Date and price to be confirmed.
West Cornwall in Autumn can produce some of the best bird watching experiences to be had in the UK. There are so many amazing valleys, reserves and habitats to visit in the west of the county, it is hard to fit them all into one week! But we will try!
Day 1 – Arrive at our accommodation and once we’re booked in we will spend the rest of the day locally at the Gwithian and Hayle areas before evening meal and an early night!
The rest of the week will be flexible as we will keep an eye on local news and head for the best areas at that time. However, our itinerary will be based around the following:
Day 2 – Cot Valley and Kenidjack – Our first day in the valleys looking for migrating passerines. We hope to encounter warblers such as Blackcaps, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, Firecrest, Chiffchaff or possibly Yellow-browed Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, Barred Warbler, Wryneck or something even rarer!
Day 3 – Porthgwarra and Nanjizal Valley – Looking for tired migrants and other Autumn visitors. Expect the unexpected! These two sites are famous for rare and scarce birds. The moorland at Porthgwarra may hold Lapland or Snow Bunting and there may be a Richard’s Pipit amongst the Meadow Pipits and Wheatear. Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Merlin and Ring Ouzel are also potential additions to our list.
Day 4 – Land’s End and Nanquidno. Another day in the valleys seeking migrants. The copses at both sites may have Pied, Spotted or Red-breasted Flycatchers, Firecrest, Wryneck or something even rarer! Previous rarities in these valleys include American Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo, Blackpoll Warbler, Varied Thrush, Bay-breasted Warbler and Yellow-throated Vireo!!! There should be good numbers of commoner birds like Chaffinch, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Brambling and Siskin.
Day 5 – The Lizard. We will park in Lizard Village and explore Church Cove and Lizard Point during the morning. After lunch we re-locate to Kynance Cove in the hope of Choughs and possibly the elusive Dartford Warbler
Day 6 – We will spend the morning at Marazion Marsh and Mounts Bay. After a hearty breakfast we will head to Mounts Bay and Marazion Marsh RSPB reserve to look for reed bed species, Wildfowl and waders. We will then spend some time looking for gulls and seabirds in Mounts Bay before heading back to Hayle for your afternoon departure.
Accomodation – To be confimed
Price – to be confirmed. Will include Bed, Breakfast and evening meal. (packed lunches may be available on request from accommodation) All travel from accommodation to sites included in the cost
Not included – Travel Insurance, lunches and other refreshments