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Pembrokeshire in Early Summer

Tour Code: GBR18

A 5-day holiday to enjoy Pembrokeshire's spectacular seabird colonies and other wildlife.

5 days from £595(flights not included) Land Only Price: £0 SRS: £150


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This wildlife holiday offers an introduction to Pembrokeshire’s special natural history, at its best in early summer. It includes visits to spectacular seabird colonies, a rich marine-life and an abundance of wild flowers. Weather permitting, we’ll take boat trips to view Grassholm’s Gannet colonies from the sea (the island is home to 40,000 pairs), and we’ll land on Skomer which at this time of year accommodates over half a million seabirds, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins galore – the latter only an arm’s length away! Offshore, dolphins and porpoises are regularly seen, while on the mainland we’ll search for some of Pembrokeshire’s other natural history delights including a variety of orchids, as well as rare butterflies and dragonflies.

  • Spectacular seabird colonies on Skomer & Grassholm
  • Puffins galore on Skomer
  • 40,000 Gannets on Grassholm
  • Harbour Porpoise & Common, Bottlenose & Risso’s Dolphins all possible
  • Silver-studded Blue, Marsh Fritillary & up to 20 species of dragonfly
  • Numerous limestone flowers, including Lesser Butterfly and other orchids
  • Comfortable hotel based near Milford Haven 
  • Expertly escorted by a Naturetrek naturalist

Food

Breakfast, and evening meals are included. Lunches are not included in the cost of the tour.

Accommodation

A comfortable 3-star hotel in Burton, near Milford Haven; all rooms are non-smoking with private facilities

Puffin (Paul Stanbury)

Puffin (Paul Stanbury)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Arrive Hotel in Burton

Day 2 Skomer

Day 3 Stackpole Head & Bosherton Lakes

Day 4 Minwear Wood, Rosebush and the Teifi or optional boat trip to Ramsey or Grassholm

Day 5 Dowrog Common & St Davids. Depart lunchtime

By June, the remote south-western tip of Wales is teeming with a rich diversity of wildlife from the mainland out to its famous Atlantic islands. The islands of Ramsey, Grassholm and Skomer are transformed during the early summer by the arrival of vast numbers of nesting seabirds: Grassholm is home to 30,000 pairs of Gannets; Skomer, pink-tinged with swathes of Red Campion, accommodates over half a million seabirds, including large numbers of Puffins. Pembrokeshire is well known for its populations of cetaceans, while Grey Seals and Choughs can be seen in many coastal areas. As well as enjoying the area's impressive marine fauna, we'll also take time to explore some of the peninsula's terrestrial habitats from our base in the village of Burton near Milford Haven.

 

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L.W.
Surrey
The trip was brilliant, the guide, Barry Oxley gave far more interest, patience, knowledge and humour than other trips we have been on. The day trip to Skomer Island was magical and the highlight of the trip. The Puffins were a delight. A day that will last with me all my life, brilliant.
A.C.
Gloucestershire
A very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere with lots to see and do. A good holiday!
V.F.
Nottinghamshire
Matt was an excellent leader. He was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, able to adapt the itinerary to suit the weather, hard working and enthusiastic. He gave time to everyone and we gained a good deal of insight from him.
M.C.
Cambridgeshire
We have very happy memories of our trip to St. David's. Thank you to everyone at Naturetrek.
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Mon 11th June 2018 - Fri 15th June 2018

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£595

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The trip was brilliant, the guide, Barry Oxley gave far more interest, patience, knowledge and humour than other trips we have been on. The day trip to Skomer Island was magical and the highlight of the trip. The Puffins were a delight. A day that will last with me all my life, brilliant.
L.W., Surrey