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    £399pp for 4 days

    8 single + 4 double rooms available Trip Leader: Simon Ginnaw

    “Value for money bird watching trips for birders on a budget”

    Itinerary at a glance

    Included in the price: Friday 11 th

    March 2016 Saturday 12th March 2016

    Sunday 13th March 2016

    Monday 14th March 2016

    En-suite room (Newport & Gloucester) a a a

    3-course evening meal a a a

    Breakfast & picnic lunch a a a

    RSPB Nagshead (Forest of Dean) a

    Kenfig NNR (sand dunes & reedbeds) a

    Red Kite feeding station a

    RSPB Symonds Yat Peregrine Platform a

    RSPB Newport Wetlands a

    Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust a

    Guiding services a a a a

  • At ‘Bargain Birding Club’ we are constantly striving to bring you great value for money bird watching experiences. This self-drive trip is no exception and we will visit 6 reserves in 2 countries (England and Wales) in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, taking in breath-taking views of the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Severn Estuary, Gower Peninsular and Brecon Beacons.

    We will stay at two different hotels during this trip to minimise travelling. Our 1st night will be at the Holiday Inn Express at Newport (NP10 8BB), our 2nd and 3rd nights will be at the Holiday Inn Express Gloucester (GL2 2AB). Wherever possible we will drive in convoy and over the 4 days from our first reserve at Nagshead to our last reserve at Slimbridge the total distance is approximately 320 miles. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), guide fees and entrance fees are included and we pride ourselves on never charging single guest penalty supplements. Please compare our prices below …

    Bargain Birding in the Welsh Borders

    Operator Trip date Duration Trip Itinerary £ per person

    Bargain Birding Club

    11-14 March 2016

    4 days birding

    RSPB Nagshead & Symonds Yat, Kenfig NNR, Newport Wetlands,

    Red Kite feeding station, Slimbridge WWT

    £399 (includes en-suite room, breakfast,

    lunch and evening meal)

    Naturetrek 4-6 March

    2016 2 days birding

    RSPB Nagshead & Symonds Yat (Trip reference GBR47)

    £350 (excludes packed picnic lunch)

    Friday 11th March 2016: RSPB Nagshead, Forest of Dean (GL15 4JA)

    Our trip starts at 12 noon (please meet Simon Ginnaw in the car park) at RSPB Nagshead Reserve which is in the heart of the Forest of Dean. This is a great time of year to enjoy the early spring bird life in the extensive broadleaved woodland. The old 'Napoleonic' oaks date from the early 19th Century and were originally planted for ship timber.

    Woodland birds are Simon’s speciality and he will lead a gentle paced meander around the Short Trail looking and listening for Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Raven, Buzzard, Goshawk, Hawfinch and Crossbill. There will also be time to visit the Lower Hide pond in search of Mandarin, Kingfisher and, if we’re really lucky, possible sightings of Wild Boar.

    At 4pm we’ll make a quick stop at Fountain Lodge (GL15 4JD) to see if Dipper is present in Oakwood Brook, then continue to Newport (34 miles / 45 mins) to our hotel (NP10 8BB).

    A 3-course evening dinner will be served at The Dragonfly Vintage Inn next door to our hotel at 7.30pm. Forest of Dean

    “Value for money bird watching trips for birders on a budget”

  • Our first full day starts with a hot or continental breakfast at 7.30am. After checking out of the hotel we will depart at 8.15am to Kenfig NNR. A hotel prepared takeaway picnic lunch is included and will be available to collect at breakfast.

    On arrival at Kenfig NNR at 9.30am, Simon will lead you on a gentle clockwise 3 mile circular walk around the reserve from the visitors centre to the beach and back.

    This reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is one of the finest wildlife habitats in Wales on account of it having one of the last remnants of a huge dune system that once stretched along the coastline from the Ogmore River to the Gower Peninsular. Glamorgan's largest natural lake, Kenfig Pool, is set on the edge of this beautiful reserve with spectacular views across Swansea Bay to The Gower.

    As we take in the sights and sounds of Kenfig NNR we hope to see Bittern, Bearded Tit, Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck and Smew. There is an Information Centre and toilets next to the car park.

    Further details can be found on the website:

    Or by watching the short film by Natural Resources Wales:

    “Value for money bird watching trips for birders on a budget”

    Saturday 12th March 2016: Kenfig National Nature Reserve (CF33 4PT)

    Red Kite Feeding Station (SA19 9YG):

    At 12 noon we will drive 39 miles (70 mins) to the Red Kite Feeding station at Llanddeusant in the Brecon Beacons.

    Feeding time is at 2pm so we’ll have plenty of time to settle down in the observation / photography hide ready to witness the amazing spectacle of Red Kites, Buzzards and Ravens competing naturally for the meat provided 365 days a year by the feeding centre. Click on the link to watch a short video:

    At 4pm we’ll head to our hotel in Gloucester (GL2 2AB). Dinner will be at 7.30pm in the Bumble Bee Inn next door.

    Kenfig NNR

    Red Kite

    Bargain Birding in the Welsh Borders

  • After a hot or continental breakfast at 7.45am we’ll grab our hotel prepared picnic lunch and depart at 8.30am to the RSPB viewing platform at Symonds Yat Rock. It’s only a 25 mile (40 minute) journey from our hotel so we’ll quickly be enjoying fabulous views 120m (400 feet) above the picturesque Wye Valley which forms the border between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Our target birds here are Raven, Peregrine and Goshawk. At 11am we’ll take a short walk across the raised boardwalk to the café for a toilet, tea & cake stop, before setting off at 12noon to the RSPB Newport Wetlands Reserve. Drive time is 33 miles / 45 mins.

    Sunday 13th March 2016: RSPB Symonds Yat Rock (GL16 7PW)

    “Value for money bird watching trips for birders on a budget”

    RSPB Newport Wetlands (NP18 2BZ)

    Arriving around 1pm, we consume our picnic lunch in the new RSPB visitors centre before setting off on a leisurely 3.5mile (5km) afternoon ramble around the woodland, wetland and estuary trails in search of winter wildfowl, waders and thrushes, and early spring migrants. We’ll have time to re-visit the visitors centre, café, toilets and shop before making our way as dusk approaches at 6pm back to