Hungary has a very diverse flora and fauna. It is a perfect place to see threatened and exciting species rare elsewhere in Europe.
The Bükk National Park is one of the foremost areas in which you can experience this flora and fauna, and Rob De Jong, one of the leading English-speaking wildlife guides in the country, will help you fully appreciate Hungary's largest protected area.
Rob is a biologist by profession and has been living in the Bukk for many years. He can organise a variety of guided activities
Depending on the species you are interested in Rob will eithertake you into the Bükk or onto the Hortobágy Plain
Some possible bird target species: Great Bustard, Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Eastern Imperial, Lesser Spotted, White-tailed and Golden Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Ural Owl, Eagle Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Roller, Bea-eater, Hoopoe, White-backed, Black and Grey-headed Woodpecker, Collared and Red-breasted flycatcher, Great White Egret, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Black Stork, Pygmy cormorant, Aquatic Warbler, Barred Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Rock Bunting, Common Crane, Penduline-, Bearded Tit, Whiskered-, Black- and White-winged Black Tern, Stone Curlew, Dotterel and many more.
Red-footed Falcons breeding
In general, we travel to a certain location from which we know that certain species live there or because we know that many butterflies puddle there. Most excursions take place in the National Parks Bukk and Aggtelek.
Butterfly target species: Southern Festoon, Clouded Apollo, Common and Scarce Swallowtail, Hungarian and Common Glider, Purple Emperor, Lesser Purple Emperor, Camberwell Beauty, Large and Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, Cardinal, Pallas’s, Scarce, Dark Green, High Brown, Weaver’s, Knapweed, Marbled, Lesser Marbled, Queen of Spain, Lesser Spotted and Twinspot Fritillaries, Duke of Burgundy, Woodland Brown, Woodland, False, Great Banded Grayling, Dryad, Large, Scarce Large, Alcon, Green-underside, Chequered, Geranium, Anomalous, Osiris, Eastern short-tailed, Turquoise, Meleager’s, Chalk-hill, Eastern Baton Blue, Large, Lesser Fiery, Purple-edged Copper, Orbed Red-inderwing (or Hungarian), Safflower, Chequered Skipper and many more.
These evening trips and short outings involve very short walks and usually no more than 1 to 3 hours.
We observe mammals, such as Edible Doormouse, Marten, Badger and we have special locations where we feed with a variety of baits. We also go out at evening to scan the air for bats with a bat detector. We are developing a more remote feeding station with Badger, Beech Marten and Wild Cat. We are waiting though for permissions to bring our guests there.
European Wild Cat - Felis Silvestris
Most botanical trips are either in the central part of the Bukk hills
(the limestone grasslands) or the Southern verge of the hills (dry rocky
fields with pannonian endemics).
Plant target species: (depending on time of the year): Orchis coryophora, Orchis morio, Orchis purpurea, Cephelanthera longifolia and rubra, Neottida nidus-avis, 5 Epipactis species. Cypripedium calceolaria. Special species from stream valleys, such as Clematis integrifolia and Iris spuria. Several protected, dry grassland Iris species (graminaea, variegata, sibirica), several Feathergrass (Stipa ssp) species and other species that are rare in Europe: Lilium martagon, Campanula sibirica, Echium russicum, Allium flavum, Dictamnus albus, Centaurea pannonica, Cirsium pannonica, Aconitum anthora etc. Our direct surroundings are well known for the Pannonian Flora.
Photography can be done independently or with guidance.When you want to use our hides just ask for availability.
When guidance is required we customize workshop-like excursions with technical support, either macro or bird photography. Equipment is for rent (tripods, DSLR’s, macro, wide and tele lenses from 11 till 800 mm). After a consult and depending on the subject, we travel to a good spot or to one of our hides and start working.
Nice image of a Fire Salamander
Rob also has guesthouses which can accommodate up to 17 and there is also a campsite. The guesthouses are located in the heart of the Bükk making them very convenient for those wishing to explore the flora and fauna of the area.
If you would like more information on the services Rob offers then please fill in our contact form and we will will get back to you as soon as possible.
The guesthouses located in the heart of the Bükk