Guided Walks

Offering a wide range of themed seasonal walks, join me in exploring Devon’s enigmatic and varied habitats in search of all things wild and beautiful. Covering much of southern and eastern Devon, each trip offers the chance to learn more about the birds, mammals, wildflowers and insects of this county as we soak up Devon’s epic scenic beauty.

Each set of walks is spread over several months and focuses on just one key theme enabling you to develop your knowledge of wildlife in easy, bite-size chunks. This long-term approach to learning ensures your ID skills grow and evolve as the season’s develop; there really is no better way of experiencing and learning about nature!

Everyone is welcome irrespective of background or baseline knowledge
– Each walk covers between two and three miles per half-day (3-4 hours) taken at a slow and pleasant birdwatching pace
– The terrain is a mixture of easy and moderate walking; accessible for anyone with suitable footwear and a can-do attitude*

*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.

Walks

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Wildlife of Devon (All year)                                                                                                                                                                               Starting July 2019
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 thrive to be found in this one county. Each month you will get the chance to explore a different area of Devon as we explore the full variety of habitats and species on offer.

Walks: Monthly (1 per month)

Current dates: (Mondays)

8th July – Bystock Pools NR
5th August – Berry Head NR
7th October – Stover Country Park
11th November – Ernsettle Creek
16th December – Dartmoor
6th January – Seaton Wetlands
10th February – Plym Estuary
9th March – Prawle
6th April – Haldon Hills
11th May – Slapton Ley

Cost: £75 for 6 (or £15 per walk)


Birds of the River Exe (Winter: Oct – Mar)                                                                                                                                                      Starting October 2019

The River Exe is renowned nationally and within European as an important site for wading and migrating birds. With over twenty thousand migrating birds joining the local population in winter, the estuary is a birdwatching paradise with many exciting and challenging species to discover. Join me on monthly walks as we explore the full variety of sites along this river while learning all about the species and associated habitats along the way.

Walks: 6 (1 per month)

Current dates: (Tuesdays)
8th October
12th November
17th December
7th January
11th February
10th March

Cost: £75 (or £15 per walk)


The Magic of Ancient Woodlands (Jan – Dec)                                                                                                                                                      Starting October 2019
Containing some of our most precious woodland habitats and home to many species of rare wildlife, ancient woodland is a habitat like no other. With each having its own unique local soil, environment, wildlife and cultural history, every site is an irreplaceable time capsule of a prehistoric wildwood that was once widespread across the UK. Join me each month as we watch one such woodland, Yarner Wood (Bovey Tracey), and its myriad of marvelous creatures across a full year learning all about woodlands and their intricate ecology.

Walks: 12 (1 per month)

Current dates: (Thursdays)
10th October
14th November
19th December
9th January
13th February
12th March

Cost: £150 (or £15 per walk)

How to Book

To book, please contact me via email: matt.collis@live.co.uk or via phone: 07551866043

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