Devon - 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.
From our base in the village of Chudleigh we will explore the woodlands and coast of South Devon as well as paying a visit over the border to vast wetlands of the magnificent Somerset Levels. During our time here we hope to see a range of winter visitors including Great Northern Divers, Brent Geese and Purple Sandpipers amongst many other waders and wildfowl.
During our outing to the Somerset Levels we have good chances to spot Great Egret, Marsh Harrier and Bearded Tit amongst a great host of birds, and this can be a great time of year to spot Bitterns, which are thriving here after concerted conservation effort. We end our day enjoying the spectacle of one of the UK’s largest Starling roosts, where there can be tens of thousands of birds joining the murmuration.
Our time in Devon will also include a bird-watching cruise on the Exe Estuary to enjoy its rich birdlife as well the chance of spotting Grey Seals, and we will of course be taking some time to look for that true West Country speciality, the Cirl Bunting.