LocalBIRDER days

LocalBIRDER is a response to requests by our customers to provide a local birding experience.

All the tours run from 9am and finish at 4pm with the meeting point a recognised car park at the venue

The cost for the day is £20 (Admission to reserves not included)

All you need is a pair of binoculars and packed lunch, If you don't possess a telescope, do not worry as SWALLOW BIRDING has one for everybody to look through.

Booking is essential, give us a call or email to book your place.
Wednesday 29th January 2020
ABBERTON RESERVOIR
A visit to Abberton Reservoir, one of the best locations on the East Coast for winter birding. Whilst exploring the many watchpoints, hides and causeways we can expect a good day list with species such as Eurasian Bittern, Great Egret, Smew, Goosander, Western Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and possible rarities such as Ring-necked Duck or Green-winged Teal. A trip not to be missed!

Wednesday 12th February 2020
WRABNESS EWT RESERVE & MISTLEY WALLS
A day with the morning spent at Mistley Walls hopefully for ‘waders galore’ plus large numbers of Northern Pintail plus Common Goldeneye, Common Kingfisher and then onto Wrabness with again, large flocks of waders plus Eurasian Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Western Barn Owl and maybe Water Rail.

Wednesday 26th February 2020
BRADWELL & DENGIE COAST
A great destination to spend a winter day with a variety of habitat including mudflats, saltmarsh and open estuary attracting a wide variety of waders and wildfowl. After lunch we visit Bradwell Bird Observatory to scan for raptors. On previous trips we have seen Peregrine Falcon, Hen & Marsh Harriers, Merlin, Sparrowhawk plus Little, Short-eared & Western Barn Owls!

Wednesday 11th March 2020
TOLLESBURY WICK EWT RESERVE
A circular walk around the seawall with a focus on wintering wader species such as Red Knot, Sanderling, European Golden Plover, Ruff, Dunlin, Common Redshank and many more. On our last visits to this super reserve we have seen Great Northern & Red-throated Divers, Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter, Western Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Western Marsh Harrier and Merlin.

Wednesday 18th March 2020
WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE
A superb site on the southern shore of the River Crouch with a variety of habitats from lagoons, grasslands and ditches through to estuary and scrub which attract wonderful species such as Hen & Western Marsh Harriers, Short-eared and Western Barn Owl, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon plus thousands of Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Teal. All this and lots of wintering waders make this a great winter destination!

Wednesday 8th April 2020
HOLLAND HAVEN & THE NAZE
A day spent at the excellent sites of The Naze and Holland Haven. During the morning we explore the scrubby habitat and coastal lagoons at The Naze and hope to connect with spring migrants such as Common Chiffchaff, Eurasian Blackcap plus scarcities like Common Firecrest and Black Redstart. After lunch we head south to Holland Haven and spend the afternoon birding the country park where Short-eared Owl, Common Buzzard, Mediterranean Gull plus late winter waders and wildfowl are present on the scrape.

Wednesday 22nd April
FINGRINGHOE WICK EWT RESERVE
Fingringhoe Wick in spring is one of the best reserves in the county for breeding passerines. We hope to see and hear Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap and with luck, the first Common Nightingales will have arrived from their African wintering grounds. The intertidal area is a great place to scan for waders and wildfowl plus an excellent chance of seeing Common Kingfisher.

Wednesday 20th May 2020
MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE
Probably the best reserve on the Suffolk coast with so many habitats ensuring we should see plenty of species. Pied Avocet, Western Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Bittern, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich & Common Terns plus wildfowl and waders. Other goodies should include Cetti’s Warblers, Eurasian Hobby plus the chance of a rarity or two!

Wednesday 17th June 2020
WEST CANVEY RSPB RESERVE AND CANVEY WICK
We spend the morning exploring the RSPB reserve with freshwater pools and scrub that are home to breeding waders and wildfowl and the afternoon session at Canvey Wick Buglife reserve looking for the many butterflies, bees, grasshoppers and crickets which make this place their home.

Wednesday 26th August 2020
FINGRINGHOE WICK EWT WILDLIFE DAY
Late summer is rather quiet for passerines but waders are returning from their arctic breeding grounds and should include Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Red Knot, Dunlin and European Golden Plover still in breeding plumage. Fingringhoe Wick is also a great place to see many species of insects and with luck we may find Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies, Willow Emerald damselflies plus the superb Beewolf!

Wednesday 9th September 2020
BLUE HOUSE FARM EWT RESERVE
We spend the day at this excellent reserve on the banks of the River Crouch where we hope to see passage waders, birds of prey, wildfowl and lots of interesting insects and flora.

Wednesday 23rd September 2020
GUNNERS PARK & TWO TREE ISLAND
Depending on tides and weather conditions, we explore the scrubland around Gunners Park which attracts migrants such as European Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Whinchat and Northern Wheatear wiith the chance of Eurasian Wryneck. Two Tree Island is a great place to see autumn warblers including Lesser and Common Whitethroats plus the surrounding estuary is home to flocks of waders including thousands of Red Knot.

Wednesday 7th October 2020
THE NAZE
A day spent at the excellent birding site of The Naze. During the morning we explore the scrubby habitat and coastal lagoons where in the past we have seen Richard’s Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Firecrest and other migrants. After lunch we head out onto the marshes to continue our search for migrant birds.

Wednesday 28th October 2020
EAST MERSEA
A circular walk from/to Cudmore Grove Country Park. The country park is a great place to scan the Blackwater Estuary where in the past we have seen many Slavonian Grebes. Flocks of Brent Geese feed on the grazing marshes along with European Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwits. The walk will give us a chance to look for raptors such as Common Buzzard, Western Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and possible Hen Harrier. Our walk concludes with a search for the enigmatic Red Squirrel which have been reintroduced and are thriving!

Wednesday 11th November 2020
COLNE POINT & HOWLANDS MARSH
Howlands Marsh is a super place for birding in the winter and on past tours we have seen Western Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Black-legged Kittiwake which was a surprise! Colne Point is our afternoon location where Grey Partridge, Merlin, Corn Bunting, Western Barn Owl, Common Kingfisher and other goodies await us.

Thursday 17th December 2020
RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE
We spend the day at this fabulous RSPB reserve on the north shore of the River Thames. Winter birding can produce Bearded Tits, Cetti’s Warblers and Western Marsh Harriers plus the chance of Western Barn Owl, Great Egret and vast flocks of wildfowl and waders. There is a superb café on site that will certainly be visited!