Situated in the southwest corner of Wales, Pembrokeshire is a great destination for a long weekend’s birding. With great species such as Red-billed Chough, Atlantic Puffin, Manx Shearwater, European Pied Flycatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Common Redstart, Short-eared Owl and with the fantastic scenery, this is a trip not to be missed!
Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7
Leaving our base in Essex and with possible pickups on route, we travel west to Wales stopping at an area of woodland to look for European Pied Flycatcher, White-throated Dipper, Common Redstart, Wood Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Red Kite, before arriving at the town of Haverfordwest for our three-night stay.
Today, weather permitting, we head to Skomer Island, one of the most easily accessible seabird colonies in northwest Europe. 6,000 pairs of Puffin and 120,000 pairs of Manx Shearwater nest here and though the latter come out only at night to avoid predators, a small number can be seen flying over the sea. Razorbill, Common Guillemot and Red-billed Chough occur and both Little and Short-eared Owls breed on the island.
As well as birds, Atlantic Grey Seals and the Skomer Vole, which is a subspecies of Bank Vole, can be seen and there is a profusion of colour at this time of year, with Red Campion and Bluebells in full flower. Don’t forget your camera!
After a good breakfast, we will spend the day exploring local sites such as Marloes Mere, the Gann Estuary and Dale Airfield.
The wetlands of Marloes Mere and the Gann Estuary hold breeding Sedge, European Reed and Grasshopper Warblers plus Common Shelduck, Little Egret, Eurasian Curlew and occasional scarcities such as Garganey, Eurasian Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis.
Dale Airfield is characterised by sheep-grazed rough grassland with some gorse, which holds Meadow Pipits, Common Reed Buntings and European Stonechats plus good numbers of Red-billed Chough.
During the evening we will head out for a sunset boat trip to watch the Manx Shearwaters as they come in from their feeding grounds to their nesting sites on Skomer Island, and the experience of these sights and sounds will always be something to remember!
We return home via the beautiful woodland at the RSPB’s Nagshead Reserve in the Forest of Dean. This mixed woodland is home to a wide variety of birds including the dapper European Pied Flycatcher and the sleek Wood Warbler which sing their trilling song from the birch woodland.
Other species we hope to see include Hawfinch, Common Redstart, Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Eurasian Blackcap, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Wild Boar which are common on the reserve.
Full board accommodation for 3 nights
All ground transport including Boat Trip to Skomer and evening cruise
Full guiding throughout
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Lunch on day 1
Relaxed, two to three miles walking per day
Expect around 110 species
Tour Cost: £1100
Single Supplement: £90