Thames Barge Trips

Please book Barge Trips through Topsail Charters, details below:

Swallow Birding & Wildlife have joined forces with Topsail Charters to offer a superb selection of birdwatching barge cruises. You can choose from either a ‘Walk & Cruise’ a ‘Four Hour Sail’ or a ‘Full Day Sail’.

All cruises will have expert leaders from Swallow Birding & Wildlife to greet you and point out the varied selection of wildlife on and around the Essex & Suffolk Saltmarsh Coast.

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/

 

SUFFOLK RIVERS BIRDING CRUISE
Saturday 28th September 2024  (1030 – 1630)
Leaders: Matt Turner & Steve Grimwade
A really interesting day sail, exploring the Rivers Orwell and Stour with experts from Swallow Birding & Wildlife (www.swallowbirding.co.uk) to help spot and identify the huge numbers of autumn winter birds that visit the rivers Orwell and Stour. From Ipswich you will enjoy going under the Orwell bridge, past Woolverstone, Pin Mill, one of the most painted places on the East Coast, and to Shotley near the mouth of the river, with its old naval training buildings. You head past Felixstowe with its huge container ships and cranes and then through Harwich Harbour and into the River Stour. The Stour is a very pretty river with sights such as the fantastic architecture of the Holbrook Royal Hospital School, Grayson Perrys’ Dream House and the grand beach huts at Wrabness. Fully catered including coffee and biscuits, hot buffet lunch, tea and homemade cake.
£70 per person (Fully Catered)

 

SUFFOLK RIVERS BIRDING CRUISE
Sunday 29th September 2024  (1030 – 1630)
Leaders: Chris Poole  & Richard Allen
A really interesting day sail, exploring the Rivers Orwell and Stour with experts from Swallow Birding & Wildlife (www.swallowbirding.co.uk) to help spot and identify the huge numbers of autumn winter birds that visit the rivers Orwell and Stour. From Ipswich you will enjoy going under the Orwell bridge, past Woolverstone, Pin Mill, one of the most painted places on the East Coast, and to Shotley near the mouth of the river, with its old naval training buildings. You head past Felixstowe with its huge container ships and cranes and then through Harwich Harbour and into the River Stour. The Stour is a very pretty river with sights such as the fantastic architecture of the Holbrook Royal Hospital School, Grayson Perrys’ Dream House and the grand beach huts at Wrabness. Fully catered including coffee and biscuits, hot buffet lunch, tea and homemade cake.
£70 per person (Fully Catered)

 

BIRDS OF THE RIVER BLACKWATER DAY CRUISE
Saturday 12th October 2024  (0700 – 1930)
Leaders: Carla Davis & Simon Wood
During the winter months, the saltmarshes and mudflats of the River Blackwater host huge flocks of waders and wildfowl including Black-tailed Godwits, Pied Avocets, Dunlin, Eurasian Oystercatchers, Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Teal and many less common species as well as a chance of raptors such as Western Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin. 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 & Wildlife (www.swallowbirding.co.uk) are on board to help spot and identify the many species that make the River Blackwater their home.  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. Fully catered from breakfast to tea.
£70 per person (Fully Catered)

 

BIRDS OF THE RIVER COLNE CRUISE
Saturday 19th October 2024  (1100 – 1500)
Leaders: Yvonne Watling & Matt Turner
During the winter months, the saltmarshes and mudflats of the River Colne host huge flocks of waders and wildfowl including Black-tailed Godwits, Pied Avocets, Dunlin, Eurasian Oystercatchers, Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Teal and many less common species as well as a chance of raptors such as Western Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Merlin. Join the barge at Brightlingsea Town Jetty and head up the River Colne, past Pyefleet Creek and Fingringhoe Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve towards Wivenhoe. Experts from Swallow Birding & Wildlife (www.swallowbirding.co.uk) are on board to help spot and identify the many species that make the River Colne home. The barge has central heating, and included is a hearty Brunch Bap with Sausage, Bacon and Eggs plus a hot drink. The bar also serves hot, soft and alcoholic drinks at an additional cost.
£60 per person (Fully Catered)

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