Steve’s Birding Days

Steve’s Birding Days

We are pleased to announce our Summer to Autumn programme of Steve’s Birding Days.

From May 17th our group size will be limited to 7 plus Steve and we will continue to adhere to our Covid-Safe policy, ensuring social distancing and other safety measures.

Days run from 9am to 4pm with the meeting point a recognised car park at or near the venue.

Places are limited so if you are interested please do not delay in booking.

If places fill, let us know of your interest as we will endeavour to add extra trips.

Monday 10th May 2021 – FINGRINGHOE WICK EWT RESERVE – Warbler Heaven!
Fingringhoe Wick is one of the best reserves in the county for breeding passerines and in spring, the bushes and scrub are alive with birdsong. We hope to see and hear Common Chiffchaff, Common & Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warbler and Eurasian Blackcap and it is probably the best site in Essex to see and hear Common Nightingales which will have arrived from their African wintering grounds during the past few weeks. The patchwork of habitats offer some great birding potential and we will search for European Turtle Dove, Western Marsh Harrier and Eurasian Hobby plus the River Colne is a great place to scan for waders which will be in their exquisite breeding plumage.
£30 per person
Fully Booked

Thursday 13th May 2021 – WRABNESS EWT RESERVE & STOUR WOOD RSPB RESERVE – Especially for European Turtle Dove & much more
The morning begins at Wrabness where we hope to find one of the local European Turtle Doves with the chance of Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Bullfinch, Sand Martin and Yellowhammer. As the day warms up we head to nearby Stour Wood in search of Garden Warbler and other warblers plus butterflies, other insects and flowers.
£30 per person
Fully Booked

Friday 14th May 2021 – LAKENHEATH FEN RSPB RESERVE – Wetland & Marsh Spring Special
We spend the day at Lakenheath Fen, where in spring we expect to see and hear booming Eurasian Bitterns and Common Cuckoos calling in the poplar woods. Eurasian Hobby reach their highest numbers in May, with maybe up to 40 in the air at one time! The reed-beds hold singing European Reed and Sedge Warblers plus Grasshopper Warbler and in the last few years we have seen both Marsh and Savi’s Warblers here. Rarities in recent years have included Little Bittern, Red-footed Falcon, Great Egret and Collared Pratincole amongst others. We will search for Common Crane, Common Kingfisher and a wide variety of insects and flowers.
£40 per person
Fully Booked

Monday 17th May 2021 – LAKENHEATH FEN RSPB RESERVE – Wetland & Marsh Spring Special
We spend the day at Lakenheath Fen, where in spring we expect to see and hear booming Eurasian Bitterns and Common Cuckoos calling in the poplar woods. Eurasian Hobby reach their highest numbers in May, with maybe up to 40 in the air at one time! The reed-beds hold singing European Reed and Sedge Warblers plus Grasshopper Warbler and in the last few years we have seen both Marsh and Savi’s Warblers here. Rarities in recent years have included Little Bittern, Red-footed Falcon, Great Egret and Collared Pratincole amongst others. We will search for Common Crane, Common Kingfisher and a wide variety of insects and flowers.
£40 per person
Fully Booked

Tuesday 18th May 2021 – OLD HALL MARSHES RSPB RESERVE & ABBERTON RESERVOIR – Searching for Spring Migrants
We will spend the morning exploring the fabulous wetlands at Old Hall Marshes where breeding and migrant species will be very much in evidence. We can expect to see Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, Turtle Dove, Common Cuckoo, Little Tern, Bearded Reedling plus the good chance of a rarity! After lunch we drive the short distance to Abberton Reservoir in search of Black Tern, Little Gull, Great Egret, Red-crested Pochard, Garganey and many more.
£30 per person
1 Place Available

Wednesday 19th May 2021 – LAKENHEATH FEN RSPB RESERVE – Wetland & Marsh Spring Special
We spend the day at Lakenheath Fen, where in spring we expect to see and hear booming Eurasian Bitterns and Common Cuckoos calling in the poplar woods. Eurasian Hobby reach their highest numbers in May, with maybe up to 40 in the air at one time! The reed-beds hold singing European Reed and Sedge Warblers plus Grasshopper Warbler and in the last few years we have seen both Marsh and Savi’s Warblers here. Rarities in recent years have included Little Bittern, Red-footed Falcon, Great Egret and Collared Pratincole amongst others. We will search for Common Crane, Common Kingfisher and a wide variety of insects and flowers
£40 per person
1 Place Available

