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Marsh & Estuary Bird Walk

Friday 31 August, 6pm to 8.30pm

The mixed landscape of the Sharpham Estate beside the picturesque Dart estuary provides an ideal location for many different bird species.

Enjoy an evening guided walk to find some of the estuary's more secretive birds in the reed beds, busy feeding and putting on weight before their southward migrations. These could include Reed and Sedge Warbler, but also resident Cetti's Warbler and Reed Bunting.

We'll look on the estuary for wading birds, gulls and wildfowl and clues to the birds' identities will be given by bird expert Mike Langman.

An osprey - which might be seen on Sharpham's marsh and estuary bird walk with Mike Langman

If we are very lucky, an Osprey (above) might even put in an appearance. Their favourite fishing time is on a rising low tide as the local mullet move up onto the shallow flooding mudflats.

Says Mike: "All sorts of birds use the Dart estuary to rest and feed. August is a great month to see anything from Little Egret families with their young recently flown the nest, and fast-growing Shelduck chicks shovelling through the mud to find tiny snails to eat."Mike Langman at The Sharpham Trust

"Ospreys are still rare visitors to our South West rivers but August 2017 saw an unprecedented influx, with at least 3 on the Dart - I hope 2018 will be even better."  

Another speciality of Sharpham is its bats which should be emerging from their daytime roosts as it gets dark. 

This event costs £12 for adults and £4 for children. 


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?

  • A snack if you get peckish along the way
  • A hat
  • Waterproofs
  • Good comfy shoes or wellies
  • 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
  • Bottle of water

This event runs from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Meet outside the Coachyard at the rear of Sharpham House.

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

This event costs £12 per adult and £5 for children.

Mike Langman

Mike Langman

Leaving Art College in 1983, Mike worked for the RSPB at their headquarters in Bedfordshire for 9 years. His work can be seen on nearly every RSPB reserve used as identification cards, murals in information centres and hides as well as on the RSPB website.

A full-time bird illustrator since 1991, Mike has worked for many book publishers, organisations and his work regularly appears in the all of the UK’s birdwatching and BBC Wildlife magazines. To date, he's illustrated 53 bird books. He contributes work as voluntary Art Editor for the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society and for 8 years served as County Bird Recorder. His opinion is regularly sought on bird identification problems both at county and national level. Mike travels the SW giving lectures, running birdwatching courses and walks as well as leading foreign birdwatching tours.  


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This event costs £12 per adult and £5 for children.

Book easily and securely online here, by phoning 01803 732542 or by emailing [email protected]

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