The Lake District is home to several exceptional species of birds of prey - or raptors as they are collectively known. Best known is probably the peregrine falcon, but the Lakes also has plenty of other species including currently a couple of pairs of ospreys, buzzards, red kite, merlin and kestrel. This day out consists of a series of short walks on which we'll try and find as many birds of prey as possible. It's a bit of a tour too - you'll see plenty of the Lake District and with luck, plenty of other wildlife of interest. Included in the price is a pub lunch.
WHERE? Meet points at Bampton Grange, Haweswater or Langdale - exact location provided when you book. Sites visited could include Haweswater, Martindale, Little Langdale, Bassenthwaite, Hawkshead - locations are chosen according to where it's easiest to see the most birds.
WHEN? FRIDAYS between April and October. Start time varies with time of year and location - please phone or email for details of current start times.
DURATION Full day
YOU"LL NEED Warm clothing - please don't wear anything bright. (Note: even in summer it can get chilly, and as we'll be sitting tight for some of the time it's best to know you can keep warm); Something to sit on - a rucksack, sit mat or similar - anything to stop you getting cold/damp from the ground; Boots or strong walking shoes; Binoculars if you have them; Packed lunch and camera;
NOTES The walks are generally easy to moderate, depending on the locations visited and could be up to 5km. There may be short uphill sections which can be steep. Public toilets are available at various points during the day. Parking is available at the meeting point and details will be provided on booking. Children 10+ are welcome as long as they are with well-behaved adults! Please be aware that there will be some sitting still on this activity and that there is a combination of travelling and several short walks. Some lifts may be available with the guide, but you should expect to use your own vehicle for some of the transport.
WE PROVIDE Guide, binoculars, groundsheet/tarp, pub lunch
PRICE £45 adults and £25 under 16s
TO BOOK Call John White on 07970 138591 or 01931 713115 or email