Walks

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, Friends of Brixham Library & 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.

For more information or to book places go the events pages and scroll through the months at:

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

Yarner Woods – Woodpeckers and winter woodland birds 

Monday 17th February 2020      Time: 8.30am – 11.30/12pm 
£8 adults –  under 18’s £4 – places limited to 12 people, booking essential  

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

An early start is essential to find and listen to the woodpeckers drumming in these beautiful ancient woodlands, any later in the morning and they often stop drumming becoming difficult to find. We will then look for other woodland birds, the feeding stations can be very busy with Siskin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch &  sometimes Lesser Redpolls together with the usual Tits (including Marsh Tit) and Nuthatches. There’s a good chance of catching up with Mandarin Ducks that usually tuck themselves away around the ponds.

If the weather is good, later in the morning we will spend some time scanning over the woods for any soaring birds of prey, bring a stool or fold up chair to make yourself comfortable!  

We will meet at the top car park (Trendlebere Down car park) by the top entrance to Yarner Woods off the Beckyfalls/Manaton Road – car park on the right as you go up the hill (the map below is not precise but gives you a good idea of the car park location).

This walk is very weather dependant and will be cancelled if the conditions are poor.

The paths around Yarner Woods are fairly steep in places and can be muddy, good walking boots or even Wellingtons are recommended.  Bring a flask and a snack for a break at some stage. 

Meet at  0.830am in the Trendlebere Down car park (not the Yarner Woods lower car park!). Or for lift sharing at 07.45am (prompt) at Churston/Broadsands Library – free parking available on road (please don’t use the spaces outside of the library or outside of the shops).

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

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Best Birding of Torbay area

Friday 21st February 2020      Time: 9.00am – 1pm 
£9 adults –  under 18’s £4 – places limited to 12 people, booking essential  

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

Rather than stick to one birding site we will start at Broadsands (meeting up by shops and car share then to other sites), and decide on the schedule for the morning depending on the weather that morning.

The itinerary will be something like: Broadsands (currently several Firecrests Chiffchaffs, Siberian Chiffchaff and of course the bunting feeding station), check on the roosting Tawny Owl site, have a look at the sea if conditions are favourable. Then move onto another site perhaps as far as Mansands for another look at that now gorgeous Blue-winged Teal and other marshland birds or to Brixham Breakwater for wintering seabirds, Purple Sandpipers and Turnstones

The walk around Broadsands is fairly flat but a bit muddy in places. If Mansands is an option the walk down to the beach from the car park is steep often quite muddy and can be a bit slippery in places. Walking boots or wellington boots are recommended. Bring a flask and a snack for a break at some stage. 

Meet at  9am at Broadsands shops area – free parking available on road (please don’t use the spaces outside of the shops).

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

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