In partnership with The Walnut Tree Hotel in North Petherton, I am offering my first weekend birdwatching break in Somerset
Friday 3rd June: Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon/early evening. We will have dinner as a group in a private dining area and I will give an introductory talk about the area, and our upcoming tour
Saturday 4th June: A full day birding on the Somerset Levels. We will start on the Avalon Marshes, a restored network of reedbed and open water where we will look for the specialities of the area. Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret will all be feeding their young so should be very visible as they bring food back to their nests. As well as these rare residents, the reedbeds will be alive with warblers, wildfowl, dragonflies and damselfies. On our way back to the hotel we pass through the Southern Levels, where the very different landscape of wildflower-rich grazing land is home to breeding waders and Cranes. Dinner at the hotel
Sunday 5th June: An early start to catch the dawn chorus in the Quantock Hills, and searching for summer migrants like Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Wood Warbler in the oak woodlands. After a packed breakfast we will head to Bridgwater Bay to look for migrant waders on the mudflats as the tide recedes. Return to the hotel late morning and depart at your leisure
Total cost from just £199 per person. This includes 2 nights accommodation, all meals (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 3), transport in our minibus and of course, guiding throughout from me.