The Wash is the most important British site for water birds with over a third of a million wildfowl and waders arriving each Autumn! As well as visiting two of the top sites around this productive estuary; Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh, we also have a birding cruise from Boston out into The Wash aboard the Boston Belle. As the trip is limited to eight clients, don’t miss the boat!
Leaving Eastwood at 10am, we drive east to the Freiston Shore RSPB reserve, where the saltmarsh attracts huge flocks of waders, including Golden Plover, Greenshank and up to five thousand Black-tailed Godwits and sixteen thousand Knot, while the surrounding fields attract around three thousand dark-bellied Brent Geese, and possibly Twite. Our base for three nights will be the highly acclaimed three star White Hart Hotel, a Georgian building on the waterfront in Boston, overlooking the River Witham, where a pair of Peregrines perched on Boston ‘Stump’ are car park birds! This hotel is an unbeatable starting point for birding this fabulous area.
Today we join a 4 to 5 hour birding cruise aboard the Boston Belle, which departs the waterfront not far from the hotel at 10.45am. The boat has outdoor seating as well as an indoor lounge serving snacks and refreshments from the galley. The cruise drifts down the River Witham and out into The Wash for a mile or so, and then continues along the River Welland, passing the extensive saltmarsh of the Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve, before returning to Boston, while local guides provide a running commentary on the passing birdlife. Each cruise averages a list of 64 species which can include a wide range of waders and raptors, plus possibilities like Gannet, Eider, Common Scoter, Kingfisher and terns.
Finally, we have a full day at the Frampton Marsh reserve, where the wide open saltmarsh is a paradise for hunting raptors, such as Sparrowhawk, Marsh and Hen Harriers, Peregrine, the dashing Merlin and both Barn and Short-eared Owls, while some interesting rarities may also turn up at this exciting time. After a final roll call of the birds seen today, we drive back to Eastwood with an impressive bird list.
What the price includes:
Return transport from the Nottingham area, two nights’ half board en-suite accommodation, birding cruise, bird checklist and the services of your guide.
Single supplement: £40