Thursday 20th May 2021 – CARLTON MARSHES SWT RESERVE – New Venue (Not to be missed!)
The day will be spent at this amazing reserve on the edge of ‘The Broads’. A four million pound Heritage Lottery grant enabled the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to create over 1,000 acres of pristine habitat which has encouraged species such as Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Bearded Tit and Otter plus breeding waders such as Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing. Other species that we hope to see include Garganey, Temminck’s Stint, Western Yellow Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper and many more. New hides and trails plus a great centre with amazing views make this a great spring destination!
£40 per person
Fully Booked

Friday 21st May 2021 – ABBERTON RESERVOIR IN LATE SPRING – How many species can we see in a day?
We revisit Abberton Reservoir in late spring to connect with some of the rarer species that pass through on their way to northerly and easterly breeding grounds. May is an excellent time to find Black Terns and Little Gulls as they feed on emerging insects and there are often tens of thousands of Common Swifts too! On past trips at this time of year we have seen Western Cattle & Great Egrets, Black-winged Stilt, White-winged Tern, Bonaparte’s Gull, Blue-headed Wagtail and Red-rumped Swallow to name just a few.
£30 per person
Places Available

Friday 4th June 2021 – SUMMER WILDLIFE OF THE NORFOLK BROADS – Insects, Flowers and Birding special
The Norfolk Broads are a perfect destination to spend the day looking at the enormous variety of wildlife they have to offer. We start the day at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve where the ditches and streams are home to the Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly as well as Variable Damselfly, which are specialities of East Anglia. Other dragonflies and damselflies may include Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Large Red Damselfly. As the morning warms up, we search for the fantastic Swallowtail Butterfly that can be seen taking nectar at various places around the reserve. This graceful butterfly is often seen gliding over the reedbed in search of Milk Parsley to lay its eggs on.  As you would expect for an RSPB reserve, there are many different birds to see including Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler, Hobby, Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper Warblers and Bearded Tit.

During the afternoon we will move location to a site where we can seek out various orchids including the delicate Fen Orchid plus Southern Marsh, Pugsley’s Marsh Orchid and many other scarce broadland plants. A day not to be missed!
£40 per person
2 Places Available

Monday 7th June 2021 – SUMMER WILDLIFE OF THE NORFOLK BROADS – Insects, Flowers and Birding special
The Norfolk Broads are a perfect destination to spend the day looking at the enormous variety of wildlife they have to offer. We start the day at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve where the ditches and streams are home to the Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly as well as Variable Damselfly, which are specialities of East Anglia. Other dragonflies and damselflies may include Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Large Red Damselfly. As the morning warms up, we search for the fantastic Swallowtail Butterfly that can be seen taking nectar at various places around the reserve. This graceful butterfly is often seen gliding over the reedbed in search of Milk Parsley to lay its eggs on.  As you would expect for an RSPB reserve, there are many different birds to see including Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler, Hobby, Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper Warblers and Bearded Tit.

During the afternoon we will move location to a site where we can seek out various orchids including the delicate Fen Orchid plus Southern Marsh, Pugsley’s Marsh Orchid and many other scarce broadland plants. A day not to be missed!
£40 per person
Places Available

Tuesday 8th June 2021 – SUFFOLK COAST AFTERNOON & NIGHTJAR EVENING
We will spend the afternoon birding along and around the South Suffolk Coast, where during our 2020 trips we saw up to 22 Eurasian Spoonbills plus species such as Spotted Redshank, European Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper and flocks of Black-tailed Godwits.

