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

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

Cornwall & Scilly - The Best of the South West

Date: 16th - 24th April 2020 (SPACES)
Leaders: Paul Roberts



Eurasian Hoopoe


As soon as you become a birder you learn all about autumn on The Isles of Scilly. The rollcall of impossibly rare birds is mind boggling. With the rares come the crowds. Spring is a different matter, and for some reason the isles are overlooked; but not by Oriole! Spring in Scilly is about quality rather than quantity, and you will be hoping for a warm southerly airflow to bring overshooting gems from Europe. The adventure starts though in West Cornwall, an area we know very well after many years of both spring and autumn tours to the region. Here we will enjoy four days of migration-based birding, among the secluded valleys and headlands of the Penwith district. 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 stay at the ever popular Bosavern House a stone’s throw from the excellent Kenidjack Valley. Our tour continues as we take the short flight from Land’s End aerodrome to St Mary’s. If the weather is fair then it is no exaggeration to say that the view coming into land is jaw dropping. The shallow seas twinkle turquoise and the sands are golden – stunning! Days will be spent exploring the different islands on foot. We will reach off islands using inter-island boats - Tresco, St Agnes, and St Martins may all be visited as you search for your own migrant birds and perhaps catch up with one or two rarities. We have also arranged an evening boat trip on board the Sapphire, to look for Manx Shearwaters, European Storm-Petrels and breeding auks close to the islands as they come to their breeding colonies at dusk. We will stay at The Mincarlo Guest House in Hugh Town for this leg of the tour and overall 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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