Forest of Dean Evening Wildlife Safari

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.

Please note the event will run once four or more customers have booked per date.

Age restrictions: 8+

per person £40

What people are saying

Molly Monk
Jun 2024

Incredible evening with amazing wildlife and informative and friendly host. Thank you very much.

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Sara King
Jun 2024

Ed's knowledge was brilliant. Spent a wonderful evening exploring the wildlife of the Forest of D...

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Jeremy Bonnell
Jun 2024

An excellent evening with Ed, we were able to see wild boar, fallow deer and pipistrelle bats as ...

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Mitchell Cole
Jun 2024

Had an amazing time!

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How to get there


  • Experience takes place 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.

You'll be hosted by

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.

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Any questions?

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