Tour At A Glance





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Tour Code:

Intermediate with flexible finish times. Up to 5 miles walking per day

Group Size:

Eight plus Leader

Common Crossbill Great White Egret Northern Goshawk

Somerset Levels & The Forest of Dean

Date: Tour not currently operating
Leaders: Paul Roberts




This exciting tour covers two of England’s premier areas of relict habitat, starting in the ancient woodlands of Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean and finishing in the vast marshes of the Somerset Levels, an area recently benefitting by increased habitat preservation and management which has really put it on the birding map as a top destination. Its network of relatively new reserves will hopefully safeguard large tracts of this important wetland habitat for many generations to come. Numbers of wildfowl here are impressive, and with regular Great White and Cattle Egrets and even occasional Glossy Ibis and Eurasian Spoonbills, it is certainly an area worthy of exploration. During March, Great Bitterns are booming everywhere and the reeds hold shouting Cetti’s Warblers, ‘pinging’ Bearded Tits and quartering Marsh Harriers. Freshwater drains support Otter families and at dusk the skies are transformed by swarming Common Starlings coming into roost. And we can also expect the first spring migrants that could include Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Garganey, Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap. The Forest of Dean will precede this wetland wilderness, and here in pristine woodland we look for Hawfinch, Common Crossbill, Northern Goshawk, Marsh Tit, Mandarin Duck, and Eurasian Siskin, while Great Grey Shrike and Firecrest could also be available. A stop between the two principal areas at Goldcliff Lagoons should see us add Pied Avocet and a host of other shorebirds to the trip list, Your tour leader will be Neil Donaghy and you can expect to see around 100 species.


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