Marsh & Estuary Bird Walk
Sunday 22 August, 5.30pm to 8pm
Enjoy an evening guided walk in the landscape of the Sharpham Estate beside the picturesque Dart estuary, watching for wading birds, gulls, wildfowl and other wildlife.
Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are able 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.
During early autumn small numbers of waders pass through the area or arrive to spend the long winter on the estuary. If we're lucky (as in previous years) we'll see one of the colourful kingfishers that regularly fish along the Sharpham stretch of the Dart Estuary or perhaps another Grey Seal will drift up or down the river.
Clues to the birds' identities will be given by bird expert Mike Langman.
Says Mike: "All sorts of birds use the Dart estuary to rest and feed. Early September is a great time 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."
Another speciality of Sharpham is its bats which should be emerging from their daytime roosts as it gets dark.
This day is for you if you are:
- An adult or child (min 7 years old) with any 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
- Good comfy outdoor shoes or wellies
- A snack if you get peckish along the way
- Bottle of water
This event runs from 5.30pm to 8pm.
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:
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.
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.
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.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
Ring us or email us on [email protected] if you've got any questions.
Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.