Somerset has always been a haven for birds and birders. Few other places offer such a diversity of birding hotspots in such a small area: from the Avalon Marshes to Exmoor and the Mendips to the coast.
And now – thanks to ambitious rewilding projects – it has become the best place in Britain to see a wide range of birds.
Somerset Birdwatching Holidays will show you the hidden secrets of Somerset’s birdlife. Whether you are an experienced birder or just starting out, our expert guides will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.
What You’ll See…
In spring, Somerset is overflowing with breeding birds, with up to ten species of warbler, seven different breeding herons – and cranes – and exhilarating birds of prey such as Hobby and Marsh Harrier.
In winter, flocks of up to a million starlings perform their aerial murmurations in front of Glastonbury Tor, the Southwest’s most famous landmark. This swirling mass of birds is truly one of the most memorable birding spectacles in Britain. Along with vast flocks of over-wintering ducks and waders gathered on flooded fields, this makes the winter months an equally rewarding time to visit.
Somerset always seems to be in the news these days for its birds. In recent years three species of heron – Great White Egret, Cattle Egret and Night Heron – have bred in Britain for the very first time, and all in Somerset! Now, along with regular sightings of Bittern, Little Egret and Grey Heron, and the outside chance of Little Bittern, Somerset is the ‘Heron Capital’ of Britain.
Accommodation will be in luxuriously converted cottages near the historic village of Wedmore in the grounds of Walls Farm. Here you will be welcomed and cared for by Graeme and Kay Mitchell, with ornithological expertise provided by naturalist, author and TV producer Stephen Moss.