Simon’s programme of Natural History Day Tours are designed for you to enjoy and experience the fantastic countryside and birds across the South-east, taking you to different habitats for birds and other wildlife in Kent, Sussex, & Surrey.  Walks will be taken at a leisurely pace ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable day outdoors.  Tours are self-drive unless otherwise stated.

There is a continuous programme of classes running throughout the year which enables you to observe the seasonal changes the South-east.  All tours can be booked individually or for groups.  They are available from 2 hours to a full day.  Programmed tours below are limited to 15 people to ensure that everyone has a great learning experience.

COST:      1 tour for £15.00 per person
Book 5 get the 6th tour half price

TIME:      10am-4pm

PROGRAMME

Fri 20th Apr          CHERRY BLOSSOM & SPRING WILDFLOWERS TOUR
1 SPACE LEFT
Explore the beautiful Mid-Kent North Downs to enjoy cherry blossom, and both common and rare spring wildflowers.  Farmland & woodland birdsong will abound as we enjoy our day.

Tue 22nd May       THE ‘ORCHID GARDEN OF ENGLAND’ TOUR
SPACES AVAILABLE
A chance to find 15 different orchids species in a day, visiting some beautiful locations. Great species include Lady & Monkey Orchid, and other interest will include birds & butterflies.

Fri 8th Jun             THE ‘ORCHID GARDEN OF ENGLAND’ TOUR
3 SPACES AVAILABLE
A chance to find over 15 different orchid species in a day, visiting some beautiful locations. Great species include Lady & Bee Orchid, and other interest will include the birds & butterflies.

Fri 22nd Jun          THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BEDGEBURY PINETUM
2 SPACES AVAILABLE
A day enjoying the peaceful and tranquil wooded landscape of Bedgebury Pinetum. Rare dragonflies, specialist butterflies, plus special birds, mammals, orchids & trees

Mon 25th Jun        DRAGONS & DAMSELS OF THE STOUR VALLEY
4 SPACES AVAILABLE
Enjoy a walk along the river, in addition to exploring the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, in search of some our impressive Odonata species.  Will we locate the rare Norfolk Hawkers.

Mon 9th Jul           DENE PARK WOOD & LULLINGSTONE|
4 SPACES AVAILABLE
Spend a day on the Greensand soils in search of the Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Silver-washed & Dark Green Fritillaries.  Beautiful landscapes & plenty of other wildlife to enjoy.

Fri 20th Jul           DRAGONS & DAMSELS OF THE NORTH KENT MARSHES
SPACES AVAILABLE
Spend a day on the North Kent Marshes, looking for Odonata species, and enjoy a variety of other wildlife. The North Kent Marshes has been home to some of our most recent colonists.

Mon 30th Jul       WADER MIGRATION AT OARE
4 SPACES AVAILABLE
Enjoy early wader migration on the North Kent Coast close to Faversham.  This will be a particular focus on waders, however we are likely to spot a diversity of other species as always.

Tue 7th Aug        THINGS WITH WINGS ON THE HOO PENINSULA
2 SPACES AVAILABLE
Enjoy the open skies of the North Kent Marshes, as we enjoy large numbers of waders, raptors, dragonflies & damselflies, and hopefully Purple & White-letter Hairstreak butterflies.

Thu 16th Aug     SUMMER WILDLIFE ON ASHDOWN FOREST
4 SPACES AVAILABLE
Explore Ashdown Forest, including the Old Lodge Nature Reserve, for specialist wildlife with an emphasis on Odonata. Black Darter, reptiles, & raptors all possible.

Fri 24th Aug      SUMMER WILDLIFE AT SAMPHIRE HOE
1 SPACE AVAILABLE
A great day exploring this impressive site. Great birds can include Fulmars, Ravens, Peregrine, and Black Redstart. A great area for butterflies too, including migrants Clouded Yellows.

Fri 31st Aug      THE WILD WHITE CLIFFS & LYDDEN DOWN
FULLY BOOKED
A day experiencing impressive scenery on top the White Cliffs & the rolling North Downs a short drive inland. Specialities include Silver-spotted Skipper, Adonis & Chalkhill Blues, and more.

Mon 10th Sep   WILDLIFE OF WINDOVER HILL & THE CUCKMERE VALLEY
4 SPACES AVAILABLE
A scenic late summer walk high on the downs for Autumn Lady’s Tresses & Field Gentian, butterflies & birds. We will then move down to the Cuckmere River for wetland specialities.

Thu 27th Sep    EARLY AUTUMN AT RYE
4 SPACES AVAILABLE
An interesting time to visit this wonderful nature reserve. There are many bird species using this reserve, and we will also enjoy the many butterflies, dragonflies & wildlflowers.

  • Cost includes: Tuition and guiding by Simon Ginnaw; Small group experience (10mx); P.L. Insurances; use of top quality optics & guides; handouts; at least one hot drink; at least one snack; after-trip summary and checklist.
  • What’s NOT included: Transport and fuel expenses during tour; travel insurance; entry fees/permits at the reserves; and other items of a personal naturePayments required in full to secure your place on a trip, these are non-refundable if you, the participant, cancels within 2 days of the trip. In the case that the event has to be cancelled, a full refund will be made.