Saltmarsh opposite Sharpham
Jane Knight

Summer Birds of the Saltmarsh & River

Summary

4 Reviews
1 day - Seasonal
Any nature experience
Max. Spaces: 20

Overview

Join us for a delightful Summer bird walk down to the Sharpham Saltmarsh with expert bird guide Mike Langman.

The walk is timed to coincide with low tide so that we will have the rare chance of walking on the Sharpham Saltmarsh.

We will learn about its crucial importance as a habitat and be able to view birds foraging on the mudflats of the estuary.  Hopefull, these will include waders, wildfowl and gulls - and perhaps a Grey Seal in the river!

Adults and children aged 7 and up are welcome on this walk

A Grey Heron, Curlew & Little Egret
Mike Langman

This day is for you if you are:

  • interested in learning more about the natural world
  • a fan of the Great Outdoors
  • looking for a fascinating wildlife event in South Devon

What you will learn:

  • fascinating facts about the precious saltmarsh habitat
  • information about the different wildlife that relies upon this ecosystem
  • the sights and sounds of birdlife frequenting the saltmarsh
  • more about the River Dart and its significance as a habitat
Canada Geese
Mike Langman

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Snack - our lunch will be early and the foraging walk is a long one, so bring a healthy snack if you get peckish along the way
  • Your packed lunch
  • Hat and warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Good comfy shoes or wellies
  • Paper and pen if you want to take notes
  • Bottle of water
  • 2 clean glass jars (medium or small, not large)
  • A basket with a handle or similar for foraging, if you have one

•             a packed lunch

•             bottle of water

•             Waterproofs

•             Good comfy shoes or wellies

•             Paper and pen if you want to take notes

•             Camera if you want to take pictures

•             We will supply enough fresh organic veg for all the ferment types you'll be making, but if you'd like to add your own home grown (must be organic) or wild foraged produce them please bring it along

•             4 clean "clip-top" jars (2 x 1 litre and 2 x half litre).  You are welcome to bring other types of jar but clip top jars are "self burping" so are safer and generally more reliable

 

It's a good idea to bring the following:

  • Binoculars! Although if you don't have any, we can supply some
  • Paper and pen if you want to take notes
  • Camera if you want to take pictures
  • Hat & warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Good comfy outdoor shoes or wellies
  • Snack - bring a health snack if you get peckish along the way
  • Bottle of water

Getting here and accessibility

There is parking available behind Sharpham House - see here for more details on reaching us. We'll also meet at this point ahead of the event.

The walk will be about 1-1.5km circular route across rough ground and through long grass in places. 

We will go downhill to the river and then we'll be walking uphill to return. Unfortunately the ground is unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, but babies in carriers are welcome.

Schedule

This day runs from 10.15am - 12.45pm.

Reviews

Fantastic info! Very knowledgeable.

participant on a Sharpham Trust nature event

Lovely being out of doors, with such a knowledgeable bird guide

participant on a Sharpham Trust nature event

It was a fantastic experience

participant on a Sharpham Trust nature event
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Sharpham State

The Sharpham Estate

We're a 550-acre estate on the banks of the River Dart, set within a National Landscape Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We've been designated organic and we're rewilding parts of the estate, helping to restore nature and to connect people to the land and themselves through our programme of retreats, courses and events.

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Leaders

Mike Langman
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Costs

 

Adults cost £6, children aged 7-17 years are £4.

There can be a maximum of two children per accompanying adult.

Available dates

2024 17 Aug

Summer Birds of the Saltmarsh and River

With Mike Langman