The Forest of Dean covers an area of about 100 square kilometres and is England’s second largest expanse of ancient woodland. From our comfortable hotel base in the heart of the forest, we will make daily walks exploring the surrounding trails during the day, and on one evening head out in search of Wild Boar! We will hope to see flocks of Siskin and Redpoll as well as Brambling and one of the stars of the forest - the Hawfinch. Mandarin Duck and Goosander should be present and we’ll also look for Dippers on the rivers.
We also offer this holiday in late spring/early summer when the woodlands are home to Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Redstarts and Wood Warblers along with many other species. We’ll look for these and visit a clearing at dusk to look - and listen for - Nightjars. For this holiday please see The Forest of Dean in Spring.
Whichever time of year you choose, this is sure to be a memorable birding break!
Situated in west Gloucestershire, and bordered by the river Wye and the Severn, the Forest of Dean is England’s second largest expanse of ancient woodland. The forest — a magnificent mix of Oak, Beech, Hornbeam and other species, both deciduous and coniferous — covers an area of over 100 square kilometres and is home to an exciting variety of birds, rare butterflies and other wildlife.
This new short break focuses on the special birds and other natural history of the forest at two contrasting times of the year: winter and spring. We will be based at a comfortable hotel in the heart of the forest, from where we will make daily walks to explore the surrounding trails. Our focus will primarily be on the forest’s special birdlife, though there will be an opportunity to head out after dark one evening to look for the Wild Boar which inhabit these beautiful woodlands — an encounter with one of these impressive mammals is always memorable!
During the winter and in early spring, large flocks of Siskins and Redpolls can often be heard ‘chattering’ amongst rows of Alders, and flocks of Brambling can be found. We will also look for Mandarin Ducks and Goosander on a nearby lake ... and for Dippers on the rivers. We will be hoping, too, to see such sought-after species as Crossbill and Hawfinch, along with such declining species as Willow Tit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
As well as a comprehensive selection of commoner birds of prey in the forest, there is also a healthy population of Goshawks, which we will look out for in March when they should be displaying high above their territories; nearby, we will also look for breeding Peregrines. At the time of our late spring visit in May, the woodlands are home to both Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and Redstarts among many other species. Firecrests are also now breeding in the forest, and good numbers of Nightjars may be found in clearings — a dusk excursion to listen to the incredible ‘churring’ of the latter is likely to be one of the highlights of this birding break!
• Hawfinch likely
• Redpoll, Siskin, Crossbill and Brambling all possible
• Look for declining species such as Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
• In March, see Goshawks doing territorial displays
• Birds of prey in the forest including breeding Peregrines
• Led by expert naturalist guide
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Wed 18th Nov - Fri 20th Nov - 2020
Fri 26th Feb - Sun 28th Feb - 2021
Fri 5th Mar - Sun 7th Mar - 2021
Fri 12th Mar - Sun 14th Mar - 2021
Accommodation: Comfortable hotel with private facilities throughout.Food: Breakfasts and evening meals are included in the holiday cost beginning with the evening meal on Day 1 and finishing with breakfast on Day 3. Lunches are not included in the cost of this tour.
* These tours are operated by Naturetrek (ABTA Y6206) for which Nature et Terroir acts as agent.
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Greg has shown a keen interest in wildlife since childhood. At the age of 12, Greg was given his first set of binoculars and he has spent as much time outdoors scouring the British countryside for wildlife ever since! Greg's brother is Naturetrek staff member and tour leader Tom Mabbett; they have spent countless hours watching birds and other wildlife (in the UK and abroad) together since boyhood! Never happier than when he is outdoors, surrounded by nature, Greg has helped develop his family's 10-acre small-holding by creating ponds and log piles, planting trees and making his own nest boxes - he's even managed to attract a pair of Barn Owls to one of his creations! A qualified tree surgeon, Greg is also planning to train as a tree surveyor - so he has succeeded in achieving his goal of spending the majority of his time outside! Greg's European wildlife experience includes looking for sought-after bird and mammal species in Spain, France, Hungary and Poland, and we're delighted that he has joined the Naturetrek naturalist team as a tour leader on our European holidays. In his spare time, Greg enjoys playing 5-a-side football, fishing, spending time in Devon out at sea on the family boat . and birding, of course!
Tom has been fascinated by wildlife and the natural world since childhood. At primary school he learnt all the British bird species, and he's been watching and enjoying them ever since! Trips to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge further fuelled his passion for birds and, when Tom's family bought 10 acres of land, he created his very own nature reserve on it! After gaining a degree in Biology from Exeter University, Tom set off in search of some of the planet's incredible wildlife, first travelling slowly around the world, and then returning to Australia. As well as seeing a wonderful variety of the world's birds on his travels, he also spent a lot of time beneath the surface of the ocean, scuba diving in Thailand, Australia and Fiji. Two of Tom's many highlights were diving with mighty Bull Sharks and swimming alongside gigantic Whale Sharks. Since returning to the UK Tom has worked in school wildlife clubs and also worked at WWT Slimbridge. Having grown up in the Cotswolds, a lot of Tom's spare time has been spent recording the birds and reptiles of this area's commons and wetlands. He also travels in search of overseas wildlife as often as he can, and amongst the European destinations that Tom and his brother have explored have been Hungary, France, Spain, Holland and, most recently, snow-clad Poland in the depths of winter to focus on mammal-tracking. Tom has now lead and co-led over 20 tours in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Greenland, Guyana, La Palma and Scotland as well as short UK breaks including the Somerset Levels and Forest of Dean. Tom remains a very popular leader with our groups and when not out in the field works within our busy operations team at our new office in Chawton.
Day 1: Arrive Speech House Hotel
Day 2/3: Exploring the Forest of Dean