Bird Tours

Birdwatching Breaks at Plovers

The emphasis is very much on a personalised service, with a maximum of four people, at a leisurely pace and visiting only local sites across the Dungeness peninsular and surrounding Romney Marsh. The result is minimal travel that affords maximum stress free birding - all birdwatching sites are within a 20-minute drive of Plovers and most are on the doorstepThere will be ample opportunity to elaborate on the finer points of identification and fieldcraft, along with tips on a range of subjects from optics to field guides.

                               Plovers, Lydd-on-Sea

Inevitably the English Channel itself, plus the coastal reserves of Dungeness and Rye Harbour will feature heavily in any itinerary. However, depending upon the time of year and weather conditions, a variety of local woods, gravel pits, farmland and inter-tidal zones will also be visited.

From the moment you arrive at Plovers you need not worry about a thing. The price includes accommodation (twinned and double bedded room with en-suite facilities), breakfasts, lunches and escorted travel to all birdwatching sites. Please note we do not provide an evening meal as there is a pub/restaurant, The Pilot, nearby. A Plovers bird list is also provided to tally up your sightings. If travelling down by train, collection can be arranged from Ashford main line railway station on request.

Birdwatching Breaks are provided over a three day period. We also provide a four or five day Birdwatching Break, please contact for details.

A typical itinerary for a three day break would be:

Day 1:
Arrive midday.
After settling into your room and refreshments we start your break with an afternoon walk, perhaps to the nearby `desert', Lade Pits or maybe along the foreshore (Lade Bay) depending upon tides.
Return to Plovers late afternoon and update the bird log. On summer evenings there may be an opportunity for a further excursion in the field.
Day 2 :
Following breakfast, a full days birdwatching will take in a range of habitats around the Dungeness Peninsular depending on the season. A mid-day stop for a packed lunch with hot drinks is provided giving time to reflect on the mornings birds.
Return to Plovers by late afternoon and update the bird log, followed by another opportunity for further birding depending on the time of year.
Day 3:
Breakfast followed by a full morning in the field, returning to Plovers for a cold snack and a final log call prior to departure. Depending upon the season and weather conditions a three-day tally of between 80 – 100 species can be expected.
The above itinerary is flexible to your needs and dependent upon the season and local weather. For example a high tide wader roost, a spring Dawn Chorus (best started at 4am!) or a late afternoon winter roost visit for harriers or Bitterns.

Bird Tours

We also provide bird tours on a one off daily basis and can meet at a prearranged site, providing travel around the Dungeness peninsula with or without a packed lunch. This has proved popular with birders visiting the area and wanting a day birding when on business or holiday.
Please contact us for further details and prices as follows:

Telephone: 01797 366935  &  07920 197535
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                                Sedge Warbler, Dengemarsh

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