When it comes to birding, Andrea is “Mr Sicily”! Born and raised in Siracusa in southeast Sicily, he is the island’s foremost ornithologist and one of the leading voices in birdwatching and conservation in Italy today.
A prolific writer, Andrea is author of the Avifauna di Sicilia and has written or co-authored a further 300 or so other books, papers and articles - covering everything from bird migration, identification and taxonomy to the status and distribution of birds within Italy and Europe! He is the Italian authority for Birding World, Dutch Birding and Birdwatch magazines, writing the monthly birding reports for each of those journals. Andrea has also co-ordinated or taken part in dozens of ornithological research projects, in Italy and overseas, for conservation bodies including LIPU, WWF, RSPB and BirdLife International.
During the course of his work he has travelled extensively within the Western Palearctic, as well as visiting Russia and Asia several times. He is presently working on three books and more than one hundred ornithological articles.
Andrea still lives at Siracusa, watching birds and enjoying life, and says he would never change this town for any other... and having been there ourselves, who can blame him! Andrea’s natural enthusiasm, infectious humour and Italian charm make him an unbeatable leader for this tour - one that he originated and first led for us in April 2010. With a fine singing voice, he may even serenade us on tour!