Tour At A Glance

Cost:

TBA

Deposit:

300.00

Single Room Supplement:

TBA

Group Size:

Seven plus leader

Bluethroat Zitting Cisticola Black Woodpecker European Serin Little Bittern

Northern France - Birding Across the Channel!

Date: 6th - 11th May 2021 (CANCELLED RETURNING 2022)
Leaders: Simon Ginnaw

Itinerary

 

DAY ONE
After meeting at our rendezvous point near Canterbury in Kent, we will take our midday Channel Tunnel journey to Nord pas de Calais, and will be enjoying some top birding within 20 minutes of arriving. Overnight Auberge de la Renaissance. 
 
DAYS TWO TO FIVE
From Calais to the Somme Estuary, northern France is a superb and easily accessible destination for British birdwatchers.  We will spend our time birding the best birding locations on offer, and our time will be kept flexible to enable us to bird the countryside and respond to local sightings.  
 
High on our must-do list is the 250 hectare Parc du Marquenterre.  This reserve includes lagoons, mudflats, marshland, reed-beds, dunes, and pine woodland and will warrant 2 full days just here.  In spring six species of large wading bird breed in the heronry. In spring the shallow pools are a haven for migrant waders and other water birds while the bushes are alive with passerines.  Spoonbill, White Stork, Cattle Egret, Night Heron, Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Crested Tit, Bluethroat, Nightingale and other migrants - there is always a good chance of a rarity or two passing through as well!  
 
The wetlands around the Somme will allow us chances to find Bluethroat, Bearded Tit, Savi’s Warbler, Bittern, Great Egret, Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler.
 
We will visit the rugged coastline and world-renowned seawatching locations at Cap Griz-nez and Cap Blanc-nez, which can hold impressive migrations as well as some special local breeding birds.  
 
Inland we will visit sites such as Crecy Forest, a vast beech and oak forest with several Black and Middle-spotted Woodpecker territories.  We will spend a whole morning searching for Melodious Warbler, Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit, Common Redstart, Turtle Dove, Short-toed Treecreeper, Crested Tit, Hawfinch, and Golden Oriole.
 
 
All along coast are relatively unwatched dune systems providing cover for migrants, allowing you to lose yourself for hours searching for them.  Breeding tern and wader colonies will add to the enjoyment, including Kentish Plover and Black-winged Stilt.  However, should the allure of migration fail us, the region’s larger woodlands hold year-round Firecrest, Crested Tit and Black and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers.  Overnights Auberge de la Renaissance. 
 
DAY SIX
Our last morning will be spent driving back to Calais for a midday return visiting at least one birding hotspot on the way. We arrive back in Kent mid-afternoon where the tour will conclude. 
 
 

 

Additional Information

 

WHATS INCLUDED
Five nights accommodation, all meals from dinner on day one to lunch on day six, return travel Kent/France, guidance and transport in France.
 
NOT INCLUDED
Transport to/from Canterbury and any overnight stay that may be required, travel insurance, drinks and any items of a purely personal nature. 
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH
Visas are not required by UK nationals. Passports must have 6 months validity beyond the return travel date. Standard health and innoculation requirements apply for UK nationals, visit www.masta-travel-health.com to check these and if necessary, download a free health brief to take to a travel appointment at your local medical practice. 
 

 

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