Dates & Prices
Dates: 7th – 10th July 2017
Price: £595 per person (TBC)
Single supplement: £TBC
Deposit: £150 per person
Price Includes: Accommodation in Deal, all meals, services of the guides, ground transport on land and boat ride at sea, holiday report & a charitable donation on your behalf
Not Included: Alcoholic drinks with meals & other items of a personal nature
Conservation Donation: 10% profits to National Trust & SBBO
Leader: Richard Taylor-Jones
Group Size: Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 guests
- Exclusive opportunity to spend a weekend with leading wildlife cameraman & TV presenter Richard Taylor-Jones
- Walk the iconic and world famous White Cliffs Of Dover
- Seal safari boat trip under the cliffs for a unique view of these bastions of Britishness + intimate views of Common Seals
- Special birds such as Peregrine Falcons, Ravens, Fulmars and Kitiwakes
- Summer butterflies such as Chalkhill Blue & Marbled White
- Visit a private and secret location – a Kingfisher mecca featured on BBC’s The One Show
- Numerous species of Odonata, orchids & Skylarks are just a few additional highlights
- Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory for bird ringing demonstration
- Stay in a fine B&B in the historic & traditional seaside town of Deal
An action packed weekend of wildlife on the Kent coastline with Richard Taylor-Jones!
Richard Taylor-Jones is a wildlife television presenter, film maker, cameraman and photographer. He regularly appears on BBC Countryfile, The One Show, Coast and Springwatch. He uses his expertise to capture images of some of the best of British Wildlife.
He first came to recognition with his “Cinematic Landscape Films” which he authored and shot for BBC Springwatch. These pieces were far more artistic and individual than the shows usual content and were widely appreciated and enjoyed by the viewing public, so Richard was commissioned to make them over several series.
Richard has been working in this field for almost 20 years and has an in-depth knowledge of both natural history and all forms of camerawork. He has worked with conservationists, members of the public and some of the industry’s biggest names. His experience and deep appreciation of Britain’s wilder landscapes and British wildlife make him the perfect host for some of our ‘British Wildlife Breaks’.
The charming and traditional seaside town of Deal will be our base. It is an ideal place from which to explore the area for the weekend. It is situated on the Kent coast and facing eastwards towards France, which is a mere 25 miles away. We’ll stay in a boutique b&b, a family business and known as the best bed and breakfast in deal. It is a fine two-storey Georgian property situated in the centre of Deal, located close to the high street and just two roads back from the seafront. Guests will be treated to staying in one of the three large en-suite bedrooms, all luxuriously appointed in a classic contemporary style. An enjoyable and comfortable rest will await you there at the end of each action packed day!
The weekend will be split between two very different and full days.
On one of the days you will get to walk the iconic and world famous White Cliffs Of Dover with Richard, who grew up in this iconic landscape. He will use his local knowledge and experience to guide you to its most spectacular and wildlife rich hot spots.
Living along the cliff faces are peregrine falcons, ravens, fulmars and kitiwakes. Whilst the grassland along the footpaths are strewn with wild flowers and 28 different species of butterfly, accompanied by skylarks, kestrels and corn buntings.
After a hearty pub lunch you’ll be head to Dover Harbour to board a privately charted seal safari boat which will speed you under the cliffs for a unique view of these bastions of Britishness. The destination is Pegwell Bay where a group of common seals have set up and you’ll spend 20 mins floating along with these beautiful creatures getting intimate opportunities to photograph these shy animals before jetting off back to Dover as an unforgettable end to your White Cliffs Adventure Day.
On the second day one of the highlights will be visiting Richard’s secret Kingfisher location that’s featured on The One Show and Countryfile, where water voles and dragonflies are also in abundance. You will be amazed at just how much wildlife can be found in this hidden corner of Kent!
We’ll start the day with a visit to the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory (SBBO). On the journey in we will look and listen for calling cuckoos. Arriving at the SBBO we will watch their specialist bird ringers bring in the days catch, which could be anything from great tits to sparrowhawks. We will then have the privilege of releasing the birds back to the wild. It’ll then be a quick look at the moth trap before heading out onto the dunes to look for orchids and to watch and hear skylarks in full song.
A lovely lunch at the Chequers Pub will allow for a leisurely and delicious break and also the added bonus of potentially seeing a roosting little owl.
After lunch its off to Kingfisher mecca, a private set of lakes which Richard has been granted special access too. Here we will track down the birds at their favourite hunting spots and also get face to face with water voles, the UK’s fastest declining mammal. This unusual and unofficial nature reserve is also home to an enormous number of damsel and dragonflies as well as the endangered turtle dove. To round things off, without disturbing the birds at all, we will get to see Kingfishers taking their catch to their nest site – a perfect end to a packed day! We’ll retire to our B&B and then share dinner and our experiences of the weekend we’ve just spent together.
For inspiration have a look at these video clips. We look forward to sharing this exclusive British summer event with you soon!
Day 1, Friday 7th July: Arrival and meet Richard at the B&B for introductions and dinner
Day 2, Saturday 8th July: White Cliffs Adventure Day
Day 3, Sunday 9th July: Kingfisher Safari Day
Day 4, Monday 10th July: Goodbyes and departure
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