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Exploring the stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley can come no better than a trip out with local naturalist Ed Drewitt.
Whether you would like to:
- Listen for woodland birds on a dawn chorus or evening birdsong walk
- Watch for wild boar or deer
- Discover butterflies and trees
- Or explore the forest for its special birds such as hawfinches, crossbills and peregrines
Ed is able to offer flexible walks and wildlife experiences for individuals, couples and groups of all ages, throughout the year.
Ed has been studying peregrines, our fastest bird, for 24 years and is author of the book Urban Peregrines. His book Raptor Prey Remains has just been published. In the Forest he is part of the Gloucestershire Monitoring Raptor Group, surveying birds of prey including goshawks and peregrines.
Ed lives locally in the Forest of Dean and has been working across the west, showing people wildlife, teaching birdsong and developing learning resources for schools, for the past 20 years. He's been a tour leader for Naturetrek for over ten years, taking people around the world to see wildlife. Ed often advises the BBC, including Springwatch, on wildlife and used to be a reporter for BBC Natural History Radio.
Prices are variable depending on duration and group size. For a 2 hour experience prices are from £125 for a group of up to 4 people and £25 per person thereafter. The wildlife safaris are capped at 8 people - this provides a better opportunity for spotting deer and boar.
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Guided tours for individuals
- Guided tours mandatory
- School Trips
- Accepts groups
* Ed is available throughout the year, both weekdays and weekends. Booking is essential.
Depending on what you would like to see, early morning, mid-morning, evening and/or nocturnal activities are all possible.
Every season brings it's own unique variety of wildlife from wild daffodils and displaying goshawks in March, nightjars and deer in mid-summer, and crossbills and mandarin ducks in winter. Mid-March through to the end of April is a very good time for experiencing birdsong and the dawn chorus, while late February through to late April is ideal for spotting wild boar and their 'humbug' patterned young.
There are short periods when Ed might be away tour-leading or delivering other events.