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Somerset Levels in Winter

14 Feb — 17 Feb 2018 | Tour Director: Peter Exley

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Tour Director

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Peter Exley, BSc

conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1500 at Swan Hotel, Wells, for three nights. Visit to Wells Cathedral followed by drinks reception and introductory lecture.

Day

2

RSPB Ham Wall National Nature Reserve: wetland and reed beds (bitterns, bearded tits, egrets, harriers), and Glastonbury Tribunal (15th century merchant’s house, containing the Glastonbury Lake Village Museum). Afternoon: Glastonbury Abbey, Chalice Well, Glastonbury Tor (optional 250-foot climb to the summit).

Day

3

West Sedgemoor (winter wildfowl roost, birds of prey) and look for the crane flock. Afternoon: Willows & Wetlands Centre (Somerset osier industry), Isle of Athelney (Alfred’s hiding place), Greylake (ducks, snipe, peregrines). Evening: Avalon Marshes (starling roost, birds of prey).

Day

4

Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve: pools, reed beds, wet woodlands (including site of Sweet Track Neolithic causeway) for winter wildlife (bitterns, harriers, waterfowl). Tour disperses 1230 at hotel.

Tour Dates

14 Feb — 17 Feb 2018

Days

4

Cost

£595

Tour Code

SOLE-18

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Cost includes:

accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £60.

Practicalities:

This itinerary below represents a guide to what we hope to offer. Details may be changed nearer the time.

 
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