Early evening we will tuck into our picnic ‘evening meal’ before visiting an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As we will be nearing the ‘longest day’ we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Common Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, Yellowhammer and Woodlark before it gets dark. Fallow Deer frequent the area at dusk and we may see and hear Tawny Owl before we see the star of show – the European Nightjar

As dusk falls we will listen for them ‘churring’ before they go out to feed on moths and other insects. With luck we will see them performing their butterfly-like display and we may also find a perched bird which will round off a great afternoon/evening.
£40 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 16th June 2021 – SUFFOLK COAST AFTERNOON & NIGHTJAR EVENING
We will spend the afternoon birding along and around the South Suffolk Coast, where during our 2020 trips we saw up to 22 Eurasian Spoonbills plus species such as Spotted Redshank, European Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper and flocks of Black-tailed Godwits.

Early evening we will tuck into our picnic ‘evening meal’ before visiting an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As we will be nearing the ‘longest day’ we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Common Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, Yellowhammer and Woodlark before it gets dark. Fallow Deer frequent the area at dusk and we may see and hear Tawny Owl before we see the star of show – the European Nightjar

As dusk falls we will listen for them ‘churring’ before they go out to feed on moths and other insects. With luck we will see them performing their butterfly-like display and we may also find a perched bird which will round off a great afternoon/evening.
£40 per person
2 Places Available

Thursday 17th June 2021 – SUFFOLK COAST AFTERNOON & NIGHTJAR EVENING
We will spend the afternoon birding along and around the South Suffolk Coast, where during our 2020 trips we saw up to 22 Eurasian Spoonbills plus species such as Spotted Redshank, European Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper and flocks of Black-tailed Godwits.

Early evening we will tuck into our picnic ‘evening meal’ before visiting an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As we will be nearing the ‘longest day’ we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Common Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, Yellowhammer and Woodlark before it gets dark. Fallow Deer frequent the area at dusk and we may see and hear Tawny Owl before we see the star of show – the European Nightjar

As dusk falls we will listen for them ‘churring’ before they go out to feed on moths and other insects. With luck we will see them performing their butterfly-like display and we may also find a perched bird which will round off a great afternoon/evening.
£40 per person
1 Place Available

Friday 18th June 2021 – SUFFOLK COAST AFTERNOON & NIGHTJAR EVENING
We will spend the afternoon birding along and around the South Suffolk Coast, where during our 2020 trips we saw up to 22 Eurasian Spoonbills plus species such as Spotted Redshank, European Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper and flocks of Black-tailed Godwits.

Early evening we will tuck into our picnic ‘evening meal’ before visiting an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As we will be nearing the ‘longest day’ we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Common Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, Yellowhammer and Woodlark before it gets dark. Fallow Deer frequent the area at dusk and we may see and hear Tawny Owl before we see the star of show – the European Nightjar

As dusk falls we will listen for them ‘churring’ before they go out to feed on moths and other insects. With luck we will see them performing their butterfly-like display and we may also find a perched bird which will round off a great afternoon/evening.
£40 per person
2 Places Available

Saturday 19th June 2021 – SUFFOLK COAST AFTERNOON & NIGHTJAR EVENING Weekend date added on request
We will spend the afternoon birding along and around the South Suffolk Coast, where during our 2020 trips we saw up to 22 Eurasian Spoonbills plus species such as Spotted Redshank, European Turtle Dove, Wood Sandpiper and flocks of Black-tailed Godwits.

Early evening we will tuck into our picnic ‘evening meal’ before visiting an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As we will be nearing the ‘longest day’ we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Common Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, Yellowhammer and Woodlark before it gets dark. Fallow Deer frequent the area at dusk and we may see and hear Tawny Owl before we see the star of show – the European Nightjar

As dusk falls we will listen for them ‘churring’ before they go out to feed on moths and other insects. With luck we will see them performing their butterfly-like display and we may also find a perched bird which will round off a great afternoon/evening.
£40 per person
Fully Booked

Wednesday 23rd June 2021 – BOWER’S MARSH RSPB RESERVE AND CANVEY WICK RSPB RESERVE – Birds, Bees and Bugs
We spend the morning exploring the RSPB reserve with freshwater pools and scrub that are home to breeding waders and wildfowl plus species including possible Black-necked Grebe, Grasshopper Warbler and Eurasian Hobby and then the afternoon session at Canvey Wick Buglife reserve looking for the many butterflies, bees, grasshoppers and crickets which make this place their home.
£30 per person
Places Available

