Tours generally start at 0930 at an agreed location, for example a nature reserve car park or we can pick up at towns on route. Your guide will meet you, answer any questions and give you a short briefing on the day or half-day ahead, emphasising the intended route, any health and safety issues and the birds we will be looking for. We will of course take full note of tides, weather conditions and local bird news to help maximise the day’s opportunities.
The walking will be at a comfortable pace (with frequent stops of course to enjoy the birds!) and the distance covered will usually be short or moderate (though longer walks are fine too if you prefer!). We will stop somewhere suitable at lunchtime (around 1230) for you to eat your own packed lunch and, if on a full-day tour, the day will typically finish at around 1600.
Tours are normally built around itineraries of approximately three hours duration, thereby enabling us to offer a half-day tour or a combination of two to make, with lunch, a full day.
Earlier or later starts or finishes are of course available to make the most of some opportunities (for example roosting raptors and geese or evening Nightjars).
Tours will normally have a maximum of four adults plus two children of a minimum age requirement and the guide. This ensures that your requirements can be met as closely as possible and that we give you our full personal attention throughout the tour. For our bookings and tour-filling policy please see 'Terms & Prices’.
Transport to and from the agreed meeting location is included in the tour price.
However, car parking fees, any reserve entrance fees, and food and drink are not included in the quoted price. Any car travel required during the day will also be included in the price by using the Tour car.
Your guide will have quality tripod-mounted
telescopes and binoculars available for your use at all times.Though if you prefer to use your own equipment there is plenty of space on board the vehicle.
Lunch will not be provided unless otherwise stated, you are advised to bring your own packed lunch as we will not necessarily be in easy reach of food during the day. Responsibility for dressing appropriately rest with the individual. This normally means stout footwear and carrying or wearing warm and waterproof clothing according to the conditions. You should also be aware that, depending on the location, we will not necessarily be in easy reach of public toilets during the tour.
The tours are generally physically undemanding but will involve walking short or moderate distances over uneven, unpaved or muddy terrain. We will of course tailor itineraries to meet your needs. If you have any specific mobility or other health issues please let us know.
We can particularly recommend tours based around the following locations, singly or in combination. Please remember though that this list is far from exhaustive and that some locations are better suited to certain times of year than others. Please ask for full details on any of these (or other) locations when submitting a booking request:-
Arne RSPB reserve
Ham wall RSPB reserve
Sedgemoor RSPB reserve
New forest Ashdown ridge