Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intermediate with flexible start and finish times. 5+ miles walking per day

Group Size:

Seven plus leader

Pied Flycatcher Balearic Shearwater Alpine Swift Red-rumped Swallow Dunlin Kentish Plover Cetti's Warbler Whinchat

Cornwall & Devon - The Best of the South West

Date: 28th April - 4th May 2022 (SPACES)
Leaders: Ashley Saunders



Eurasian Hoopoe


This new Spring birding adventure centres on Devon and West Cornwall, an area we know very well after many years of both spring and autumn tours to the region. Here we will enjoy a mix of migration-based birding, among the secluded valleys and headlands of the Penwith district, with some top breeding birds on the fringes of Dartmoor. Meeting near Exeter, we spend our first afternoon and the next morning searching for some of the woodland birds for which the area is well known - Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, newly arrived to their breeding grounds, will be top billing. But we also have a chance of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker too, as the species is doing very well in this part of Devon. We will also visit the coast, to seek Cirl Butning in it's UK stronghold, and if time permits we may squeeze in some waterbirds around the Exe Estuary too. Continuing down to West Cornwall, sites visited include The Lizard, Land’s End, Marazion Marsh, Porthgwarra, Nanquidno, Cot and Kenidjack Valleys. Given the right conditions, this could involve species overshooting their Mediterranean breeding grounds, adding a large dose of the unexpected to our birding. All of this against a backdrop of stunning scenery in a county where Spring arrives early. We've seen Hoopoe, Red-rumped Swallow, Glossy Ibis, Ortolan Bunting, Eastern and Western Subalpine Warblers and more on some of our recent Spring visits here. We stay at the ever popular Bosavern House a stone’s throw from the excellent Kenidjack Valley, and we could perhaps notch around 120 species. Five miles per day is the minimum required level on this tour, with some uphill sections and rocky paths too.





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