Cathedrals and Birds:

European Robin by Simon Thompson

Southern England

July 1-12, 2023

Song Thrush by Simon Thompson

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $300/person has been received. Deposit may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.
Cost of England Venture $4,850 per person from London, based on double occupancy ($795 single supplement) Price includes: All transportation in England, accommodations, all meals (except those specified in the itinerary), entry fees, taxes, trip information packets, and bird-list & guide/leader service throughout. Not included: Air fare to London, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry and other items of a personal nature

What's more evocative of England's history and beauty than the grandeur of Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals, the ancient cities of Winchester, Sherborne and Bath and the beautiful scenery of the South Downs? This new tour has been designed to blend England's rich history, with many of the outstanding bird reserves and parks. As well as enjoying many of Southern England's breeding birds, such as Green Woodpecker, European Robin and Long-tailed Tit, we will also be learning about the famous reintroduction programs of Great Bustards and White Storks; both species formerly nested in the UK, but had been lost over the past hundred years and the fascinating re-wilding programs beginning to take hold in parts of England.

We start in London, but immediately head to Windsor Great Park and of course Windsor Castle before heading west to the Counties of Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire and Dorset. The scenery comprised of rolling farmland, hedgerows and patches of woodland. Small villages and towns dot the landscape with ancient churches and castles breaking the skyline. We will have many of our lunches in the charismatic old English pubs, which all have outdoor gardens, so let’s hope for fine summer weather. Join us for our first Venture to enjoy the beautiful and historic countryside and cultural sights of Southern England.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See in England

Great Bustard, Common Buzzard, Red Kite, European Marsh-Harrier, Eurasian Kestrel, Great Crested and Little Grebes, White Stork, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Northern Lapwing, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Jay, Bearded Reedling, European Nuthatch, European Treecreeper, Great, Coal, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, and many more.