Holidays and Events

For any queries about the following holidays or events with Mark, please email Rachel Ashton or telephone +44 (0) 117 904 8934

The best whale watching on Earth!

Mark was among the first to start whale-watching tours to Baja California, Mexico, and he has led trips there up to four times a year, every year, since 1999.
The best whale watching on Earth!

2020 & 2021 dates:
8-20 February, 23 February-7 March [6 March 2020 as it's Leap Year],
10-22 March, 9-21 April


Places available on all four trips except 10-22 March 2020; 2 places left on 23 February-7 March 2020 (single female & single male)

"I've been whale-watching for more than 30 years in more than 50 countries, and Baja is by far the best place for the closest and most varied encounters with a wide variety of species. The Spirit of Adventure is my favourite vessel in the region, and between early February and late April is the prime time to go"

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    Click here to buy Mark's brilliant new book which has a chapter about whale watching in Baja California.

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Galapagos Day 2019

Threats to endangered birds and reptiles
Galapagos Day 2019

WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER, 7pm-10pm, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Mark hosts Galapagos Conservation Trust's evening in aid of endangered wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago.

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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Ball

A celebration of 35 years of wildlife conservation at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation – Mark is Master of Ceremonies at this glittering fund-raising ball
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Ball

FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 7pm, The Dorchester, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
The Wildlife Ball is David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's (DSWF) annual celebration of art and wildlife and is a real highlight in the conservation charity calendar, raising thousands of pounds for endangered wildlife. Mark (who is DSWF's Vice-President and Conservation Advisor) is this year's MC, and will be joined by wildlife-passionate celebrities for a memorable night of entertainment – all in aid of endangered species.

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Never, Ever, Ever Write a Field Guide, and other entertaining stories

In aid of Avon Wildlife Trust (Mark is Vice-President)
Never, Ever, Ever Write a Field Guide, and other entertaining stories

Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Space, 5 Temple Street, Keynsham BS31 1HA

In this highly entertaining talk, Mark talks about his latest book, the Handbook of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. We all use field guides. We take them for granted. But what is actually involved in putting one together? Can it really take two long days to produce a single distribution map? Does it really matter if you describe an animal’s colour as bluish-grey or greyish-blue? Do you really have to read 23 scientific papers just to calculate a species’ population size (which is basically four words – ’world population 60,000-70,000’ – in a book of 200,000 words? And then there’s all the artwork - three wildlife artists sitting on their own in their studios, day and night, week in, week out, slowing going mad, producing more than 1,000 pieces of original artwork. In this hilarious moan chat, Mark offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s been like to work on a comprehensive field guide to the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises for the past six years. It was supposed to be two years – the publisher’s original deadline has been lost in the mists of time – but it seems to have taken quite a bit longer than expected. And, along the way, he raves about some of some of his favourite – and some of the most extraordinary – animals on the planet.

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Festival of Wildlife in the High Arctic

Join Mark on a wildlife extravaganza to Spitzbergen, Arctic Norway (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Festival of Wildlife in the High Arctic

12 - 22 May 2020

Join Mark on the ever-popular Festival of Wildlife to Spitzbergen, Arctic Norway, concentrating on polar bears, walruses, vast seabird colonies, glaciers and glorious icy landscapes. He will be joined by many expert naturalists and wildlife photographers for a truly entertaining and inspiring adventure.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide T: 01962-302-086; E: reservations@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Wrangel Island Expedition Cruise

A very special expedition, with outstanding photographic opportunities, to one of the least explored wildernesses on Earth (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Wrangel Island Expedition Cruise

18 July - 4 August 2020

This 14-night expedition cruise travels along the Chukotka Peninsula, across the Bering Strait (which separates Russia from the United States), crosses the Arctic Circle, continues west along the wild coastline of Siberia, and then 140km further north to one of the most remote wildlife hotspots in the world: Wrangel Island. It boasts an astonishing abundance of wildlife, including the largest polar bear denning ground in the world and is home to Pacific walruses, wolverines, muskoxen, vast seabird colonies, and much, much more. We will enjoy lots of Zodiac cruises, and plenty of landings. Add mammoth tusks, hundreds of tundra plant species, phenomenal geological formations, and you can begin to understand why this High Arctic island is so special. With landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide (t: 01962 302 086); sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

Join Mark on two fabulous new trips to the Great Bear Rainforest
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

2 - 12 September 2020 FULLY BOOKED (waitlists available)
10 - 20 September 2020 FULLY BOOKED (waitlists available)

Here is a fabulous opportunity to join Mark’s exclusive 11-night boat charters to explore the Great Bear Rainforest. One of the greatest and most wildlife-rich wildernesses on Earth, it is the largest remaining tract of intact temperate rainforest left in the world and is home to whales, bears and a host of other wonderful North American wildlife.

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Frozen South Adventure, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (via the Falkland Islands)

We’ve combined all the very best wildlife and wild places in this one outstanding trip. If you’re going to make the journey to the bottom of the world you might as well do it properly – as once-in-a-lifetime experiences go, it doesn’t get much better (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Frozen South Adventure, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula (via the Falkland Islands)

12 November - 1 December 2020 (plus travel to and from Ushuaia, southern tip of Argentina)

We’ll visit prime sites in the Falkland Islands, around the remote island of South Georgia, along the breathtakingly beautiful Antarctic Peninsula and in the South Shetland Islands to see a mind-boggling variety of wildlife and wild places. With landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide (t: 01962 302 086); sales@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Festival of Bears, Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada

Super bear-viewing and opportunities to see killer whales, humpback whales, and more (organised by Wildlife Worldwide)
Festival of Bears, Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada

Dates:
30 September - 8 October 2021

Mark joins Chris Breen from Wildlife Worldwide for the 2021 Festival of Bears at Knight Inlet Lodge, British Columbia.

Organised by Wildlife Worldwide T: 01962-302-086; E: reservations@wildlifeworldwide.com

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Wildlife Photography Workshops

Mark runs hugely popular wildlife photography one-day workshops, usually at Wildfowl and Wetland Centres. They are open to beginners as well as more experienced photographers, the main objectives being :-

  • 1. To help you improve your photographic skills with a combination of lectures and practical sessions.
  • 2. To inspire you with lots of thoughts, suggestions and ideas.
  • 3. To answer your questions about anything from how to set up your camera to how to get your pictures published.
  • 4. To have fun!

To keep updated about Mark’s workshops, please email rachel@markcarwardine.com

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And finally ... carbon offsetting your flights

And finally ... carbon offsetting your flights We use the World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme which enables travellers to offset their residual greenhouse gas emissions through the protection and restoration of carbon-rich wildlife habitats in the tropics.

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