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Saturday 7th October 2017
BIRDS OF THE RIVER COLNE - CRUISE FROM BRIGHTLINGSEA – 11.00 – 15.00
Leaders: Richard Allen & Chris Poole

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.


£40 includes Light Lunch




Sunday 8th October 2017
BIRDS OF THE RIVER COLNE - CRUISE FROM BRIGHTLINGSEA – 11.30 – 15.30
Leaders: Chris Poole & Glyn Evans

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.


£40 includes Light Lunch




Saturday 14th October 2017
BIRDWATCHING CRUISE FROM IPSWICH – 10.30 – 16.30
Leaders: Simon Wood & Glyn Evans

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board for the day to help spot and identify the huge numbers of waders, wildfowl and migrants that flock to the rivers Orwell and Stour for the winter.

These two rivers are the most beautiful on the East Coast, their sloping banks are graced with large country houses and there is plenty of interest on any cruise whether short or long.

Ipswich
Starting from Ipswich Dock, once home to a very large fleet of working barges and now full of cafes, shops and designer flats, we head out through the lock into the river Orwell. Passing under the eye- catching Orwell bridge, we sail past Woolverstone and Pin Mill (one of the most painted places on the East Coast) and into bustling Harwich Harbour, before heading into the River Stour past the RSPB and EWT nature reserves at Wrabness towards Mistley before returning.

Harwich
Starting from Ha’penny Pier on the waterfront, the areas covered are similar to the above, except the furthest up the Orwell we sail is the Orwell Bridge and we may have more time in the Stour.

Lunch
Buntings Ham, Haystacks Cheddar, (v) Brie to go with your cheddar.
Tomato, Cucumber & Basil Salad, Homemade Coleslaw, Crunchy Green Salad and Bread & Butter.
Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Cream.


£55 Fully Catered




Sunday 15th October 2017
BIRDWATCHING CRUISE FROM HARWICH – 10.30 – 16.30
Leaders: Simon Wood & Chris Poole

Experts from Swallow Birding are on board for the day to help spot and identify the huge numbers of waders, wildfowl and migrants that flock to the rivers Orwell and Stour for the winter.

These two rivers are the most beautiful on the East Coast, their sloping banks are graced with large country houses and there is plenty of interest on any cruise whether short or long.

Ipswich
Starting from Ipswich Dock, once home to a very large fleet of working barges and now full of cafes, shops and designer flats, we head out through the lock into the river Orwell. Passing under the eye- catching Orwell bridge, we sail past Woolverstone and Pin Mill (one of the most painted places on the East Coast) and into bustling Harwich Harbour, before heading into the River Stour past the RSPB and EWT nature reserves at Wrabness towards Mistley before returning.

Harwich
Starting from Ha’penny Pier on the waterfront, the areas covered are similar to the above, except the furthest up the Orwell we sail is the Orwell Bridge and we may have more time in the Stour.

Lunch
Buntings Ham, Haystacks Cheddar, (v) Brie to go with your cheddar.
Tomato, Cucumber & Basil Salad, Homemade Coleslaw, Crunchy Green Salad and Bread & Butter.
Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Cream.


£55 Fully Catered




Sunday 22nd October 2017
BIRDWATCHING WALK & CRUISE FROM MALDON – 11.00 – 15.30
Leaders: Simon Wood & Carla Davis

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 23rd October 2017
BIRDWATCHING WALK & CRUISE FROM MALDON – 12.00 – 16.15
Leaders: Steve Grimwade & Annette Adams

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





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/