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 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!