Guided Walks

Reports/summaries of the walks can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/mikelangmanart

With over 40 years’ experience as a birdwatcher Mike’s knowledge of birds around Torbay is unparalleled. He leads walks for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust & Sharpham Trust (usually during the spring and Summer).

The walks vary from general natural history walks to walks concentrating on particular bird groups or species; most cater for birdwatchers of any ability. Places are always limited – booking is essential.

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You can also book onto Mike’s own walks, places are strictly limited, covid restrictions followed – booking is essential:

Broadsands – Cirls, warblers and seabirds  (FULL)     

Sunday 30th  January         Time: 09.30-12pm     (FULL)  

Cost: £9 adults (under 18’s £5)

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

This year winter was late in getting going, as regular wintering birds still hadn’t arrived by early December. So I’m hoping after some  proper winter weather the divers, grebes and buntings will back in numbers by the end of January. 

We’ll meet at Broadsands car park  then cover the car parks, marshy areas and the headland looking out over Torbay.

The morning will provide us with opportunities to see the Cirl Buntings hopefully with other finches and Yellowhammers, perhaps a chiffchaff or two in the marshes which also regularly hold Gold and Firecrest. Sadly no Yellow-browed Warblers this winter. Out in Torbay there should be divers, grebes and perhaps dolphins too. 

This event is weather dependant and will be cancelled if heavy rain is predicted.

What to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes or welly boots, clothing to suit the weather (remember the weather in winter can quickly change and the headland can be very cold), binoculars, telescope if you have one (very useful when checking the bay). 

Where to Meet:   at the the seawall at the bottom of the first car park at Broadsands near to the small café. 

Meeting point »

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

Torbay winter Boat Trip – Depart Brixham  

Friday 11th February         Time: 08.30am            

£35 adults – places limited to 7 people, booking essential

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

Torbay in winter can hold a fantastic array of seabirds  and one of the best ways to see them is by boat. I am running this specially chartered trip on Kellys hero  at great time of year for wintering seabirds.  

Come along and enjoy a cruise around Torbay visiting Berry Head and it’s off shore islands perhaps the Ore Stone if conditions allow and then around the bay looking for Divers, Grebes, sea duck and hopefully Peregrine there’s also the good chance of seeing Porpoises and Dolphins at this time of year too.

Mike will guide you through the identification of the various wildlife encounters with insight into the behaviour of these creatures. This is a great opportunity for photographers to get closer to seabirds they could never hope to easily photograph from the shore. The weather will play a part in  where we can go on the day and we’ll do our best to make it a pleasant cruise for the small group on board.

If the sea is too choppy the trip will be cancelled and a full refund made.

What to bring: a good pair of binoculars, camera, clothing to suit the weather – remember it can get surprisingly cold for a number of hours at sea.  A cup of tea or Coffee will be provided and biscuits too but bring a hot drink and a snack if you wish, sea sickness tablets for those that think they might need them (usually taken 2hrs before setting out on the boat) but just cruising around Torbay is usually fine…

Meeting point: The charter boat pontoon Brixham Harbour at 0815hrs for an 0830hrs departure – returning around 1130hrs: Meeting point »

There is free parking up around Battery Gardens (approx 12 minute walk) or pay car parking much closer at Oxen Cove (approx 7 minute walk).

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

 

Spring Tor Bay 3hr Wildlife Cruises

Friday 8th April       Time: 08.30am -11.30am 

Friday 27th May       Time: 08.30am -11.30am

          
£35 – places strictly limited to 7, booking essential  

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place 

Spring Boat trips in Torbay are fascinating, we should  see the last of our wintering seabirds often well into May. Male Common Scoter looking dapper in their glossy black plumage and yellow bills and hopefully Great Northern Divers acquiring their spectacular spangled summer plumage. Then there are the returning Summer migrants like Sandwich Terns regularly resting on the buoys well out in Tor Bay or Common Sandpipers and Whimbrel tucked into secluded coves – perhaps a small flock of them. 

Last year we found a couple of Puffins and the bridled form of Guillemot with the usual Guillemots.  We’ll check out colonies of Guillemot at Berry Head and the Ore Stone which still holds good numbers of Breeding Razorbill. There should be a good supporting cast of Kittiwake, Porpoises, Grey Seals, Peregrines and much more. Sightings of Common Dolphin are always a bit hit and miss in the spring but the biggest super pod recorded off Tor Bay of about 1,000 dolphins passed Berry Head several years ago in May!  

 Spaces are very limited – just 7 to give everyone on board room to move around especially with cameras. 

What to bring: a good pair of binoculars, camera, clothing to suit the weather – remember it can get surprisingly cold for a number of hours at sea.  A cup of tea or Coffee will be provided and biscuits too but bring a hot drink and a snack if you wish, sea sickness tablets for those that think they might need them (usually taken 2hrs before setting out on the boat) but just cruising around Tor Bay is usually fine…

There is free parking up around Battery Gardens (approx 12 minute walk) or pay car parking much closer at Oxen Cove (approx 7 minute walk).

