United Kingdom
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Year-round
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Learn to Bird with Summit to Seashore Birding Adventures. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a novice and wish to improve your skills, Summit to Seashore can help you. We provide high quality custom bird watching tutorials in a friendly, safe and adventurous atmosphere.

Full day and half day available.

What is included?

  • Local transportation*
  • Professional Guide
  • Entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Summit to Seashore Checklist

*Local transportation is provided but but a pick up point will need to be agreed.

What is NOT included?

  • Meals

*Local transportation is provided but but a pick up point will need to be agreed.

Additional information

DestinationUnited Kingdom
Durationfull day, half day
Age10+
Groupsize1-3, larger groups by appointment
LeadersRich Mooney

Learn to Bird

You will  learn the fundamentals of bird watching by building a strong foundation of skills.  At all times the birds’ welfare comes first and Summit to Seashore’s ethical approach to non-invasive observation will start your own adventure on the right foot.

  • Introduction to Summit to Seashore Birding Adventures
  • Foundation knowledge
  • Equipment and optics
  • Unlocking a bird’s identity
  • Fieldcraft – the benefits of good planning
  • Recording your findings
  • Identification practical – using your new skills
  • What type of birding is best for you

Sample itinerary

Norfolk full day:

  • Depart Woking 05:30am
  • Coffee / breakfast en-route
  • Arrive Titchwell 0900 
  • Titchwell Marsh RSPB
  • Lunch 12:30
  • Depart Titchwell at 1330
  • Arrive Weeting Heath 1430 for Heathland, pine forest birds and ice cream!
  • Depart 1500
  • Arrive Lakenheath RSPB Reserve for Reedbed birds and Cranes 1510
  • Depart Lakenheath 1700
  • Arrive back in Woking 19:15

Note: the itineraries are customisable depending on your group size and location.

What does a full day look like?

Norfolk (Spring / Summer)

You have heard the expression ‘‘the early bird gets the worm’’;  an early start is always on the agenda on our field trips! The Surrey to Norfolk trip (some of the best birding in the UK)  departs at 05:30 am and is a 3 hour drive with a stop for breakfast and coffee on the way.

Our tutorial starts  in some prime farmland habitat just outside Titchwell village. Here we will have a short break and opportunity for a snack before we begin to explore our Five Fundamental Birding Tips. Once we have covered  theory basics and have taken a look at some of the typical  farmland birds in the area we will head down to Titchwell Marsh RSPB. Here we will spend  3  hours birding this outstanding area. Habitats include woodland, reedbed, marsh, estuary and sea which  all feature a variety of different birds.

At 12:30 we stop for lunch at the reserve restaurant which has a good selection of home cooked food.  There is also a great gift shop and information centre if you want to look at optics, clothing, books etc.. At 13:30 we drive south for an hour, stopping at Weeting Heath National Nature Reserve in Suffolk. We will  familiarise ourselves with the Breckland landscape and its species, stretch our legs and hopefully connect with a very special bird not easily seen anywhere in the UK. We depart Weeting Heath at about 15:00 arriving at Lakenheath RSPB at 15:10 and make our way out to the main hide with the hope of seeing some reedbed specialties. We will depart at approximately 17:00 and arrive back in Woking for  about 19:15.

Sample itinerary

West Sussex half day:

  • Depart Woking 0630am
  • Arrive Pulborough Brooks RSPB 0730
  • Pulborough Brooks RSPB walk
  • Snack 1100 (delicious cake here!) 
  • Depart 1200
  • Arrive back in Woking by 1300

What does a half-day look like?

West Sussex (Spring / Summer)

The West Sussex ½ day trip departs Woking at 06:30 am and is a 1 hour drive to Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve.

Our day starts just outside the reserve where we will find a comfortable spot in amongst the pine woodland. Here we will begin to explore the Five Fundamental Birding Tips

Once we have covered the first part of our theory we will head into Pulborough Brooks RSPB.  Here we will spend  2 ½   hours birding this wonderful reserve and getting to grips with both its resident and migrant occupants. At 11:00 am we will stop for a snack at the reserves restaurant (the Victoria Sponge Cake is wonderful).  Once refreshed we will go over  the remaining theory. We will then head back to Surrey and en-route go over how to get started on your own bird watching journey.