Gower Summer Birds
Join us for a week of some of the finest summer birding! We will be staying at the fantastic Norton House Hotel where all evening meals are also provided.
Binoculars are strongly encouraged, as well as a scope where possible for some seawatching and wildfowl observations.
The week includes breakfast and evening meals, packed lunched will also be provided should we not stop for lunch.
Drinks are excluded.
There may be some long days and some early starts
Suitable for children, and can be adapted for those with disabilities.
Day One: After meeting at the hotel, we embark on an afternoon at Port Eynon where we’ll look among the wooded habitat, the sewage works and the coastal habitats in search of migrant bird species, with also some seawatching from the headland which is a good location to see skuas, terns and shearwaters – it’s also another great location for cetaceans.
Day Two: On our first full day, we’ll spend the morning on a boat trip around Oxwich and Worm’s Head treated to a host of wildlife. After our boat trip, we will visit Rhossili bay, it’s a beautiful location during the summer and a place where we will search for summer migrants on the coast, the area is well known for its Chough and this is our opportunity to catch up with some. We’ll also be looking among the crop-planted fields to see buntings, finches and coastal passerines. We’ll set up and seawatch for some time as we often seen seabirds passing by including terns, gulls, divers and occasionally skuas. This is also a good location to look for cetaceans. After our day, we’ll back our return to our hotel for the evening for our tea.
Day Three: Heading into the woodlands of Carmarthenshire, we’ll take a trek through the broadleaf woodlands in search of some iconic summer Welsh birds such as Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Dipper, Spotted Flycatcher and likely encounter some Red Kites.
Day Four: Today takes us further from our hotel towards Llanelli where we’ll visit Llanelli WWT for some summer migrants, wildfowl and Spoonbills. There’s also a large breeding colony of Black-headed Gulls on the reserve where Mediterranean Gulls also breed. We’ll have a light lunch at the WWT café before venturing further down to coastal path to Kidwelly where we’ll search the quay and the marsh for unusual birds and coastal migrants – this site has often turned up good birds such as Black Tern, Garganey, Curlew Sandpiper, and Glossy Ibis.
Plans will be flexible and we’ll adapt each day to the conditions, rarities and movement.
Likely species could include:
Pied Flycatchers, Garden Warblers, Common Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroats, Stonechat and Whinchats are all common migrants at this time of year, while scare vagrants such as Richard’s Pipit and Cattle Egret and vagrant duck species are all possibilities.
Offshore, seabird passage should include a number of terns and gulls, Gannets and Fulmars, with other shearwaters also regular. Cetaceans are likely also with Porpoise, Grey Seal and Common Dolphins regularly seen.
Price per person:
Max group size:
➪ 9th – 12th May 2022
– Accommodation at Norton House Hotel
– Breakfast and evening meals
– Expert guidance from an experience and knowledgeable guide
– Entrance to all nature reserves and restricted areas
What’s Not Included:
– Drinks during evening meals
– Insurance and other items of a personal nature