Friday 25th June 2021 – LAKENHEATH RSPB RESERVE – Bittern, Crane and Insect Special
We spend the day on the Suffolk/Norfolk border at this fabulous fenland reserve where we will search for Common Crane, Eurasian Hobby, Common Kingfisher, Eurasian Bittern and a multitude of warblers that will include Garden, Lesser & Common Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge. The reserve is also a hotspot for insects and flowers such as Variable Damselfly, Scarce Chaser and Red-eyed Damselfly.
£40 per person
Places Available

Saturday 26th June 2021 – LAKENHEATH RSPB RESERVE – Bittern, Crane and Insect Special
We spend the day on the Suffolk/Norfolk border at this fabulous fenland reserve where we will search for Common Crane, Eurasian Hobby, Common Kingfisher, Eurasian Bittern and a multitude of warblers that will include Garden, Lesser & Common Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge. The reserve is also a hotspot for insects and flowers such as Variable Damselfly, Scarce Chaser and Red-eyed Damselfly.
£40 per person
Places Available

Thursday 8th July 2021 – FRIDAYWOODS WILDLIFE DAY – Birds and Butterfly Special
The expansive area of Fridaywoods south of Colchester is home to a huge variety of wildlife and we spend the day exploring this amazing area. The woods are home to Silver-washed Fritillary & White Admiral Butterflies plus Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks. We can expect to see a good selection of damselflies and dragonflies plus birds too! There will also be lots of photographic opportunities.
£30 per person
Places Available

Friday 9th July 2021 – BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & ORCHIDS OF THE CHILTERNS
Aston Rowant national nature reserve lies on the north western escarpment of the Chiltern Hills, overlooking the Vale of Oxford.

The air is full of the scent of Basil, Thyme and Marjoram and butterflies such as Chalkhill Blue and Marbled White can be seen feeding in the rich wildflower meadows that are grazed by Beulah Sheep and a small herd of feral goats.

Orchids such as Pyramidal, Greater Butterfly, Frog, Bee and Fragrant can be seen on the reserve and also the nationally important Chiltern Gentian. Over 400 pairs of Red Kite now breed in the Chilterns and we expect to see them gliding over the surrounding area in search of food offering fantastic photographic opportunities. Common Buzzard and Kestrel are usually present in the area.

During the afternoon we visit a nearby reserve, where Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies occur plus Greater Butterfly, Bird’s Nest and Bee Orchid and both Narrow-lipped and Broad-leaved Helleborine can be found.
£40 per person
1 Place Available

Saturday 10th July 2021 – FRIDAYWOODS WILDLIFE DAY – Birds and Butterfly Special
The expansive area of Fridaywoods south of Colchester is home to a huge variety of wildlife and we spend the day exploring this amazing area. The woods are home to Silver-washed Fritillary & White Admiral Butterflies plus Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks. We can expect to see a good selection of damselflies and dragonflies plus birds too! There will also be lots of photographic opportunities.
£30 per person
Places Available

Tuesday 13th July 2021 – STOUR WOOD RSPB RESERVE & WRABNESS EWT RESERVE – Turtle Doves, Fritillaries and Hairstreaks
We start the morning at Wrabness where with luck, we will find one of the local European Turtle Doves with the chance of Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Bullfinch, Sand Martin and Yellowhammer. As the day warms up we head to nearby Stour Wood in search of butterflies including Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral plus a multitude of other insects and flowers.
£30 per person
Places Available

Thursday 15th July 2021 – STOUR WOOD RSPB RESERVE & WRABNESS EWT RESERVE – Turtle Doves, Fritillaries and Hairstreaks
We start the morning at Wrabness where with luck, we will find one of the local European Turtle Doves with the chance of Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Bullfinch, Sand Martin and Yellowhammer. As the day warms up we head to nearby Stour Wood in search of butterflies including Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral plus a multitude of other insects and flowers.
£30 per person
Places Available

Thursday 22nd July 2021 – SURREY HEATHLANDS – Bugs & Birds
Thursley Common is one of the largest remaining fragments of Surrey heathland and includes areas of lowland heath, mire and woodland, this mixture being one of the finest examples of its type in southern England. Supporting a range of typical heathland wildlife including large invertebrate populations, it contains bog pools, sphagnum lawns and in drier areas, tracts of Cross-leaved Heath on the sandy soils.

