Forest of Dean evening wildlife safari

Price
£40 / 1 person
Duration
2 hrs
Age restrictions
8+
Location
Wider area - Gloucestershire
Your host will meet you at this address.
Host available in
Bristol

What you'll do

The Forest of Dean is an ancient woodland home to all kinds of mighty and mysterious creatures.

Venture out on this evening safari just before the cloak of darkness settles in. Watch in awe as the forest's secretive and shy wildlife begin to resurface for the night. Wild boar, fallow deer, bats, and foxes emerge. Consider yourself even luckier to catch a pine marten or an otter!

During the spring and early summer, the evenings echo with the sounds of woodland birdsong from robins, song thrushes and blackbirds. Woodcock display overhead while tawny owls hoot in the twilight. You might even make out the sound of a churring nightjar.

Cannop Ponds come alive with waterbirds: mandarin ducks, mute swans, little grebes, kingfishers, dippers and grey wagtails. Safaris a little earlier in the day may reveal the local Forest of Dean birds: crossbills, siskins and hawfinches. While you're taking in all of these, don't forget to pay attention to all the butterflies, lizards, glow worms and woodland flowers. This experience is a feast of the eyes.

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What you'll do

The Forest of Dean is an ancient woodland home to all kinds of mighty and mysterious creatures.

Venture out on this evening safari just before the cloak of darkness settles in. Watch in awe as the forest's secretive and shy wildlife begin to resurface for the night. Wild boar, fallow deer, bats, and foxes emerge. Consider yourself even luckier to catch a pine marten or an otter!

During the spring and early summer, the evenings echo with the sounds of woodland birdsong from robins, song thrushes and blackbirds. Woodcock display overhead while tawny owls hoot in the twilight. You might even make out the sound of a churring nightjar.

Cannop Ponds come alive with waterbirds: mandarin ducks, mute swans, little grebes, kingfishers, dippers and grey wagtails. Safaris a little earlier in the day may reveal the local Forest of Dean birds: crossbills, siskins and hawfinches. While you're taking in all of these, don't forget to pay attention to all the butterflies, lizards, glow worms and woodland flowers. This experience is a feast of the eyes.

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Facilities

  • Outdoors
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 guidelines

  • The activities are held outdoors at a time when there are little to no other people around and social distancing is easy to achieve. Participants will use their own transport and only those not experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms will be permitted to attend.

  • Your host Ed follows the current government guidelines on groups sizes. The covid-19 risk assessment is part of the overall risk assessment completed.

On the day

  • The safari times can vary depending on the sunset - these will be advised on booking

  • You will be out for around 2 hours and walk approx 1.5 to 2 miles (2.4km - 3km) at a steady or slow pace taking in the scenery, sounds and wildlife along the way

  • Walking is along well-surfaced tracks and you are able to venture off onto smaller paths and gentle uphill or downhill terrain

  • Torches, binoculars and weather-appropriate clothing are advised

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

About Ed Drewitt

Ed takes guests out on adventurous experiences in the Forest of Dean. His speciality? Uncovering its wildlife and helping others to identify birdsong. Ed's your go-to guy for experiencing the incredible sounds of the dawn chorus when birds wake at first light and sing. At dusk, he'll guide you on a wildlife safari as you search for secretive large mammals like fallow deer and wild boar. Maybe you fancy exploring the forest's special birdlife that isn't found in Bristol - Ed knows just how.

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Your host

Ed Drewitt

Ed's got a passion for wildlife. He enjoys taking people out to see and experience it. Ed offers training courses on identifying birds and their songs. He has been studying urban peregrine falcons for the past 20 years and is the author of Urban Peregrines. He's got an educational background so is always on a quest to learn new things.

What people are saying

Ed is an engaging guide who draws your attention to things you just wouldn’t have noticed without his knowledge. We also saw a sole fallow deer grazing in a woodland meadow and came within feet of a pack of wild boar who thundered off through the bracken when they realised we were close by. Recommended!

Andrew Daymond, Jun 2022

Ed is an excellent host. A very enjoyable experience. Hearing wild boar a few feet away and seeing a beautiful, pregnant fallow deer were the highlights.

Stella Rafferty, Jun 2022

A very enjoyable evening with a knowledgeable host in Ed Drewitt and like minded companions. Heard and saw numerous birds, sightings of deer and a very close encounter with the elusive wild boar. Ed taught us to look for the clues of the wild life in the magical Forest of Dean. Highly recommended.

Catherine Gerrard, Jun 2022

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Ed Drewitt.

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What people are saying

Ed is an engaging guide who draws your attention to things you just wouldn’t have noticed without his knowledge. We also saw a sole fallow deer grazing in a woodland meadow and came within feet of a pack of wild boar who thundered off through the bracken when they realised we were close by. Recommended!

Andrew Daymond, Jun 2022

Ed is an excellent host. A very enjoyable experience. Hearing wild boar a few feet away and seeing a beautiful, pregnant fallow deer were the highlights.

Stella Rafferty, Jun 2022

A very enjoyable evening with a knowledgeable host in Ed Drewitt and like minded companions. Heard and saw numerous birds, sightings of deer and a very close encounter with the elusive wild boar. Ed taught us to look for the clues of the wild life in the magical Forest of Dean. Highly recommended.

Catherine Gerrard, Jun 2022
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Price
£40 / 1 person
Duration
2 hrs
Age restriction
8+
Rebook or cancel up to 7 days before your experience.