Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intermediate with flexible start and finish times. Up to 4 miles walking per day

Group Size:

Seven plus leaders

Dartford Warbler Balearic Shearwater Dunlin Kentish Plover Cetti's Warbler Osprey Whinchat

Cornwall - The Best of the South West

Date: 14th - 20th April 2019 [Guaranteed Departure. To secure accomodation BOOKINGS must be made by the 31st MARCH]
Leaders: Jason Moss




Travel to Cornwall. You should aim to arrive at approximately noon for check in at our accommodation, followed by dinner.

Overnight Bosavern Farm



Following breakfast, we will make an excursion to Marazion Marsh, Mounts Bay and the Hayle Estuary if the tide times are in our favour. Here we will be searching for a selection of migrant shorebirds, terns, gulls, warblers and possibly scarcer species such as Eurasian Spoonbill, Kentish Plover and Purple Heron, while resident species include Reed Bunting, Common Kingfisher, Water Rail, Little Egret and Cetti’s Warbler among others. A few seabirds may be passing offshore and there is always the chance of a lingering Great Northern or Red-throated Diver in the bay.

Overnight Bosavern Farm



We will spend our time exploring the valleys and headlands around St Just and Lands End for migrants and we will also spend some time on the Lizard Peninsula. It would not be entirely unexpected to find species with a Mediterranean flavour here as Woodchat Shrike, Common Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Black-winged Stilt, Black-crowned Night Heron, Subalpine Warbler, Red-rumped Swallow or Golden Oriole, though of course these are uncommon birds and an element of good fortune would be needed for us to find them. Garganey, Dotterel, Whimbrel, Spotted Flycatcher, Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler and Whinchat are among the more interesting of the more expected migrants, while Red-billed Chough and Dartford Warbler are resident species. A variety of seabirds can be expected including Northern Gannets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Guillemot and Razorbill, while a few passage terns and shearwaters are usually noted, and species lingering from winter could include Black Redstart, Purple Sandpiper and Iceland Gull. Recent rarities at this time have included Brown Shrike, Bonaparte’s Gull, Greater Short-toed Lark, Citrine Wagtail, Black Kite and Montagu’s Harrier. Whatever we see, it is sure to be an exciting experience if the winds are in our favour.



We spend our final morning catching up with any new arrivals, or, if things are quiet, we will check Stithians Reservoir for passage shorebirds and wildfowl. Resident species such as Little Grebe and Reed Bunting may also be present. The second option would mean taking cars and departing from Stithians we would not return to St Just afterwards as the logistics mean it is a far better option to do it this way. En route, it is likely that we will stop at Colliford Lake for wildfowl or elsewhere for any interesting arrivals nearby. We conclude the tour around lunchtime to allow time for the onward journey home.


Additional Information


Six nights en suite accommodation, meals from dinner on day one to lunch on final day, transport, services of leaders and reserve entrance fees.

Travel to/ from Devon and Cornwall, travel insurance, drinks, lunch on day one and items of a purely personal nature.

Binoculars, telescope, camera, spare memory card and battery, clothing for all weathers, small rucksack, field guide, alarm clock and a thermos flask if required.




Tour Reports


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" A really enjoyable trip with great birds, good company and excellent service at Bosavern House" R H Leicester


" Thanks very much for you all your hard work last week Neil - it was very enjoyable" S M Oxford


" Another excellent trip with excellent birds on each occasion I have done this trip - J.B. Sussex