Scilly in Autumn

One of the premiere birding locations in the UK – we visit the infamous Scilly in Autumn looking for migrant birds.

Binoculars are strongly encouraged, as well as a scope if possible. Cameras are greatly encouraged!

At this time of year, The Isles of Scilly has a proven track record of attracting common, scarce and rare migrants to its scenic shores. We will no doubt see Wheatears, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests, Blackcaps, Swallows and House Martins as they prepare for their journeys further south. Scarce visitors to the islands in October might include Red-backed Shrike, Jack Snipe, Spotted Crake, Richard’s Pipit, American Golden Plover, Rose-coloured Starling, Short-toed Lark, etc. while rarities could include anything from all points east, north, south and west – sometimes in the same hedgerow at the same time! Of course, nothing is guaranteed where birds are concerned and if there are no rare or scarce birds to see, we will attempt to find our own!

The week includes breakfast and evening meals, lunch is not provided but we will make stops.
Drinks are excluded.

There may be some long days and some early starts. Please bare in mind this is a predominantly walking holiday and a decent level of walking-ability is required.


Day One: We meet at Penzance ferry terminal ready to make our way onto the Scillonian III to St Mary’s ready to start our birding week. Once we arrive, we will make a stop at our hotel before enjoying a brief walk to a nearby site.

Day Two: First day of birding, we head out to explore St Mary’s a little by visiting some well-known locations such as The Harrison, Harbour and Porth Cressa.

Day Three: We make our first of two boat trips to another Scilly island, St Agnes where we will explore the various fields, as well as Horse Point for a bit of seawatching. Before returning to our hotel for our evening meal.

Day Four: We will enjoy another day of St Mary’s birding primarily focusing on birding the northern part of the island as well as visiting some well-known areas for spring migrants.

Day Five: Another boat trip for us, this time to Tresco too bird around the various fields and hedges

Day Six: Our final full day of birding, we visit some sites we had previously enjoyed as well as any birds we may have missed throughout our tour.

Day Seven: On our final day, we leave our accommodation making a quick stop before departing on our ferry home.

Price per person:

Max group size:

Upcoming dates:
➪ 5th – 11th October 2024

Tour Leaders

What’s Included:
– Accommodation
– 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
– Lunches
– Insurance and other items of a personal nature