Birding in Somerset
See some great birds in this lovely county during May or June 2019
Somerset is now the best place in Britain to see, and get great views of, some of the country’s most sought-after bird species. The Avalon Marshes are the heron capital of Britain, with up to seven species breeding there. Great White, Little and Cattle Egrets float over the reedbeds, or fish in the watery ditches known as rhynes. Bitterns, too, are often glimpsed as they fly low over the reeds – they are easiest to see in late spring when they are feeding their young. In May and June, you can watch Hobbies chasing dragonflies, Marsh Harriers performing their sky-dance and Cuckoos calling over the reeds. In the nearby Quantock and Mendip Hills, we’ll enjoy a chorus of birdsong, while on the coast almost anything can, and does, turn up. At a time when much of Britain’s birdlife is in decline, Somerset offers a truly awesome birding experience. We at Somerset Birdwatching Holidays pride ourselves on our attention to detail: we take a maximum of six clients in our special vehicle (christened Thunderbird One), and offer luxury accommodation, splendid food and convivial company. With naturalist and author Stephen Moss and keen birder Graeme Mitchell as your guides, this holiday is ideal for birdwatchers at any level, from complete beginner onwards. Our unrivalled knowledge of some of Somerset’s best-kept secret sites, and their birds, means you’ll get unforgettable views of some of Britain’s most charismatic species. We love showing people not just the birds and other wildlife of Somerset, but also the history and culture of this unique county and its myriad landscapes: from hills, to coast, to those magical wetlands. So please join us on a relaxing, enjoyable and, above all, memorable tour.
Great White Egret
Join Graeme Mitchell (above) on the Somerset birding holiday