Walks

Social distancing rules will be important to abide by on all of the current walks and watches

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.

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:

Osprey Watch – Stoke Gabriel       

(Fully Booked) –  Monday 24th August 2020      Time: 5.30pm – 8.15pm   
£10 adults (under 18’s £5) – places limited to 6 people, booking essential

Sunday 23rd August 2020      Time: 5.30pm – 8.15pm               (3 places left)
£10 adults (under 18’s £5) – places limited to 6 people, booking essential

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

43 years ago, when Ospreys were still very rare in Britain, Mike and a small group of YOC (Young Ornithologists Club) members cycled out to Stoke Gabriel, after hearing that the great Tony Soper had seen an Osprey on the Dart Estuary during one of his wildlife cruises. After a long wait, on the rising tide, their dreams came true as an Osprey flew down the estuary ready to hunt Mullet in the shallow water. Most years, Mike relives this event during August on a similar rising tide and waits hoping to see an Osprey. The chances are much improved today but still not guaranteed!

Come and join Mike for a socially distanced walk and wait to see if the Dart delivers an Osprey (or two!)  and anything else that comes along. This event will be mostly sitting and waiting after a short walk to the watch point, which can be slightly muddy and a little slippery to get to (bring a walking stick if you are unsteady on your feet).

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

What to Bring:  fold away chair, drink/flask, a snack and a jumper as it can get cool in the evening. Good walking trainers or walking boots are recommended.

Meet at 5.30pm at the Stoke Gabriel car park – fee payable (but there are a few free parking spaces in the village if you wish to walk down). We will be back at the car park at 8.15pm.

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

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Seabird and Cetacean Watch- Berry Head

Saturday 15th August 2020      Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm                   (1 place left) 
£12 adults (under 18’s £5) – places limited to 6 people, booking essential 

Saturday 29th August 2020      Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm                   (4 places left)
£12 adults (under 18’s £5) – places limited to 6 people, booking essential  

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

Afternoons and early evenings are great times to watch seawatch at Berry Head. Trawlers often are returning to Brixham, gutting their catch on the way that can draw in many gulls and seabirds with them. The greatest advantage of an evening seawatch, is the light coming from behind the observer giving excellent lighting on what ever passes by. Morning watches have observers looking into the light making seeing detail difficult.

With more than 45 years of experience and many difficult birds to identify (including a first for Britain – Yelkouan Shearwater), Mike will guide you through some seawatching tips and the identification process of often tricky birds, and hopefully a few cetaceans. Please bear in mind seabirds will often pass at distance, so a telescope although not essential will make viewing much better and easier. During these socially distanced times Mike will be unable to let you use his telescope as he normally does! 

Birds we hope to be see are Shearwaters, Auks, Gulls, Terns and perhaps a Skua. Hopefully we will also see Common Dolphins, Harbour  Porpoise and Grey Seal.

The walk down to the watch point takes about 20/25 minutes and is steep but on a good path (old utility road) into the quarry. Make sure you have good walking trainers or walking boots.

What to bring: Fold away chair or padded mat to use on rocks, drink, snack, umbrella if it looks like it is going to rain, clothes to suit weather on the day (remember this is mostly sitting around and not moving while watching). Note pad and pencil if you wish to write anything down. Binoculars are essential and a telescope is highly recommended for this event. 

Meet at 3.30pm at the picnic benches beside Berry Head car park (parking fee required – or free if you are a member of Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust and have registered your car reg with them).

Contact Mike for more information or to book a place.

We will meet by the picnic benches beside Berry Head car park at 3.30pm – finish back at the picnic benches at 6.30pm (in time to go and get some fish and chips from Brixham if you are hungry!).  Meeting point »