Plovers - Dungeness and Romney Marsh Bird Tours and B&B
The emphasis is very much on a personalised service, with a maximum of four people, at a leisurely pace and visiting only local sites across the Dungeness peninsular and surrounding Romney Marsh. The result is minimal travel that affords maximum stress free birding - all birdwatching sites are within a 20-minute drive of Plovers and most are on the doorstep . There will be ample opportunity to elaborate on the finer points of identification and fieldcraft, along with tips on a range of subjects from optics to field guides.
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Inevitably the English Channel itself, plus the coastal reserves of Dungeness and Rye Harbour will feature heavily in any itinerary. However, depending upon the time of year and weather conditions, a variety of local woods, gravel pits, farmland and inter-tidal zones will also be visited.
From the moment you arrive you need not worry about a thing. The price includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and escorted travel to all birdwatching sites. Please note we do not provide an evening meal as there is a pub/restaurant, The Pilot, nearby. A Plovers bird list is also provided to tally up your sightings. If travelling down by train, collection can be arranged from Ashford main line railway station on request.
Birdwatching Breaks are provided over a three day period at £275 per person. We also provide a four or five day Birdwatching Break, please contact for details.
A typical itinerary would be:
After settling into your room and refreshments we start your break with an afternoon walk, perhaps to the nearby `desert', Lade Pits or maybe along the foreshore (Lade Bay) depending upon tides.
Return to Plovers late afternoojn and update the bird log. On summer evenings there may be an opportunity for a further excursion in the field.
Day 2 :
Following breakfast, a full days birdwatching will take in a range of habitats around the Dungeness Peninsular depending on the season. A mid-day stop for a packed lunch with hot and cold drinks is provided giving time to reflect on the mornings birds.
Return to Plovers by late afternoon and update the bird log, followed by another opportunity for further birding depending on the time of year.
Breakfast followed by a full morning in the field, returning to Plovers for a cold snack and a final log call prior to departure. Depending upon the season and weather conditions a three-day tally of between 80 – 100 species can be expected.
The above itinerary is flexible to your needs and dependent upon the season and local weather. For example a high tide wader roost, a spring Dawn Chorus (best started at 4am!) or a late afternoon winter roost visit for harriers or Bitterns.
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Pat and Paul Trodd
Plovers, 1 Toby Road, Lydd-on-Sea
Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9PG
Phone 01797 366935 & 07920 197535
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