2 NIGHT PACKAGE
UPCOMING DATES: 30 Nov - 2 Dec(fully booked), 3-5 Dec, 7-9 Dec 2018, 28-30 Jan, 1-3Feb, 8-10 fEB 2019
To half a million of anything is breath-taking – but to see up to half a million Starlings fly in their liquid murmuration is truly a sight to behold. If the conditions are right, the skies can darken as first one group arrives to roost in the reed beds of Ham Wall – then another larger one arrives, then another then another. They just keep coming. It is simply bewildering.
What we then want is a belligerent passing Peregrine or a hungry Marsh Harrier with attitude – then Bingo! The sky is full of the largest swarm/shoal/plague of birds you have ever seen – turning one way then the next. The murmurations of Starlings on a crisp winter sun-down is the stuff of legend.
Arrive Walls Farm by 2.00pm settle in to your comfortable cottage accommodation.
After a cup of tea we will head off for an afternoon visit to RSPB’s reserve Ham Wall to hopefully view the spectacular display of up to one million starlings in a murmuration prior to their roost in the reed beds. This is truly one of nature’s most spectacular aerobatic displays, and if a passing Peregrine or Marsh Harrier shows up it gets even more tasty.
In the evening a Welcome Dinner will be served in Walls Farm in the evening with your hosts Stephen, Graeme and Kay Mitchell to brief you about our planned birdwatching excursions.
Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, cereal, yoghurts, bread, muesli home-made preserves all provided in your accommodation for you to prepare.
Morning visit Cheddar Reservoir ducks such as Goldeneye, Goosander, Pochard and a huge number of over-wintering Coots.
Light pub lunch will be included.
Depending on our success the previous evening at Ham Wall we may return if conditions are better or alternatively visit one of the other bird reserves on the Levels.
Return to Walls Farm early evening in time to relax with some tea and cake when we will de-brief the bird sightings we have seen.
The evening will be free to either self-cater in the cottage or go to a local pub/restaurant. Transport to and from focal hostelries can be arranged.
Breakfast is in your cottage – fresh eggs, bread muesli, home-made preserves provided
Morning coastal walk for waders and other winter birds.
Return to Walls Farm by noon when it will be time to depart and head for home. (lunch not included)
Upcoming dates for the 'Starling Spectacular' Package
30 Nov - 2 Dec 2018
3-5 Dec 2018
7-9 Dec 2018
28-30 Jan 2019
1-3 Feb 2019
8-10 Feb 2019
£399 per person (sharing a twin room)
From £399 / Per person
From £399 / Per person
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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