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winter birding in the West Country

This short break take us to some of the best sites in Devon and Somerset in search of birds of the wetlands and coast.
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Four nights accommodation, half board. Local transport and entry fees as specified in itinerary.

Not included

Travel to Kingskerswell. Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 5, maximum 14. 

Devon is the perfect location for a winter break and this trip will introduce us to some of the special winter wildlife of this beautiful county and give us a chance to encounter some of its rich birdlife.

From our base in rural Devon, where we will stay in a restored 13th Century mill, we will visit some of the important local areas for wintering birds.

We explore the Exe Estuary on a gentle cruise giving us the opportunity to see some of the wintering waders and wildfowl for which the area is internationally recognised. Striking Avocets are joined by Curlew, Dunlin, Redshank, godwits and plovers, and wintering divers and grebes should be spotted in the shallows.

Our next day sees us head to the extensive wetlands of the Somerset Levels in neighbouring Somerset. Here we can expect to see a good range of birds including Lapwing, Pintail and Great White Egret, along with hopefully, a Bittern or two. Our day ends watching the vast Starling roost murmuring its way back into the reeds.

We will also spend a day in Torbay, stating with some time around Brixham Harbour where we will look for wintering Great Northern Divers along with Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers, before we turn our attentions to the fields and hedgerows as we search for the Cirl Bunting; a Devon speciality!

As well as the avian stars we also have chances to see mammals including Grey Seals loafing in the estuary or harbour, along with a chance of Water Voles and Otters on the Somerset Levels. All in all we expect to enjoy some fantastic West Country wildlife. 

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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