Damp areas support carnivorous plants such as sundews, Bog Asphodel and Bog Myrtle. There are large populations of Grayling and Silver-Studded Blue Butterflies along with smaller numbers of Woodlark, Tree Pipit, Common Redstart and Dartford Warbler.

The wet pools are home to over 24 species of dragonfly including Brilliant and Downy Emeralds, Golden-ringed, Black Darter, Keeled Skimmer and Small Red Damselfly. All these insects are rich pickings for the Eurasian Hobby, which regularly give fantastic views as they fly low over the pools. Sandier sites on the reserve provide homes for many species of solitary bees and wasps. We can also expect to see Common Lizard basking on the boardwalks.

This trip has excellent photographic opportunities so don’t forget your camera!
£40 per person
Fully Booked

Friday 23rd July 2021 – SURREY HEATHLANDS – Bugs & Birds (Extra date added on request)
Thursley Common is one of the largest remaining fragments of Surrey heathland and includes areas of lowland heath, mire and woodland, this mixture being one of the finest examples of its type in southern England. Supporting a range of typical heathland wildlife including large invertebrate populations, it contains bog pools, sphagnum lawns and in drier areas, tracts of Cross-leaved Heath on the sandy soils.

Damp areas support carnivorous plants such as sundews, Bog Asphodel and Bog Myrtle. There are large populations of Grayling and Silver-Studded Blue Butterflies along with smaller numbers of Woodlark, Tree Pipit, Common Redstart and Dartford Warbler.

The wet pools are home to over 24 species of dragonfly including Brilliant and Downy Emeralds, Golden-ringed, Black Darter, Keeled Skimmer and Small Red Damselfly. All these insects are rich pickings for the Eurasian Hobby, which regularly give fantastic views as they fly low over the pools. Sandier sites on the reserve provide homes for many species of solitary bees and wasps. We can also expect to see Common Lizard basking on the boardwalks.

This trip has excellent photographic opportunities so don’t forget your camera!
£40 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 18th August 2021 – WADER SPECTACULAR at Old Hall Marshes RSPB Reserve and Abberton Reservoir
We will spend the morning exploring the fabulous wetlands at Old Hall Marshes where waders will be very much in evidence. A morning high tide will see good numbers of species including Golden, Grey & Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshank and Green Sandpiper with the chance of a rarity! After lunch we drive the short distance to Abberton Reservoir in search of more waders with a chance of Great Egret, Red-crested Pochard, Garganey and many more.
£30 per person
Places Available

Monday 23rd August 2021 – WADER SPECTACULAR at Old Hall Marshes RSPB Reserve and Abberton Reservoir
We will spend the morning exploring the fabulous wetlands at Old Hall Marshes where waders will be very much in evidence. A morning high tide will see good numbers of species including Golden, Grey & Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshank and Green Sandpiper with the chance of a rarity! After lunch we drive the short distance to Abberton Reservoir in search of more waders with a chance of Great Egret, Red-crested Pochard, Garganey and many more.
£30 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 25th August 2021 – MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE – Wader and Warbler Migration Special
Minsmere RSPB reserve on the Suffolk coast needs no introduction as a great place to spend the day in late summer. Wader migration is in full swing with Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlin using the vast wetlands. Other species we hope to see include Eurasian Bittern, Eurasian Hobby, Little Gull, Sandwich Terns, Spotted Flycatcher, European Stone-Curlew, Whinchat, Dartford Warbler and many more. A day not to be missed!
£40 per person
1 Place Available

Friday 27th August 2021 – MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE – Wader and Warbler Migration Special
Minsmere RSPB reserve on the Suffolk coast needs no introduction as a great place to spend the day in late summer. Wader migration is in full swing with Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlin using the vast wetlands. Other species we hope to see include Eurasian Bittern, Eurasian Hobby, Little Gull, Sandwich Terns, Spotted Flycatcher, European Stone-Curlew, Whinchat, Dartford Warbler and many more. A day not to be missed!
£40 per person
Places Available

