starling spectacular

 2 NIGHT PACKAGE

UPCOMING DATES: 30 Nov - 2 Dec(fully booked), 3-5 Dec(Fully booked), 7-9 Dec (2 places left) 2018, 28-30 Jan(FULLY BOOKED), 1-3 Feb(FULLY BOOKED), 8-10 fEB(fully booked) 2019

Overview

To see  half a million of anything is breathtaking – 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.

 

Your itinerary

Day 1

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.

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Day 2

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.

 

Day 3

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)

 

 

Dates

Upcoming dates for the 'Starling Spectacular' Package

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2018 - fully booked

3-5 Dec 2018 - fully booked

7-9 Dec 2018 - two places available

28-30 Jan 2019 - fully booked

1-3 Feb 2019 - fully booked

8-10 Feb 2019

Price

£399 per person (sharing a twin room)

 

SWALLOW'S REST - SLEEPS UP TO 4
Features: One twin/double bed plus two comfortable sofa beds, outside seating area, kitchen, wc/shower room, log burner, wi-fi.

From £399 / Per person

THE DUCK HOUSE - SLEEPS UP TO 4
Features: Two good-sized en-suite bedrooms, outside seating area, kitchen, log burner, wi-fi.

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 and understand that the pool is never supervised and is used at the individuals own risk.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Expert ornithological guiding throughout

  • Accommodation

  • Welcome dinner

  • Breakfast baskets

  • Teas/coffees and additional refreshments as stated on your confirmed itineraries

  • Entrance to all birdwatching sites


ornithological guides

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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