Barge Trips

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Sunday 18th March 2018
BIRDWATCHING WALK & CRUISE FROM MALDON – 1130 – 1530
Leaders: TBC

During the winter months the saltings and mud flats of the River Blackwater host huge flocks of migrant wading birds and this trip gives you the chance to enjoy them both from the barge on a high tide and from along the seawall on a guided walk.

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board for the day to help identify and spot birds, but even non-birders can relax and enjoy this trip.

The two hour cruise takes you past the Promenade Park, Northey Island owned by the National Trust, Heybridge Basin, Millbeach and to the privately owned Osea Island before returning. The walk heads out along the seawall on the South bank of the River and is quite leisurely as you frequently stop to view the wildlife.

Depending on tides the walk may be before or after the sail and it is always optional, so you can choose not to walk at all or you can drop out at any time.

Lunch
Hearty homemade soup accompanied by French bread filled with cheese or ham is served on board.

£35 includes Light Lunch




Monday 19th March 2018
BIRDWATCHING WALK & CRUISE FROM MALDON – 1200 – 1600
Leaders: TBC

During the winter months the saltings and mud flats of the River Blackwater host huge flocks of migrant wading birds and this trip gives you the chance to enjoy them both from the barge on a high tide and from along the seawall on a guided walk.

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board for the day to help identify and spot birds, but even non-birders can relax and enjoy this trip.

The two hour cruise takes you past the Promenade Park, Northey Island owned by the National Trust, Heybridge Basin, Millbeach and to the privately owned Osea Island before returning. The walk heads out along the seawall on the South bank of the River and is quite leisurely as you frequently stop to view the wildlife.

Depending on tides the walk may be before or after the sail and it is always optional, so you can choose not to walk at all or you can drop out at any time.

Lunch
Hearty homemade soup accompanied by French bread filled with cheese or ham is served on board.

£35 includes Light Lunch




Tuesday 27th March 2018
BIRDWATCHING CRUISE FROM MALDON – 0815 – 1930
Leaders: Steve Grimwade & Annette Adams

During the winter months the saltmarshes and mud flats of the Blackwater host huge flocks of wading birds including Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin & Oystercatchers. Wildfowl are numerous and we hope to see Brent Geese, Wigeon, Shelduck, Teal and many less common species as well as a chance of raptors such as Marsh Harrier or Peregrine Falcon.

This full day sail on the tide takes you down-river past Northey Island, Osea Island, Mayland, Mersea, Bradwell and possibly into the River Colne. As we near low water, the skipper may anchor close to the mud flats off Bradwell or Tollesbury Creek.

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board to help spot birds and identify. The barge has central heating and the day is fully catered with plenty of hot homemade food, so even though it is a long day, you can warm up and relax in the saloon.

Mid-morning Coffee or Tea & Biscuits.
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Lunch
Chicken Breast with Gammon, Celery & Tomato.
(v) Butternut Squash with Cheesy Leeks (by pre-order only)
Hot new Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables.
Chocolate Brownie with Forest Fruits & Cream.
Coffee or tea.


Afternoon tea or Coffee with Homemade Cake.

Depending on timing, the menu may include Breakfast (Sausages in Roll, Granary Bread & Jam, tea/coffee), Light Breakfast (Granary Bread & jam, tea/coffee) or Supper (Homemade Soup with Granary Bread).

Please advise us in advance of any dietary requirements and allergies.


£55 Fully Catered




Sunday 1st April 2018
BIRDS OF THE RIVER COLNE - CRUISE FROM BRIGHTLINGSEA – 1000 – 1400
Leaders: Steve Grimwade plus another TBC

During late winter/early spring the Colne Estuary holds large numbers of birds as they fuel up before heading northwards to their Arctic breeding grounds.

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board to help spot and identify.

This four hour cruise will take us from Brightlingsea Town jetty up past the Pyefleet Channel on Mersea Island towards the famous nature reserve at Fingringhoe Wick and weather permitting we will go on towards Wivenhoe.

The barge has central heating and included is a late hot lunch.

Lunch
Hearty Homemade Soup with Granary Bread.
Homemade Chocolate Brownie with Forest Fruits and Cream.
The bar serves hot, soft and alcoholic drinks.


£45 includes Light Lunch




Monday 2nd April 2018
BIRDS OF THE RIVER COLNE - CRUISE FROM BRIGHTLINGSEA – 1030 – 1430
Leaders: Steve Grimwade plus another TBC

During late winter/early spring the Colne Estuary holds large numbers of birds as they fuel up before heading northwards to their Arctic breeding grounds.

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board to help spot and identify.

This four hour cruise will take us from Brightlingsea Town jetty up past the Pyefleet Channel on Mersea Island towards the famous nature reserve at Fingringhoe Wick and weather permitting we will go on towards Wivenhoe.

The barge has central heating and included is a late hot lunch.

Lunch
Hearty Homemade Soup with Granary Bread.
Homemade Chocolate Brownie with Forest Fruits and Cream.
The bar serves hot, soft and alcoholic drinks.


£45 includes Light Lunch





Please book Barge Trips through Topsail Charters, details below.

From January 2017, Swallow Birding are joining forces with Topsail Charters to offer a superb selection of birdwatching barge trips. You can choose from either a 'Walk & Cruise' a 'Four hour Sail' or a 'Full Day Sail'.

Look at the great selection of trips that have been arranged. All trips will have expert leaders from Swallow Birding to show you the varied selection of wildlife in the Essex estuaries.

To book on these exciting trips phone Topsail Charters on 01621 857567
Email: info@top-sail.co.uk
or you can book through their website:
http://www.top-sail.co.uk/