Wildlife and Sightseeing Trip

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Category: Range of Trips

Cost: £100 for up to 6 people
         £180 for up to 12 people 

Wildlife trips are available all year round, HOWEVER, the best months to see large flocks of birds are during the months of November through until March. For these particular trips it is advisable to limit the numbers onboard to a maximum of 6 people.

During the winter months we have over 300,000 birds inhabit our coastline, travelling in from Scandinavia, our mudflats are like a massive larder to these birds to feed up on. During the months of November to April you are likely to see, but not limited to the following birds: Curlews, Cormorants, Egrets, Turnstones, Knots, Marsh Harriers, Shags, Sanderling, Dunlin, Brent Geese, Swans, Shell Ducks, Mallard, Oyster Catchers, Bar-Tailed Godwits, Black-Tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover, Redshank and Greenshank, Whimbrel, Herons, Greylag Geese, Guillemots, Red-Throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Avocets, Spoonbills and not forgetting the Herring Gull and Black-Headed Gulls. 

The spring through till autumn season is not as busy amongst the creeks with all our migratory waders. We will still have our resident waders such Curlews, Cormorants, Egrets, Turnstones, Marsh Harriers, Swans, Mallard, Oyster Catchers, Redshank, Herons, Greylag Geese, Avocets, Herring Gull and Black-Headed Gulls. We are also very lucky to have visitors on our coastline that have travelled over 3000 miles just to breed on our beaches before returning all the way back to Africa. I am of course referring to the Common and Little Terns, the swallows of the sea with their high pitched chirping overhead.

Types of trips available to book are listed below:

1. Low water waders - exploring Tollesbury and Salcot creeks round the low tides gives us a fantastic opportunity to see the wading birds feasting on the mudflats and possibly see divers off in the deeper water. You never know, we might even see the seal sunbathing on the mudbank! This trip is available all year round, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Cost: £100 for up to 6 passengers or £180 for up to 12 passengers. Duration: 2 hours.

2. High water marsh waders - exploring the Tollesbury and Salcot creeks amongst the high tide allows us to get amongst the intricate marshlands where ducks, geese and waders retreat to. Occasionally we will be joined by the seal during the trip but as with all wildlife, it is never guaranteed. This trip is a lovely trip for general sightseeing also as we are able to enter the Tollebsury harbour where the old lightship, Trinity, is moored up amongst the marshes where the series 'Liar Liar' was filmed. This trip is available all year round, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Cost: £100 for up to 6 passengers or £180 for up to 12 passengers. Duration: 2 hours.

3. High water murmurations - exploring Tollesbury creeks on high tide provides us with spectacular sights as the birds gather up in the air together forming mesmerising patterns overhead whilst ducks paddle amongst the tide-flooded lagoons of marshland. This is a trip specific to the winter months and is only available November through until March.  

Cost: £100 for up to 6 passengers or £180 for up to 12 passengers. Duration: 2 hours.

4. Whole day adventure - spend the morning exploring the creeks and observing the wading birds amongst the mudflats. Stop off for lunch at Mersea or Tollesbury (tide dependant) and if there’s time you have the chance to explore the village before your afternoon trip. Spend the afternoon amongst the tidal lagoons of marshland where the birds retreat and gather in numbers performing mesmerising patterns in the sky overhead. This is a trip specific to the winter months and is only available November through until March.  

COST: £200 for up to 6 people OR £360 for up to 12 people, lunch not included.

Places to eat in Tollesbury: Sail Loft Tearoom OR Harbour View restaurant

Places to eat in Mersea: Blackwater Pearl Café, Oyster Bar, Coast Inn, Victory Pub, The Dukes Seafood

Every trip is different and you never know what you might see. We frequently see seals on these trips and occasionally we are lucky enough to also see porpoises too!

To book one of the above trips please give me a call on 07791 859624 to discuss your preferred date and I will have a look at the tides to see what is available for the day. Please bear in mind that due to the nature of my business I may not be able to answer your call immediately if I have a passengers onboard at the time of your call. However, leave me a voice message and I will return your call at my earliest convenience.

Booking in advance is essential and payment upfront to secure your booking is required in full at the booking stage without exception. 

You are only eligible for the 2-tier price option that is based on the size of your group if you book in advance, if you leave it until the day of the trip before making a booking then you will fall into the 'up to 12' price category regardless of the size of your group without exception.

If you do not wish to share the boat with another group, you will need to pay the 'up to 12 people' price to hire the whole boat for just your group otherwise you may have to share the boat with another group of up to 6 people whom you do not know.

Prior to booking your trip with me please ensure you read the Pre-Booking Notes.