England Birds & Gardens: Southwest

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to Saturday, April 29, 2017
Tour Duration: 
12 days
Number of Persons Limit: 
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• Acclaimed gardens with varied designs and styles in the green rolling English countryside, and excellent birding in the well-established network of nature reserves and national parks that occur across England.

• April is a delightful month to be in England; mild and pleasant, fine evenings. The start of the breeding season for birds, and delightful spring & early summer flowers in gardens.

 Read Lucy Chang's blog entry about the Garden Highlights from our England Birds & Gardens tours!


This unique, double-themed tour combines birding and gardens in a delightful part of the world, southern England, at a very enchanting time of year, in late April.

We visit some of the finest gardens in a country where gardening is a way of life - from the Royal horticultural seat at Wisley, to Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter, the garden rooms at Sissinghurst as well as Nymans, the Castle gardens at Caerhays, the amazing colours at Compton Acres, the rediscovered gardens of Heligan, and Trebah’s exquisite garden.

We wend our way through the southern coastal counties of England, from Kent through Sussex and Hampshire to Devon and Cornwall. We blend our garden visits with stops at several productive and rewarding nature reserves, RSPBs and National Parks, from Stodmarsh and Dungeness in Kent to Arne, Radipole Lake and Portland Bill in Dorset, and Yarner Woods and Dawlish Warren in Devon and Cornwall.

We will see a fine cross section of England’s birdlife: Bearded Reedlings and Common Shelduck in wetlands, Gray Wagtails and European Dippers along waterways, Eurasian Hobby over heathland, nesting seabirds at Portland Bill, Red-billed Choughs on Cornish cliffs, and Dartford Warbler in furze stands and Woodlarks in newly regenerating forest. A very special and exciting tour led by experts in both gardens and birds!


Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Wisley RHS and Stodmarsh

Day 3: Dungeness Nature Reserve and Great Dixter

Day 4: Sissinghurst and Nymans

Day 5: The New Forest

Day 6: Arne & Compton Acres

Day 7: Lodmoor, Radipole Lake, Portland Bill & Dawlish Warren

Day 8: Dartmoor

Day 9: Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhay’s Castle Gardens

Day 10: Trebah and the Lizard

Day 11: Hestercombe, birding sites and return to London

Day 12: Departure



Featured Wildlife

"Excellent tour. Exceeded expectations." - 2015 participant

"I love being in the UK. Travelling through the English countryside, stopping along the way at gardens or birding places- what a great way to spend a holiday! The leaders always made sure that everybody in the group was taken good care of." - 2015 participant

"Garden choices were varied and exceedingly gorgeous." - 2015 participant