mid-summer birds and butterflies
2 NIGHT PACKAGE
UPCOMING DATes: june 14-16 2019
It’s high summer and it is hot. We are perched on the ridge of Collard Hill taking in the pastoral scene that is laid before us. A Kestrel is hovering and a Blackcap still sings his beautiful song deep from within the undergrowth. Birds are busy feeding their young and considering a second brood. But today we are not here just for the birds for we are surrounded by butterflies, and we hope that we will be rewarded with good views of the Large Blue Butterfly one of England’s rarest.
Arrive Walls Farm mid-afternoon settle in to your comfortable cottage accommodation.
After a cup of tea you will be free to explore the surrounding area or use the heated indoor swimming pool adjacent to your accommodation.
Welcome dinner with wine prepared by Kay and served in Walls Farm. Stephen will join you for supper and to brief you about our planned birdwatching excursions.
Breakfast in your cottage – cereal, muesli, yoghurts, bread, with home-made preserves will be provided in your accommodation for you to prepare.
An early departure of no later than 0700 to ensure the best morning birding.
Return to Walls Farm for coffee and bacon butties mid-morning.
A packed lunch or light pub lunch will be included as part of the afternoon’s birdwatching plans including a visit to Collard Hill for a chance to see the Large Blue Butterfly.
We will return to Walls Farm early evening in time to relax with some tea and cake when we will debrief the bird sightings we have seen.
The evening will be free to either self-cater in the cottage or to go to a local pub/restaurant. Transport to and from local hostelries can be arranged.
Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, bread muesli, yoghurts, home-made preserves all provided.
Morning birdwatching returning to Walls Farm by noon when it will be time to depart and head for home. (lunch not included)
Upcoming dates for the 'Mid-Summer Birds and Butterflies' Package
14-16 June 2019
£445 per person (sharing a twin room)
Things to remember
While most of our bird walks will be on good paths, sometimes we will go ‘off-piste’ or go through wet grass, so please bring suitable footwear (hiking boots or wellies). Wet weather gear is recommended – a waterproof jacket and over-trousers. It is unlikely that any one single walk would be more than a couple of miles.
Please bring your own binoculars (8x32 are ideal) we have some spare pairs however please advise if you require use of these. It is not essential to have a telescope. Both Stephen and Graeme have top of the range Swarovski telescopes and where appropriate we will set one or both up if we want to zoom into a particular bird or flock. In many ways it can be more of a hindrance if our whole party is fiddling with telescopes and not enjoying the moment.
Cameras and telephoto lenses again can be cumbersome however this is very much up to the individual to carry and look after themselves, but please note this is not a photographic holiday.
Walls Farm has a lovely heated indoor swimming pool, if you would like to use it please ask if it is convenient (it may be that Graeme and Kay’s young daughter may have some friends round), and understand that the pool is never supervised and is used at the individuals own risk.
- Expert ornithological guiding throughout
- Welcome dinner
- Breakfast baskets
- Teas/coffees and additional refreshments as stated on your confirmed itineraries
- Entrance to all birdwatching sites
On all tours it is expected that Stephen Moss will be the expert Ornithological guide ably assisted by Graeme Mitchell a keen and experienced birdwatcher.
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