Saturday 28th August 2021 – FINGRINGHOE WICK EWT RESERVE – Waders, Dragonflies and other Insects
Late summer is rather quiet for passerines but waders are returning from their arctic breeding grounds and should include Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Red Knot, Dunlin and European Golden Plover still in breeding plumage. Fingringhoe Wick is also a great place to see many species of insect and with luck we may find Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies, Willow Emerald damselflies plus the superb Beewolf!
£30 per person
Places Available

Friday 3rd September 2021 – THE SUFFOLK FENS – Fen Raft Spider, Dragonflies and other Insects
We spend the morning in the Suffolk Fens looking for one of Britain’s rarest Arachnids, the Fen Raft Spider. Measuring up to 7cm, this amazing creature can be found lurking in the peaty pols which dot this reserve. Photo opportunities abound on this trip with some great insects such as Willow Emerald Damselflies and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies. After lunch we will visit another part of the reserve where Eurasian Hobbies can be found plus a wide range of flora and fauna.
£40 per person
2 Places Available

Monday 6th September 2021 – BLUE HOUSE FARM EWT RESERVE – Whinchats, Wheatears and Waders
We spend the day at this excellent reserve on the banks of the River Crouch where we hope to see passage waders including Common, Green and Wood Sandpipers along with Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank and others. The reserve is an excellent place to catch up with migrating Whinchat and Wheatear as they pass through on their migration south to Africa. Western Yellow Wagtails may be found amongst the grazing animals and it a great place to see Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Common Buzzard and maybe an early wintering Merlin as well as interesting insects and flora.
£30 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 8th September 2021 – MIGRATION BIRDING SPECIAL at The Naze and Holland Haven
A first of several autumn trips to the migrant hotspots of The Naze and Holland Haven. We will be searching for migrants such as Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and maybe something rarer such as Red-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler or Richard’s Pipit. Other species we hope to see include Sandwich Tern, Sanderling and Mediterranean Gull plus a good selection of waders and wildfowl.
£30 per person
Places Available

Friday 10th September 2021 – GUNNERS PARK AND TWO TREE ISLAND EWT RESERVE – Warblers, Seabirds and Waders
Depending on tides and weather conditions we explore the scrubland around Gunners Park which attracts migrants such as European Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Whinchat and Northern Wheatear with the chance of Eurasian Wryneck. Two Tree Island is a great place to see autumn warblers including Lesser and Common Whitethroats plus the surrounding estuary which is home to flocks of waders including thousands of Red Knot, making a great spectacle!
£30 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 15th September 2021 – MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE – Red Deer, Stone-Curlew and Wader Special
Minsmere RSPB reserve on the Suffolk coast needs no introduction as a great place to spend the day in late summer. Wader migration is in full swing with Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlin using the vast wetlands. Other species we hope to see include Eurasian Bittern, Eurasian Hobby, Red Deer, Little Gull, Sandwich Terns, Spotted Flycatcher, European Stone-Curlew, Whinchat, Dartford Warbler and many more. A day not to be missed!
£40 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 22nd September 2021 – MIGRATION BIRDING SPECIAL at The Naze and Holland Haven
A second of several autumn trips to the migrant hotspots of The Naze and Holland Haven. We will be searching for migrants such as Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and maybe something rarer such as Red-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler or Richard’s Pipit. Other species we hope to see include Sandwich Tern, Sanderling and Mediterranean Gull plus a good selection of waders and wildfowl.
£30 per person
Places Available

Friday 1st October 2021 – AUTUMN MIGRATION IN COASTAL SUFFOLK – Thrushes, Warblers and Rarities
Autumn is a great time to catch up with some easterly species and early wintering birds such as Yellow-browed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike and Snow Bunting.

Our day in Suffolk will provide us with the best birds around and watching weather forecasts carefully, we hope they are favourable for migration.

