Sharpham Bird Walk: Winter Birds

Sunday 19 February, 10.30am to 1pm

Enjoy a guided walk in the landscape of the Sharpham Estate beside the picturesque Dart estuary, watching for winter wading birds, gulls, wildfowl and other wildlife.

Nature events at The Sharpham Trust

The short daylight hours of Winter mean many types of wildlife have to spend all the daylight hours feeding, so there is no quiet or resting time in the limited daylight hours. Birds gather in flocks to help each other find food and look out for danger while they are busy foraging.

We’ve timed the walk to coincide with a rising tide that may push some birds up river including waders, wildfowl and gulls and with luck one of the several Kingfishers along this stretch of the estuary or perhaps a Grey Seal.

Nature events at The Sharpham Trust

In the newly rewilded fields and hedgerows we’ll search for finches, buntings and tit flocks before rising up to the top of the Sharpham Estate and down through woodland. These mixed habitats will include a good selection of different birds.

Says Mike: "Winter days are a great time to be out, less foliage makes spotting and listening for  wildlife much easier. There should even be a few birds that have travelled for other parts of Europe to spend the winter in our relatively frost free Devon.’’

Nature events at The Sharpham Trust

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This event is part of our Wild for People rewilding project that has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, enabling us to offer some free places on this event for adults and children, for those who would find it hard to attend otherwise. Click the Costs tab above to see the prices.

This day is for you if you are:

  • An adult or child of any age and experience who are looking to discover more about birds
  • Interested in learning more about the natural world 
  • A fan of the Great Outdoors
  • Looking for a fascinating, family-friendly event


What should you bring?

  • Binoculars if you have your own (if not we have some spares)
  • Paper and pen if you want to take notes
  • A camera if you want to take pictures
  • A hat
  • Waterproofs
  • Good comfy outdoor shoes or wellies
  • A snack if you get peckish along the way
  • Bottle of water or small flask


We're sorry but dogs aren't welcome on this walk - we'll be exploring areas where there are ground-nesting birds

This event runs from 10.30am to 1pm.

Click here for directions and how to find The Sharpham Trust.

If you're driving, you'll need to park in the green bays beside the middle road off the Three Way Junction:

The Three Way Junction


Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have a number of free places on this event for adults and children, for those who would find it hard to attend otherwise.National Lottery Heritage Fund logo

Adult £12 – standard cost (helps support and sustain the work of The Sharpham Trust)

Adult £6 – subsidised cost for those who need it (still helps The Sharpham Trust)

Adult FREE – fully funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for people on low incomes or unwaged

Children, aged 7-17, FREE - fully funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

There is a maximum of 2 children aged 7-17 per adult. Minimum age of 7 years old to attend this event.


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