Stork, White Stork, Great White Egret, Little Egret and Grey Heron...
In shrubs and woods that grow along a river bank you can also see: Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Common Rosefinch, Thrush Nightingale, Lesser Whitethroat, River Warbler.
Accommodation and location
We are located on the western part of Ukraine in the subcarpathian region, near the border of EU.
Within 70 km from us are located: Dnister Canyon, Ukrainian part of Carpathian Mountains, Galician National Park.
We have prepared several rooms for birdwatchers at the "White Stork House".
In the back garden we have a rest zone with gazebo and BBQ area. Ideal after a long day birdwatching, to relax and prepare for the next full days travel.
Regular garden visitors are such birds: Black Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Serin, etc. In the field around us you can see: Corncrake, Grey Partridge, Quail, Red-backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike (pale Ukrainian race), Yellow Wagtail (blue-headed race), White Stork, Marsh Harrier and others.
1. Transfers from/to Lviv Airport.
2. Comfortable accommodation with double and single rooms. Only during our journey through the Dnister Canyon we will spend two nights in tents (camping equipment will be provided).
3. Three meal per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner.
(But excepting breakfast on first day and dinner on last day of tour).
4. Non alcoholic drinks.
5. Local transportation by minibus.
6. English speaking guide.
7. Enter fees to the Galician National Park.
Price does not include:
- Transport to and from Ukraine.
- Travel insurance.
- Alcoholic drinks and cigarettes.
- Telephone calls.
Prices for the Tours 2018:
7 days/6 nights
The cost of the tour is:
€550 per person for the small groups (2-4 persons).
€140 per day for individual birdwatchers.
Schedule of tours for 2018
We provide tours during the summer (from June to August).
3 June — 9 June
10 June — 16 June
17 June — 23 June
24 June — 30 June
1 July — 7 July
8 July — 14 July
15 July — 21 July
22 July — 28 July
29 July — 4 August
5 August— 11 August
12 August— 18 August
19 August— 25 August
Schedule of tours for 2019
2 June — 8 June
9 June — 15 June
16 June — 22 June
23 June — 29 June
30 June — 6 July
7 July — 13 July
14 July — 20 July
21 July — 27 July
28 July — 3 August
4 August — 10 August
11 August — 17 August
18 August — 24 August
25 August — 31 August
If our Scheduled Tours do not fit your travel plans or you have special requests regarding the birds, we can prepare a personalized itinerary.
Meeting at Lviv airport.
Transfer to "White Stork House" (Kalush town - 2,5 drive hours). The schedule of this day depends on the arrival time to "White Stork House". Usually it's a short walk round the fields to a small river or a trip to fish ponds located nearby.
We will head to the Upper part of the Dnister River (Dnister Canyon).
We will visit the fish ponds in the Galician National Park.
This is the day for forest bird-watching. We will visit the old beech forest.
Morning birding near "White Stork House". Later on, transfer to Lviv airport.
The daily programs are subject to the weather conditions. We reserve the right to change the order of the programs to choose best days for visiting Dnister Canyon.