A huge variety of migrants are possible and scarce/rare species could include Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Grey Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull and Leach’s Petrel through to Radde’s, Dusky, Yellow-browed and Pallas’s Leaf Warblers.

On previous tours we have seen Lapland Bunting, Rough-legged Buzzard, Pallid Swift, Rose-coloured Starling, Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll and Barred Warbler amongst others.

We will have up-to-the-minute bird news ensuring we make the most of the day! Rendezvous location depending on bird news.
£40 per person
2 Places Available

Saturday 2nd October 2021 – AUTUMN MIGRATION IN COASTAL SUFFOLK – Thrushes, Warblers and Rarities
Autumn is a great time to catch up with some easterly species and early wintering birds such as Yellow-browed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike and Snow Bunting.

Our day in Suffolk will provide us with the best birds around and watching weather forecasts carefully, we hope they are favourable for migration.

A huge variety of migrants are possible and scarce/rare species could include Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Grey Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull and Leach’s Petrel through to Radde’s, Dusky, Yellow-browed and Pallas’s Leaf Warblers.

On previous tours we have seen Lapland Bunting, Rough-legged Buzzard, Pallid Swift, Rose-coloured Starling, Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll and Barred Warbler amongst others.

We will have up-to-the-minute bird news ensuring we make the most of the day! Rendezvous location depending on bird news.
£40 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 6th October 2021 – CANVEY ISLAND – Seawatching and Migration Special
We spend the morning overlooking the Thames Estuary in search of seabirds and waders that have pushed into the estuary on northeasterly/easterly winds. Species we hope to see may include Arctic and Great Skua and Northern Gannet plus the chance of shearwaters, petrels or gulls such as Sabine’s. Canvey is probably the best site in Essex to see Long-tailed Skua so we will keep our fingers crossed! During the afternoon we drive the short distance to West Canvey Marshes RSPB reserve where wildfowl numbers will be building and passerines such as Northern Wheatear and Whinchat are still possible. Red-backed Shrike and Eurasian Wryneck have been recorded from this area in recent years.
£30 per person
Places Available

Wednesday 20th October 2021 – MIGRATION BIRDING SPECIAL at The Naze and Holland Haven
Our final autumn trip to the migrant hotspots of The Naze and Holland Haven. We will be searching for migrants such as Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and maybe something rarer such as Red-backed Shrike, Barred Warbler or Richard’s Pipit. Other species we hope to see include Sandwich Tern, Sanderling and Mediterranean Gull plus a good selection of waders and wildfowl.
£30 per person
2 Places Available

Saturday 23rd October 2021 – NORTHWEST NORFOLK AUTUMN VAGRANT SPECIAL
We will spend the day in Northwest Norfolk catching up with the best of autumn bird migration and hope to see seabirds such Northern Gannet, Great Skua or Sooty Shearwater and Sandwich Tern amongst others. If winds are from the east then anything is possible! We will search among common migrants such as Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Eurasian Skylark for something rarer such as Red-breasted Flycatcher, Eurasian Wryneck, Great Grey Shrike, Lapland Bunting or Short-toed Lark.

On previous tours at this time of year we have seen Little Crake, Wilson’s Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Siberian Stonechat, Little Bunting, Radde’s Warbler, Booted Warbler, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden Plover and Glossy Ibis amongst others. Rendezvous location depending on bird news.
£40 per person
2 Places Available

Saturday 30th October 2021 – NORTHWEST NORFOLK AUTUMN VAGRANT SPECIAL
We will spend the day in Northwest Norfolk catching up with the best of autumn bird migration and hope to see seabirds such Northern Gannet, Great Skua or Sooty Shearwater and Sandwich Tern amongst others. If winds are from the east then anything is possible! We will search among common migrants such as Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Eurasian Skylark for something rarer such as Red-breasted Flycatcher, Eurasian Wryneck, Great Grey Shrike, Lapland Bunting or Short-toed Lark.

On previous tours at this time of year we have seen Little Crake, Wilson’s Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Siberian Stonechat, Little Bunting, Radde’s Warbler, Booted Warbler, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden Plover and Glossy Ibis amongst others. Rendezvous location depending on bird news.
£40 per person
2 Places Available

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