Early Birdsong Wildlife Trip
Introducing our new early birdsong cruise with guest naturalist and wildlife expert Ed Drewitt to explore the River Avon
During this global public health crisis we recognise the great need and responsibility to limit social gatherings and all unnecessary travel. It is therefore with sadness that we have temporarily stopped running services. We do however look forward to welcoming customers back on the water as soon as we can safely do so.
As the days get longer, early birdsong fills our woodlands and gardens as the birds get busy nesting.
On these early cruises we’ll be leaving the city behind and sailing up the River Avon to the wooded valleys near Hanham where we will stop, turn the engine off and listen to the beautiful birdsong.
Leaving the urban gulls, moorhens and peregrines of Castle Park behind we will travel through the Netham Lock and join the River Avon surrounded by trees such as willows, sycamore and alder.
As we head along the river near Hanham we will be looking out for grey herons fishing along the water’s edge, ducks, swans and the brilliant-blue flash of a kingfisher or the yellow blur of a grey wagtail.
At this early time we may even spot deer or foxes. As we stop in the valley we will enjoy the relaxing woodland landscape and the mindful sounds of blackbirds, robins, song thrushes, blackcaps and chiffchaffs singing.
WHERE: Boats trips start from Welsh Back
DURATION: 2 hours
WHAT TO BRING: Warm clothes as the mornings are cold and there can be a cool river breeze. Binoculars and a bird book are not essential but may be useful. We’ll have soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks available to buy at the bar.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: This trip is accessible, and the boat is equipped with a wheelchair lift, BUT if you are unable to get out of your chair we will need to organise a more appropriate pick up location (such as Castle Park nearby). Please call us in the office so we can coordinate this.
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