spring Birding Bonanza
3 NIGHT PACKAGE
UPCOMING DATES: 20-23 April, 4-7 May, 12-15 May,9-12 June 2020 Price from £565.00pp
The Avalon hide at Ham Wall on a breezy afternoon offers great views of hunting Hobbies chasing dragonflies; Marsh Harriers perform their sky-dance and Great White Egrets drop in like ghostly pterodactyls. If we’re lucky a Bittern will lift off and drift over the reeds in sight of the hide. Whitethroats sing from the blackthorn bushes, Cetti’s Warbler erupt into an impossibly loud song and Reed and Sedge Warblers fill the fresh air with their liquid voice.
Somerset’s coastline is often overlooked by birders, but not on this trip, with a visit included to the wonderful new reserve at Steart Marshes always packed with interesting and varied birdlife.
In addition the ‘western oakwood trio’ of Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Redstart and the serene atmosphere as we walk through the unique woodland habitat of a Quantock combe is the stuff of birding dreams.
Arrive Walls Farm mid-afternoon settle in to your comfortable cottage accommodation.
After a cup of tea you will be free to do a spot of birding around the large garden, pond and orchard at Walls Farm . There will also be the opportunity to have a quick visit to a local birding spot.
Welcome dinner with canapes and wine prepared by Kay and served in Walls Farm. Stephen will join us for supper and to brief us 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.
There will be an early departure of no later than 0730 to ensure the best morning birding.
RSPB Ham Wall will be heaving with birds. Hawking Hobbies will be chasing dragonflies, Egrets will have started nesting, and if we get lucky we may see a Bittern give a fly-past over the car park!
Somerset will be dripping with warblers and the Avalon Marshes will be best place to get our tally started.
A light pub lunch will be included as part of the afternoon’s birdwatching plans.
Possible afternoon visits include Aller Moor and Somerset Wildlife Trust’s wonderful reserve at Catcott Lows.
We will return to Walls Farm early in the evening in time to relax and debrief the bird sightings we have seen.
Dinner will be served in Walls Farm from 7.00pm
Breakfast is again in your cottage – fresh eggs, bread, muesli, yoghurts home-made preserves all provided.
Birdwatching all day We will head to Steart Marshes overlooking Bridgwater Bay where we will expect to see many wading birds including avocet, redshank and egrets. Later will pop to the coast at Wall Common for curlews and other wading birds along with any spring migrants passing through.
A light pub lunch is included.
Afternoon woodland walk in the beautiful Quantock Hills offering a wider range of birdlife including our target birds of the ‘western oakwood trio’ of Wood Warbler, Redstart, and Pied Flycatcher
Return to Walls Farm by about 5.00pm in time to relax and discuss the bird sightings we have seen.
Dinner with canapes and drinks will be served in Walls Farm with your hosts Stephen, Graeme and Kay Mitchell.
Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, bread muesli, yoghurts, home-made preserves all provided.
Morning birdwatching to reservoir and riverside habitats, for kingfisher, grey wagtail and possible dipper sightings returning to Walls Farm by 12.30 when it will be time to depart and head for home. (lunch not included)
Upcoming dates for the 'Spring Birding Bonanza' Package
20-23 April 2020
4-7 May 2020
12-15 May 2020
9-12 June 2020
£565 per person (sharing a twin room) Single supplement £60.00
Things to remember
Additional single rooms are available at a neighbouring farmhouse bed and breakfast, 100 yards from Walls Farm. All dinners will be taken with the main group.
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 and understand that the pool is never supervised and is used at the individuals own risk.
Expert ornithological guiding throughout
3 Dinners at Walls Farm
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.
For full terms and conditions please click here.