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South Devon in Winter

Tour Code: GBR19

A weekend wildlife break in search of the wealth of winter wildfowl and waders on the Exe Estuary, including an 'Avocet cruise' and a visit to the Devon heaths.

3 days from £350(flights not included) Land Only Price: £350 SRS: £60


Starting and finishing in the cathedral city of Exeter, we will visit the top bird watching sites along the rich mudflats of the Exe estuary which attract Little Egret, Brent Goose, Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, Oystercatcher, Curlew, grebes,

  • Impressive flocks of wintering wildfowl & waders
  • Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwits, plus sea-ducks such as Common Scoter
  • Boat cruise along Exe Estuary for close-up views of the birdlife
  • Many hundreds of wintering Avocets
  • Large flocks of Brent Geese
  • Chance of seeing Dartford Warbler & Great Grey Shrike on Devon heaths
  • Possibility of seeing one of South Devon’s special birds, the rare Cirl Bunting
  • Extend the weekend to spend time in historic Exeter 
  • Led by an expert naturalist guide

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Pale-bellied Brent Geese

Pale-bellied Brent Geese

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Northern PintailAvocetWater RailGreenshankReed BuntingStonechatDartford WarblerBrent GeeseLapwingCommon SnipeTealPeregrine FalconBar-tailed GodwitCirl Bunting
L.S.
Worcestershire
I would like to commend Dave on his phenomenal knowledge and passion for his subject. Most notable though is his conveyance of passion and enthusiasm without being patronising. He shared his great love for birds and nature and kept myself (a novice birder) interested and stimulated. I have never been on an organised group holiday as I have been leading trips myself for over 10 years so the idea really did not appeal for my spare time. However, this trip exceeded my expectations by far and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, in no small part thanks to Dave. He is a gem! Well done and thank you to both Naturetrek and Dave.
Mr. J
Oxfordshire
I enjoyed this weekend very much. Dave Smallshire was excellent - very efficient arrangements, superb knowledge of the area and birdlife, and a very pleasant and indefatigable guide.
G.J.
London
We saw 91 species, of which 19 were new to me. A lovely trip in a lovely area.
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Fri 16th February 2018 - Sun 18th February 2018

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£350

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Land only cost: £350 More info

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I would like to commend Dave on his phenomenal knowledge and passion for his subject. Most notable though is his conveyance of passion and enthusiasm without being patronising. He shared his great love for birds and nature and kept myself (a novice birder) interested and stimulated. I have never been on an organised group holiday as I have been leading trips myself for over 10 years so the idea really did not appeal for my spare time. However, this trip exceeded my expectations by far and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, in no small part thanks to Dave. He is a gem! Well done and thank you to both Naturetrek and Dave.
L.S., Worcestershire