Marsh & Estuary Bird Walk

Saturday 31 August, 6pm to 8.30pm

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.

Nature events at The Sharpham Trust

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.Nature events at The Sharpham Trust

Or perhaps we'll find some of the estuary's more secretive birds in the reed beds - such as Reed and Sedge Warbler, but also resident Cetti's Warbler and Reed Bunting - busy feeding and putting on weight before their southward migrations.

Clues to the birds' identities will be given by bird expert Mike Langman.

Nature events at The Sharpham Trust

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."

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 £5 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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