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Dawn Chorus Walks, Bird Courses and Boat Trips

 

Ever wondered what the dawn chorus sounds like? Want to identify common birds near where you live? My walks and training sessions listed below are an ideal way of getting out early (or late), hearing the onset of spring, and learning who's who in the bird world.

 

 

 

Early Birdsong: Wildlife boat trips up the River Avon

 

In collaboration with the Bristol Ferry Boat Company we will leave the Bristol Harbour early to listen to the morning birdsong along the River Avon near Hanham. We hope to stop and turn off the engine to listen to the riverside sounds while looking for kingfishers, grey wagtails and grey herons. 

Upcoming dates below for 2020. Booking required via this link

Sunday 22nd March, 7am

Sunday 29th March, 7am

Sunday 3rd May, 7am

Waterside Wildlife: Wildlife boat trips down the Avon Gorge

On these trips we will be looking for wildlife between Bristol and Avonmouth, moving through different landscapes including the Bristol Floating Harbour, the Avon Gorge and down to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth. Potential sightings include peregrine falcons, redshanks, roe deer and grey herons. 

 

Upcoming dates below for 2020. Booking required via this link

 

Thursday 28th May, 8:40am 

Thursday 24th September, 9:50am 

Thursday 8th October, 2:00pm 

Photo by Bronwyn Harvey

Dawn Chorus Walks 2020

 

The dawn chorus is the most amazing sound of spring when all birds sing together. If you have never heard it before the sound will simply blow you away. 

 

If a 5am or 5.30am start time is a little too early for your liking I also lead early bird walks that begin at around 8am ish.

Sunday 15th March, 5.30am and ​Saturday 2nd May 4.30am

Forest of Dean, in collaboration with the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Breakfast included. Click here for booking. 

Thursday 19th March and Monday 4th May

Lower Gockett Farm, Lydart, Monmouth

To book please contact Emily and Joe Ryder, lowergockettfarm@hotmail.com or telephone 01600 860984

Saturday 14th March, Sunday 21st March and Sunday 28th March, 5.30am

National Trust, Leigh Woods near Bristol. Click here for booking. 

 

 
 

 

Photo by Bronwyn Harvey

Bird Identification Courses 2020

 

Learning to identify birds and their song is a great way to connect more with nature and take part in bird surveys. Please click on the venue or organisation below for details to book. 

Birdsong on the Downs

Saturday 25th April, 10am - 3.30pm

Bristol Zoo and Clifton Downs,

Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, Click here to book

BTO identification courses:

Wetland bird ID and Wetland Bird Survey

Thursday 7th May, 10am - 4pm

at Magor Marsh, Gwent

Click here to book.

Wetland birds and Wetland Bird Survey

Wednesday 13th May, 10am - 4pm

Magor Marsh, Gwent

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Wetland birds and Wetland Bird Survey

Tuesday 19th May, 10am - 4pm

at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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Wetland birds and Wetland Bird Survey

Wednesday 12th August, 10am - 4pm

at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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