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Birding Discovery Day - Winter Wetlands 2022

  • Lower Derwent Valley

Wildfowl, Waders and Raptors of the Lower Derwent Valley

The Lower Derwent Valley is one of the most impressive sites for birding in the north of England. This magical area supports tens of thousands of migrant ducks, geese, swans and waders during the winter, when the riverside floodplain meadows are inundated by floodwater. A beautiful landscape on a large scale and surprisingly accessible within 10 miles of York city centre.

Icelandic Whooper Swans rub shoulders with Russian White-fronted Geese and Siberian-breeding Eurasian Wigeon and Common Teal, along with hordes of Northern Lapwings and European Golden Plovers from the uplands of Britain. With all this birdlife, predators are attracted and several species of birds of prey can be seen during the day.

We will end each day listening out for the evening flight of Whooper Swans flying to roost on the ings, seeking out Barn Owls hunting over the winter meadows and keeping a keen eye out for large Common Starling murmuration’s.

These exclusive one-day tours are designed for everyone - from beginners to the more experienced – who'd like be part of small (maximum of four) group tour, creating a real 'team' adventure. Meeting Place; Wheldrake Ings, near the village of Wheldrake, York. Map and directions sent after a booking is made. 

What you can expect on one of our Birding Discovery Days 2022:

  • A small group creates constant, great opportunities to interact with your guide
  • Professional, local expert guide with a lifetime of birding knowledge in Yorkshire
  • A fun-packed day; exciting locations, tuition, opportunities for photography and of course great birds!
  • A free Yorkshire Wildlife Checklist

Birding Discovery Day - Winter Wetlands 2022

Richard Baines PGdip MCIEEM YCN role: Company Director and Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: National Diploma Land Use and Recreation, Post Graduate Diploma Environmental Conservation Profession al Membership: Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Personal… Read More »


Jono Birding in Israel as part of the award winning Yorkshire Terriers team in 2018

Jono Leadley BSc Hons YCN role: Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: BSc Hons Ecology Jono is a self-confessed nature geek. His passion started at an early age, firstly with birds and then broadening into all forms of wildlife and this interest has taken him all over the world. [image]3[/image] Jono… Read More »

Date & Time Duration Location Type Price Availability
Sat 22nd Jan - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 0 Places remaining
Fri 28th Jan - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 0 Places remaining
Sat 5th Feb - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 0 Places remaining
Fri 18th Feb - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 0 Places remaining
Sat 19th Feb - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 0 Places remaining
Sat 5th Mar - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 1 Places remaining
Sat 19th Mar - 8.30am 8 hours Lower Derwent Valley Group £60 0 Places remaining

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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the excellent Wetlands Birding Day on Thursday with Jono and the three other lovely people in our small... Read Full Review »