Guided Walks

Offering a wide range of themed seasonal walks, join me in exploring absorbing and varied habitats in search of all things wild and beautiful. Now covering both Devon and Avon, each walks offers the chance to learn more about the birds, mammals, wildflowers and insects of these two counties as we soak up their epic scenic beauty and ecology.

Each series of walks is undertaken monthly and focuses on one key theme enabling you to develop your knowledge in easy, bite-size chunks. This longer-term approach 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 & three miles per half-day (3-4 hours) taken at a slow and pleasant birdwatching pace
– The terrain is a mixture of easy to 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.

Devon Walks

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Wildlife of Devon (All year)                                                                                                                                                                               
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 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)

2019:
16th December – Dartmoor

2020:
6th January – Seaton Wetlands
10th February – Plym Estuary
9th March – Prawle
6th April – Haldon Hills
11th May – Slapton Ley
8th June – Dartmoor
6th July – Exeter Valley Parks
10th Aug – Stover Country Park
7th Sep – Dawlish Warren
5th Oct – Bovey Tracey

Cost: £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)
15th October
12th November
17th December
7th January
11th February
10th March

Cost: £75 (or £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 – Seaton Wetlands
14th February – Chew Valley Lake
13th March – Stephens Vale
10th April – Weston Big Wood
8th May – Tickenham Hill
12th 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: 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