Bird watching in Cornwall
Cornwall is one of the most diverse counties in Great Britain in terms of its birds, with over 450 species having been recorded over the years, some of these coming from many other corners of the globe! Each year the county records between 280 and 300 species so it really is a prime location to see something a little different!
Its tapestry of habitats and it's geographical location ensures that Cornwall can be remarkable and fascinating in all seasons. In the winter months divers and grebes use the sheltered bays to seek refuge and food. The food rich estuaries become home to hundreds of waders, wildfowl and gulls and often harbour something a little rarer! Marshlands and reservoirs become home to a large variety of ducks and many species that breed much further North often winter here. The heath lands dotted around the county can hold Hen Harriers, Short-eared Owls as well as Merlins and they are also great places to glimpse the elusive Woodcock and Snipe. The bunting flocks can often harbour our scarcer species and our guides can take you to locations where the rare Cirl or Corn Bunting can be found.
Spring is an exciting time with many migrants returning from Africa and the Mediterranean to either stay in Cornwall and breed or pass through the county to other locations in northern Britain or even Scandinavia. The Sand Martins and Swallows start to arrive in March along with Willow Warblers and are soon joined by a barrage of different warbler species. Often birds that normally breed in deep woodland can be seen reasonably well at a migration hot spot and with patience sublime views can be had. Such species may include Pied and Spotted Flycatchers. This is a time of year when there is a chance of something rare turning up and species such as Hoopoe are annual each spring in Cornwall. The estuaries see a passage of waders and the first of the Whimbrels can be seen, often in large flocks passing through to their summer breeding grounds. It is an exciting time and always rich in bird life!
In the Summer months the moors come alive with breeding Pipits, Wheatears and other interesting species. The Cuckoo can often be heard and seen well with some patience. Also, Redstarts and Flycatchers breed in the sheltered valleys as do Dippers and Wagtails. Barn Owls are often seen in the afternoon as they are out trying to find enough food for their hungry chicks. The sea bird colonies are also in full swing as Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Guillemots raise their young on the dramatic Cornish coastline. The Peregrine Falcon is also doing the same thing and it is a good time to see them as they hunt prey for their growing Eyeass. It can also be a good time to look a little further out to sea where large numbers of ocean dwelling birds pass by and in the right conditions we are visited by the Great and Cory’s Shearwaters. We can also see Storm Petrels and Terns if the weather conditions are right. The Cornish Chough will also be raising young at this time of year and it is a good time to see them as they are generally a little more settled, so good views can be had.
Autumn is a bird-watchers dream in Cornwall as just about anything can turn up! It is a time of year that sees many of Britain’s resident birds moving through migration hot spots in large numbers and the effect can be breathtaking! The headlands and valleys often harbour large numbers of Warblers, Swallows and Martins and a whole host of interesting species that are often very difficult to see well on their breeding grounds. It is the prime time of year for a rarity to turn up and every year sees over shoots from Europe, Scandinavia and even America!
Full Day Bird watching Tour
A full day really allows you to enjoy the best of Cornish bird life and you will get to experience a host of species up close and personal. The aim of the day is to explore the tapestry of environments and habitats Cornwall has to offer, with each location being home to a variety of specialist species. In order to make the most of the your day you really need to let the weather dictate your plan. However, our guides know what to do and where to go in all conditions! You will be taken to locations that are in their prime for the time of year that you are visiting as it is important to us that you really have a memorable and enjoyable experience. However, if you have a desire to see something in particular, the guide will do their upmost to make it possible. We cater for all levels of experience and ensure that you have a fun yet educational time. We currently limit the group size to three, but larger groups can be accommodated on request. To find out more and for prices please e-mail or call so that we can answer your questions and let you know how you can book a date.
Half Day Bird Watching Tour
A half-day trip is guaranteed to put you in the heart of the action, giving us the chance to see many species up close and personal. Our guides can also tailor a morning or afternoon to your requirements: perhaps there is a particular species that you have always wanted to see; or maybe you would like to experience the sights and sounds of a busy seabird colony at close quarters? Whatever you want to do, the guide will ensure that you have a fun and interesting time. As with the full-day tour, some flexibility may be required due to the vagaries of the weather. However, we know what to do and where to go in all conditions! We currently limit the group size to three, but larger groups can be accommodated on request. To find out more and for prices please e-mail or call so that we can answer your questions and let you know how you can book a date.
Learn to be a Birdwatcher Tour
Bird watching is such a rewarding hobby for for many’ of reasons! Perhaps most importantly, it takes you into the natural world and makes you look at it in a new way. You will get to visit some beautiful locations and connect with nature in a way you couldn’t dream of.
On this tour we will guide you through the basics of how to use the tools of the trade. We will also help you answer questions such as: how do I begin to identify a bird that I’m unfamiliar with; where should I go if I want to see a Curlew; what’s the best time of year to look for wild geese? Of course, you will also see a lot of birds on the day!
We can tailor this package to suit your time constraints so for pricing and further information e-mail or call to speak with one of our staff members today.
Evening Bird watching Tour
These tours provide us with an opportunity to witness some of nature’s true marvels.
In the summer months we will seek out the elusive and cryptically-plumaged Nightjar and learn about its behaviour and migration journeys. We will head to some of Cornwall’s most tranquil and pristine landscapes in a bid to hear their bubbling and churring calls and try and see this enigmatic creature in all its glory! There will be plenty of daylight before the Nightjars awaken from their daytime roosts, so we will be able look for some of the other species which share their habitat. This is a truly magical experience that will leave guests exhilarated and enthralled and will be an everlasting memory to take home with you when your holiday is over.
In the autumn and winter months we will turn our focus to another group of birds that capture our hearts and imaginations – owls. We will seek out Barn Owls as they silently quarter their hunting grounds, gently going out about the business of survival. We will also try to locate and hear the Tawny Owl and learn about its haunts and traits. Some years sees a small influx of Short-eared Owls in Cornwall and our guides know just where to take you to witness such a spectacle. Once again, we will head to some of Cornwall’s most tranquil and pristine landscapes and will be left with with memories that will last long.
We currently limit the group size to three, but larger groups can be accommodated on request. To find out more and for prices please e-mail or call so that we can answer your questions and let you know how you can book a date.