Meeting point: Brixham Passenger ferry terminal  Map: Meeting point »

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

 

Loddiswell – River Avon and Avon Woods

Monday 9th May          Time: 9.00am – 12.30/1pm                
£13 adults (under 18’s £6) – places limited to 10 people, booking essential    

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

Join a lovely natural history walk from Loddiswell village through country lanes down to the River Avon up into Avon Woods and back to the village again (approx. 4 miles some inclines). The walk can be slippery in places, if it has rained, so be sure to wear good stout walking boots or trainers.

Walking down to the river past the parish Church and on through quiet country lanes there will be singing Chaffinches, Goldfinches hopefully Yellowhammer but also butterflies and with luck Common Lizard. Overhead Raven and Buzzards will soar on a nice day, other birds of prey are likely too. 

This beautiful river valley with its ancient woodland and fast flowing River Avon is full of wildlife and flowers. Woodland birds will all be active singing and setting territories, while some will already have young. On the river we should see dippers, Grey Wagtail, if we are lucky Goosander with chicks and perhaps Kingfisher. We’ll walk some of the way along the disused ‘primrose’ railway line that used to run from South Brent to Kingsbridge. 

Woodland birds can be tricky to see in late spring so an early spring walk when the leaves on the trees are not fully out means birds can be followed through the canopy. Perhaps we’ll be lucky to see the resident Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Goldcrests and Firecrests plus Mistle and Song Thrushes. Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs will both be singing.

The woodland should be scented with delicate aroma of Wild Garlic (Ramsons). It’s always difficult to know when its going to best for Bluebells, as the prime flowering time varies from year to year. We’ll keep our fingers crossed we have got it about right this year. Other interesting flowers should include Wood Anemone and the pretty little Yellow Archangel.     

The walk will be cancelled if the weather is bad.

What to bring: clothing to suit the weather – there are ticks so long trousers are recommended, stout waterproof footwear recommended, bring a hot drink and a snack . 

Walking distance: we will cover approximately 4 miles including some steep inclines and perhaps slippery paths.

Meeting point: Loddiswell car park  post code TQ7 4RJ . Grid reference: SX719486  at 9.00am  Map: Meeting point

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

Dartmoor Cuckoos and chats 

Monday 16th May          Time: 9.00am – 12.30/1pm                
£13 adults (under 18’s £6) – places limited to 10 people, booking essential    

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

A bird rich and beautiful walk (approx. 4.3 miles one fairly steep incline) from Warren House Inn to Soussons Plantation on to Challacombe Farm and back up via Headland Warren and Birch Tor. Hopefully enjoying some of the best birds Dartmoor can offer including Cuckoo, Redstart, Stonechat, Whinchat, Stonechat, Siskin, Willow and Garden Warblers and Flycatchers.

Since early birding walks with the YOC in the 1970’s Warren House Inn  and Soussons has been one of Mikes favourite Dartmoor birding walks. Gone are the Red Grouse and Ring Ouzels but there are still plenty of other birds to keep us busy. It is one of the best and easiest places to see Cuckoos on Dartmoor. Before starting the walk a couple of years ago we even watched a female cuckoo appearing to lay an egg in a Meadow Pipits nest! 

The open moorland should provide us with both Stonechat and Whinchat. On to the marshy bottom of Soussons Willow Warblers will be singing hopefully Reed Bunting too. The scrub and plantation area should be good for Garden Warbler and Tree Pipit. Then down to Challacombe farm always a lovely place to walk through with its Redstarts, Lesser Redpoll and flycatchers. finally we will walk back past Headland Warren farm and past Birch tour  with the chance of more Cuckoos, Wheatears, whinchats and birds of prey.

 The walk will be cancelled if the weather is bad (heavy rain, strong winds).

What to bring: clothing to suit the weather – there are many ticks on the moors so long trousers are recommended, stout waterproof foot ware recommended (it can be wet on the paths in places), bring a hot drink and a snack – perhaps a picnic for the end of the walk. 

Walking distance: we will cover approximately 4.3 miles including some steep inclines and rough tracks.

Meeting point: Small car park just east of Warren House Inn  at 9.00am  Map: Meeting point 

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

 

Devon Beaver and Wildlife excursions

Mid April until early September – exclusive small groups  

Evening beaver walks April – September are now available for 2022 and can be booked online through website: Devon Wildlife & Beaver Tours.

We specialise in evening walks to see beavers and full day tours to enjoy birds, insects and other wildlife in and around East Devon. Based in the beautiful coastal town of Budleigh Salterton. 

Contact  for more information or to book a place.