Wildlife of Suffolk: Minsmere & Orford Ness
17 Jan — 21 Jan 2022 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand
• Discover the internationally important wetland reserves of the unspoilt Suffolk coast on this winter wildlife tour
• Highlights include Minsmere, one of the finest nature reserves in Europe, and the wild and remote shingle spit of Orford Ness
• Though our emphasis will be on bird-watching, we shall also examine the region’s ecology, including the disappearing cliffs of the coastal village of Dunwich
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Tour assembles 1600 at Ipswich Station then continues to Thorpeness for four nights at Thorpeness Hotel. Welcome and introductory talk.
Boat trip down River Ore to Havergate Island (wintering avocets, waders, common seals, possibility of short-eared owls). Afternoon at Staverton Thicks (ancient deer park with some of the finest old trees in Suffolk). Evening talk.
Dunwich Heath (disappearing cliffs, estuary) followed by Minsmere for shingle ridges and reed-beds (migrant waders, wintering wildfowl, bearded tits, roosting starlings). Afternoon: walk through woods, marshes and meadows (marsh and hen harrier, barn owl, goldeneye, Bewick’s swan), watch for red deer at dusk. Evening talk.
Whole day in Orford including ferry to Orford Ness (largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe, tour of AWRE ‘pagodas’). Evening talk.
Morning at North Warren Reserve (coastal waders, gulls, seabirds). Tour disperses 1300 at hotel and 1400 at Ipswich Station.
17 Jan — 21 Jan 2022
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Please note that while this tour is not expected to be particularly strenuous, participants should be comfortable walking across rugged and uneven terrain and remaining on their feet for significant periods of time. The shingle terrain at Dunwich is the most demanding, however at Orford Ness visitors progress on designated paths that are well marked and easy to traverse. Please note this tour includes two boat trips.
Cost of £1275 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one packed lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £185.