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The Forest of Dean - Mammal Special

Tour Code: GBR57

A 3-day break with more focus on the mammals of the Forest including Dormice, Badgers and Wild Boar.

3 days from £360(flights not included) Land Only Price: £360 SRS: £60

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 focus on seeing the mammals of the area and special birds. On one evening we will head out after dark with a spotlight to try and see Wild Boar while Fallow Deer and Fox are regularly encountered. We will have a full day to explore various sites and habitats in search of some special birds and those encountered may include Hawfinch, Crossbill, Goshawk and many other woodland species with Great-Grey Shrike now a regular wintering species. On our second full day we will visit an area of mixed woodland with the aim to see a very special species. The Hazel Dormouse. With the help of a local conservationist we will check the Dormouse boxes in the hope of seeing one of these now very rare animals. That same evening will watch for Badgers as they come to feed on peanuts from a nearby sett. This short break is sure to be filled with some of the UKs most special wildlife

  • A special opportunity to see Dormice when boxes are surveyed.
  • Badgers at close range as they come to feed on peanuts just outside house.
  • Spotlighting after dark for Wild Boar.
  • Hawfinch a special bird here and we will aim to see them.
  • Redpoll, Siskin, Crossbill and Brambling all possible
  • Birds of prey in the forest include Goshawk and Peregrines
  • Led by expert naturalist guide
  • Food

    Dinner and Breakfast included, just lunches on both days at own expense.


    Comfortable hotel all rooms en-suite

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    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 special mammals.

    This short break focuses on some of the special mammals here with an aim to see Dormice, Badgers and Wild Boar among others. We will also have the opportunity to explore various sites in search of some special birds. We will be based at a comfortable hotel in the heart of the forest, from where we will make daily walks and short drives. 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. We will be hoping, too, to see such sought-after species as Crossbill and Hawfinch while raptors may include Peregrine and Goshawk.

    Despite the selection of special birds the real highlight of this mammal tour will be visiting an area of woodland with the aim of seeing Dormice. We will join local Dormice conservationists as they check boxes to record the animals. With luck we will have the opportunity to see the Hazel Dormouse in the hand and learn all about the ecology of this endearing animal. Following the box checks and further walks in the forests nearby we will return in the evening to watch Badgers come to the house to enjoy the offering of peanuts. Seeing Badgers close up is a special experience and will be a highlight of this break.

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    Fri 19th October 2018 - Sun 21st October 2018



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    Land only cost: £360 More info

    Room sharing options: Female sharing is available More info

    Visiting: United Kingdom

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