Guided Walks

Want some help to develop your wildlife knowledge? 

Why not join me on my guided wildlife walks either here in Devon or Avon.

While some walks focus on visiting the best wildlife sites and nature ID skills, others offer a more general wildlife walk with repeat visits to the same sites across an entire year. Whichever style best suits you, my aim is always the same; to enable you to learn about wildlife in easy, bite-size chunks and ensure both your knowledge and enthusiasm grow as the season’s develop. In my opinion, there is no better way of learning about nature than together!

Everyone is welcome irrespective of background or baseline knowledge
– Each walk is approximately 2 – 3 hours covering up to three miles taken at a slow and pleasant wildlife-watching pace
– The terrain varies but typically involves a mixture of easy to moderate walking accessible for anyone with suitable footwear and a can-do attitude*
– Start time will vary to maximise our encounters with wildlife but will generally start at 10am and finish at 1pm

*For those who need significant assistance with walking, be it a walking stick or wheelchair, please do speak to me directly in advance to discuss suitability of individual walks.

Devon Walks

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Wildlife of Devon                                                                                                                                                                             
With two epic coastlines, two National Parks, five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a mosaic of nature reserves in between, the variety of habitats within Devon means there’s an enormous variety of wildlife to be found in this one county. Each month gives you the chance to explore a different area of Devon whilst focusing on learning the key identification skills of one specific taxonomic group at a peak time of year.

Walks: Monthly (1 per month)

Current dates: (Thursdays)

2020:
15th Jun – Butterflies of Dartmoor
6th Jul – Wildflowers
10th Aug – Dragonflies
7th Sep – Autumn Birds
5th Oct – Autumn Trees

Cost: £15 per walk

 



Birds of the River Exe Estuary                                                                                                                                              

Renowned as a premium UK bird watching location, the River Exe is a bird watching paradise full of exciting and challenging species to discover. Alongside its resident breeding species, it is also one of the first or last stops for spring and autumn migrating birds, offering exciting opportunities to catch up with both exciting migrants and resident breeders. With over twenty thousand winter migrating birds joining the local populations, the estuary is one of the most important sites nationally and within European for wading and wintering birds. Join me as we explore the full variety of sites on this estuary whilst learning about the species and associated habitats along the way. 

Walks: Monthly (1 per month)

Current dates: (Tuesdays)
16th Jun
7th Jul
11th Aug
8th Sep

Cost: £15 per walk

 



Patch Wildlife (Wildlife Walk)                                                                                                                                                 

Focused on my current & local wildlife patch of many years in the village of Kingskerswell, this series of general wildlife walks is your chance to observe a diverse and wildlife-rich area on a regular monthly basis. Walking a similar route each month, we will pass through a variety of habitats including remnant ancient woodland, limestone grasslands and mixed farmland, to observe the intricate changes as the wildlife comes and goes through out the season with no doubt a few surprises along the way.  

Walks: Monthly (1 per month)

Current dates: (Sundays)
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Cost: £15 per walk

Avon Walks

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Wildlife of Avon (in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust)
From the rolling hills and valleys of the Mendips & Cotswolds, to the sweeping expanse of the Severn Estuary and its low-lying wetlands, the Avon region boosts landscapes of inspiring and varied beauty ready to be found. See a different area of Avon each month as we explore a variety of wild places this county holds in search of all things wildlife; from bats to birds, plants to invertebrates! Our aim will be to engage with it all. 

Walks: Monthly (1 per month)

Current dates: (Fridays) 

2020:
10th January – Severnside (Pilning/Aust Wharf)
14th February – Chew Valley Lake
13th March – Stephens Vale
10th April – Weston Big Wood
8th May – Tickenham Hill
19th June – Walton Common
10th July – Dolebury Warren
14th Aug – Charfield Meadow
11th Sep – Goblin Coombe
9th Oct – Portbury Wharf
13th Nov – Oldbury Powerstation
11th Dec – Sand Point & Woodspring Bay

Cost: £15 per walk

Private Bookings

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Wish to organise your own private guided walk either for yourself or a larger group? For all inquiries relating to private guided walks, please contact me directly either by email or phone where we can discuss a location, length and date to suit you.   

Cost: £90 per 3 hours (or £15 per head for groups greater than 6 people)

How to Book

To book, please contact me via email: matt.collis@live.co.uk or via phone: 07989183437

Please book in advance so not to be disappointed and allow time for any site information to be sent to you. On booking you will receive further details about each walk including meeting location, best places to park, available utilities (toilets and refreshments) and any restrictions you need know about.

FAQ. THE ANSWERS

– Wear suitable clothing as appropriate to weather & location
– Solid footwear/boots are always advised
– I may bring the odd treat but please bring refreshments & snacks
– Binoculars are not provided so please bring with you if you have some
– Parking charges (if any) are at your own expense
– First aid trained but please inform me of any health issues in advance
– Toilets are not always on site so be prepared
– Children must be accompanied by an adult
– Unfortunately dogs are not welcome to attend