Dates & Prices
Dates: Sunday 10th October 2021
Price Includes: Services of the guide & lunch at a tearoom
Not Included: Travel to & from meeting point, travel insurance, drinks & any other personal items
Leader: Jack Perks
Group Size: Minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 guests plus 1 leader.
Grade: Generally easy walking at a gentle pace though some slippery paths and inclines
- Experience an exciting day with wildlife broadcaster, cameraman & photographer Jack Perks
- Walk the idyllic river paths of the peak district national park.
- See the many dippers flying up river and feeding in the riffles
- Special birds such as kingfisher, goosander (and chicks!) and grey wagtail are all present.
- There’s a good population of water voles here too, so a unique chance to see Britain’s fastest declining mammal.
- Jack will show you some of the wildlife beneath the river too, e.g. trout, grayling & riverfly larvae
- We’ll be meandering along the River wye which has plenty of opportunities to take in the scenery and spot a multitude of wildlife.
Join Jack Perks in one of his favourite places, the River Wye in the Peak District National Park!
Jack Perks is a professional wildlife photographer based in Nottingham. He’s written and illustrated articles for magazines such as BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photography and Diver to name a few. He published his first book ‘Freshwater Fishes of Britain‘ in 2016 and his second ‘a field guide to pond and river wildlife’ in 2018. Conservation is a something Jack is passionate about, having filmed for many groups such as WWF, Natural England, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts though the underwater world is what really fascinates him having photographed 53 of the 57 freshwater fish species (nearly there!) and enjoys nothing more than being by a river. Jack has a particular interest in the the less liked of our species like reptiles, insects, fish etc, and tries to put them in more of a positive light.
Along with stills Jack has featured and filmed for many TV programmes such as Springwatch, Countryfile, The One Show and Wild Britain. He also teaches photography at Nottingham Trent University and a part time lecturer at The University of Nottingham.
We’re delighted to offer you the unique opportunity to spend a day with Jack in one of his favourite places, the River Wye in the Peak District National Park!
This is a chance to see a pristine upland river and a whole host of incredible wildlife that calls the peak district home.
We will meet along banks of the River Wye in Bakewell, the biggest town in the peak district. From Bakewell we’ll walk along the river looking for iconic upland river species such as the dipper, the county bird of Derbyshire. These birds thrive on the Wye with its huge array of riverfly life, which we’ll also have a closer look at.
There will be a rare opportunity to view life under the surface of the river too as Jack will bring his underwater camera kit. He should be able to show you several of the fish resident to the river, such as brown trout, grayling and one of the only populations of resident rainbow trout in the UK. He’ll be using a monitor to enable you to view the fish from the banks, without getting wet yourself!
Large numbers of waterfowl also gather in the centre of town, along with goosanders and scaup. Before moving on to the next location we’ll have lunch near to the river and grab a traditional and delicious Bakewell pudding too.
After pudding we’ll need to burn a few calories so we’ll head further upstream, where the river has a much more dramatic look to it with gorges and a river valley. Ravens fly overhead along with numerous birds of prey such as peregrine, buzzard and kestrel. The autumn is a fantastic time to walk through the woodland surrounding the river too, taking in the full glory of the season.
There are a few hotspots along the river where it is also possible to encounter water voles, which are fairly common along peak district rivers. These small mammals can be shy but can also be quite approachable so with luck we’ll get some good views.
Our day will end back in Bakewell, where we’ll probably be tempted to buy another of it’s famous puddings!
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