spring Birding Bonanza
3 NIGHT PACKAGE
UPCOMING DATES: 6-9, 13-16 May 2019 - both fully booked
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 Warber erupt into an impossibly loud song and Reed and Sedge Warblers fill the fresh air with their liquid voice.
No promises, but the ‘Bird in question’ may put in an appearance too – nuff said..
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.
There will be the option of a Dawn Chorus walk (not compulsory) with an early departure of no later than 0700 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 displaying Great Crested Grebe.
Return to Walls Farm for coffee and bacon butties mid-morning.
A walk round Stephen and Graeme's 'Patch' on the Levels offers a real personal touch, where every tree, every bush, and every stretch of reed-bed has a story to tell. Who knows, the 'Bird in Question' might be singing.
A light pub lunch will be included as part of the afternoon’s birdwatching plans.
Possible visits include RSPB Greylake, West Sedgemoor and Aller Moor.
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 again in your cottage – fresh eggs, bread, muesli, yoghurts home-made preserves all provided.
Birdwatching all day perhaps to include a coastal walk with a visit to a 14th Century church yard home to a large heronry and nesting egrets whose gargling call must be one of the strangest calls in nature.
A light pub lunch included.
Afternoon woodland and heathland walk.
Return to Walls Farm in time to relax with some tea and cake when we will de-brief the bird sightings we have seen.
Dinner in the evening will be 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 noon when it will be time to depart and head for home. (lunch not included)
Upcoming dates for the 'Spring Birding Bonanza' Package
6-9 May 2018 (3 night package)
£545 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
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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