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Somerset Birdwatching Holidays

Somerset, England tel: 01934 712831 | info@somersetbirdwatchingholidays.com | www.somersetbirdwatchingholidays.com

Somerset Birding Tours

Somerset Birdwatching Holidays offers a unique combination of local knowledge and expertise, luxury accommodation, fine food and good company, to make your visit to Somerset a memorable one. They only take small groups (maximum 8 people; usually 4-6), with two leaders – well-known author and birder Stephen Moss and your host Graeme Mitchell – and offer a range of tours throughout the year, staying for two, three or four nights. They can also arrange bespoke guided tours, targeting specific places and/or species, for groups, couples or individuals.

Somerset is rapidly becoming the very best place in southern England to enjoy a wide variety of birds and landscapes. Home to up to ten species of long-legged waterbirds – including great white, cattle and little egrets, little bittern, night heron, glossy ibis and crane – a dozen species of warblers, and the famous starling murmurations in winter, this is the ideal location for a relaxing yet eventful birdwatching experience. Depending on the length of the trip, there will be visits to the nature reserves at Ham Wall, Shapwick & Meare Heaths and Greylake; longer trips also go to the Quantocks, Mendips and Somerset Coast – including the new reserve at Steart Marshes overlooking Bridgwater Bay.

After your day’s birding, you’ll return to Walls Farm, a 19th-century farmhouse in the quiet hamlet of West Stoughton near Wedmore, hosted by Graeme & Kay Mitchell. Accommodation is normally in newly-converted cottages in the six-acre grounds, complete with all mod cons; some single guests stay at a neighbouring farmhouse B&B.

Meals on the first and last nights are provided by Kay, whose cooking is legendary! On other nights you are welcome to eat at one of several very good local pubs. Lunches and drinks are also provided throughout. Guests can relax in the heated swimming pool, or browse a large selection of bird books.

Birds & Birdsong Tour

Redshanks
 
This one-and-a-half-day tour is timed for when spring is springing and the first From £499 – View Itinerary

Mid-Summer Birds & Butterflies Tour

Baby-Swallows
 
This one-and-a-half-day tour is timed to produce the ideal combination of birds and From £499 – View Itinerary

Starling Spectacular Tour

Starling Spectacular
 
This one-and-a-half-day tour includes two visits to one of the greatest natural spectacles in From £499 – View Itinerary

Spring Birding Bonanza Tour 

Flying-Wigeon
 
This two-and-a-half-day tour, at the best time of year for a range of species, should From £599 – View Itinerary

Complete Somerset Birdwatching Tour 

Little-Owl
 
This three-day tour allows visits to all the best habitats and reserves Somerset offers at From £699 – View Itinerary

Tailor-made Birding Packages 

Great-Whte-Egret
 
Somerset Birdwatching Holidays’ scheduled Birdwatching packages can be Prices on Application – View Itinerary
For more information about Somerset birding tours visit the Somerset Birdwatching Holidays website.
Please note the Somerset Birdwatching Holidays reserves the right to change listed pricing anytime at their discretion.  Please contact them directly to confirm.

Great White Egret

Great White Egret
 
Our tallest and most elegant heron is now a regular sight on the Avalon marshes: stunningly

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
 
Europe’s smallest egret is usually seen on wildlife films or on holidays around the Med.

Purple Heron

Purple Heron
 
The seventh and latest species of heron to breed on the Avalon Marshes, this elusive, largely

Bittern

Bittern
 
More than 50 of these elusive herons now breed on the Avalon marshes, and sightings

Crane

Crane
 
Europe’s tallest and most majestic bird was released onto the Somerset Levels a few years

Hobby

Hobby
 
Our most acrobatic falcon hawks for insects over the Avalon Marshes in early spring,

Starling Murmuration

Starling Murmuration
 
The most famous wildlife spectacle in Britain, with as many as one million birds,

Warblers

Reed-Warbler-Cuckoo
 
Up to a dozen species of warblers breed in Somerset: the Quantocks arte home to Wood

Large Blue and other butterflies

Large Blue and other butterflies
 
Somerset is a hotspot for butterflies; spring and summer tours often provide a good

Otter

Coming Soon
 
With luck, you may catch a glimpse of an otter – Britain’s most charismatic aquatic

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