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Northumberland Coast
There are fewer more wild and unspoilt parts of Britain than the Northumberland Coast and winter brings divers, rafts of Eider and Long-tailed Duck while Twite and Short-eared Owls can be seen along the dunes.
There are few more wild and unspoilt parts of Britain than the Northumberland coast and winter brings rafts of Eiders, Long-tailed Duck plus Common and Velvet Scoters while Twite, Snow Bunting and Short-eared Owls can be seen along the dunes. We will spend three full days exploring the best sites, both coastal and inland, along this magnificent stretch of coastline from Lindisfarne NNR to Druridge Bay. Sea-watching can be particularly rewarding with all three divers, Slavonian Grebes and Little Auks regularly appearing while the shorelines are wintering grounds for multitudes of waders including Purple Sandpiper. Winter brings Pink-footed Geese, Whooper Swans and pale-bellied Brent Geese and the whole coastline is ideal hunting ground for Peregrine and Merlin. In addition this area regularly hosts an array of scarce species including Red-necked Grebe, Lapland Bunting and Glaucous Gull. We will be based for four nights at the top quality and perfectly positioned Doxford Hall Hotel.


To reserve a place please contact Keith Offord 
2018
26 - 30 November
4 nights
£540
£120
Limited
Awaiting response from waitlisted people.
2019
4 - 8 November
4 nights
£TBC
£TBC
Limited
Awaiting response from waitlisted people.
N/A
Four nights dinner bed and breakfast, picnic lunches on three days, transport throughout the event, and the services of the leader.
Travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry and phone calls.
Built in 1818, Doxford Hall is a fabulous country house hotel set in the heart of beautiful Northumberland countryside and surrounded by 10 acres of grounds. The spacious accommodation is high-standard with traditional charm and character and the award-winning restaurant offers a sumptuous array of seasonal dishes. Further information and directions can be found at www.doxfordhall.com. The nearest station is Chathill.
Monday
7.00 p.m.     Welcome reception.
7.15 p.m.     Dinner
8.30 p.m.     Coffee followed by introduction and plan for the week.

Tuesday
8.00 – 9.00 a.m.    Breakfast. Pick up packed lunch.
9.15 a.m.               This morning we will focus on the section of coastline from Bamburgh  to Embleton. We will be watching for action out on the sea where auks, divers and      sea-duck such as Eider, Scaup, scoters and Long-tailed Duck can be seen. Meanwhile, in the dunes we will scan for wintering finches and buntings which attract the usual predators such as Peregrine, Merlin and the occasional Hen Harrier. Newton Pool is always worth a watch for dabbling duck and this site has regularly attracted rarities.        
5.00 p.m.     Return to the hotel.
7.00 p.m.        Dinner
8.30 p.m.        Coffee and re-cap of day.

Wednesday
8.00 – 9.00 a.m.    Breakfast. Pick up packed lunch.
9.15 a.m.           Today we travel south to Druridge Bay. This stretch of Northumberland’s coast is studded with interesting sites including Druridge Bay Country Park, Druridge Pools, Hauxley Nature Reserve and Cresswell Pond. Here we have our best chance of Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Geese, Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes, Water Rail, Barn Owl, Twite, Snow Bunting and even Lapland Bunting. Purple Sandpipers feed along the rocky shorelines.     
5.30 p.m.         Return to the hotel.
7.00 p.m.        Dinner
8.30 p.m.        Coffee and re-cap of day.

Thursday
8.00 – 9.00 a.m.    Breakfast. Pick up packed lunch.
9.15 a.m.                  Our destination today is Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve which is internationally important as the only British wintering site for the Svalbard race of Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Budle Bay is one of the finest sites for large numbers of duck, waders and gulls.
Tides permitting, the historic Holy Island also makes a worthwhile visit, the seas around the island often holding all three divers and in the more sheltered areas, both Red-necked and Slavonian grebes.
5.00 p.m.     Return to the hotel.
7.00 p.m.        Dinner
8.30 p.m.        Coffee and re-cap of day.

Friday   
8.00 – 9.00 a.m.    Breakfast 
9.15 a.m.                  Depart
Subject to weather, we will be out as much as possible in order to make the most of the fabulous area. Walks will generally be on level gradients but may be over uneven ground and will normally be no more than 3 Km.

TRANSPORT: 17-seater minibus with plenty of spare room.

PRICE: The price includes four nights dinner bed and breakfast, four picnic lunches, transport throughout the event and the services of the leader. A £100 non-refundable deposit per person is required at the point of booking, the balance being due 2 months before the event.  This price does not include personal insurance. The group size will be limited to a maximum of 12.

LEADER: Keith Offord
01691 718740
www.wildinsights.co.uk