Introduction to somerset birdwatching
2 NIGHT PACKAGE
UPCOMING DATes: 14-16 September 2018, 10-12, 13-15, May, 2019
This introductory tour will visit all the best habitats and reserves Somerset offers at the peak time for bird action in spring and early autumn . It will be perfect for beginners or for those wishing to add a bit more to their birding knowledge. In mid-September the start of the autumn migration will be underway, when literally anything can turn up on the Levels and Somerset's coast.
During May all the spring migrants have arrived and they are in full song. On a still morning we offer the option to start early to catch the dawn chorus, although this is not compulsory. Cuckoos call, Bitterns boom, and Warbler song is everywhere – each bush or shrub seems to offer a slightly different flavour of warbler. Overhead the skies screech with swifts and swallows, Buzzards meow and Hobbies hawk for the first dragonflies.
Spring and autumn are both great times to come birdwatching to Somerset.
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.
The option of a Dawn Chorus Walk with an early departure of no later than 0700 to ensure the best morning birding across the Somerset Levels. If we do this we will reward ourselves with a cooked breakfast at a nice eatery in Wedmore.
Later in the morning we will return to the Levels for more bird action.
A light pub lunch will be included as part of the afternoon’s birdwatching plans (if required). We will possibly head to the coast for more and different bird species.
We will return to Walls Farm early evening in time to debrief and tot-up the birds 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 birding to local woods, heathland and reservoir to complete our broad range of habitats.
12 noon return to Walls Farm to depart for home.
Upcoming dates for the 'Introduction to Somerset Birdwatching ' Package
10-12 May 2019
13-15 May 2019
16-18 May 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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