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Walks with Wardens – International Dawn Chorus Day at RSPB Ham Wall

Walks with Wardens – International Dawn Chorus Day at RSPB Ham Wall

Friday 3 May 2024, 6 am – 9 am

Join us just before International Dawn Chorus Day for a 3-hour tour to celebrate natures symphony and discover the delights of spring with our wardening team at RSPB Ham Wall. With exclusive access to parts of the reserve normally closed to visitors, absorb the sounds of the reedbed spring, find the wildlife hidden within and learn more about the varied reserve management work that goes on behind the scenes. We’ll be listening out for the evocative boom of the male bittern, the explosive song of Cetti’s warblers and trilling sedge warblers as well as enjoying the songs of your typical woodland birds such as robins, great tits and blackbirds.


RSPB Ham Wall is a special place teeming with amazing wildlife, panoramic views and the sound of the reeds swaying in the wind all year round. Not only that, the Avalon Marshes are one of, if not the best place in the country to see bittern, with approximately one fifth of the UK’s population of booming males recorded here in 2022.  Bittern are just one of the five heron species you might see in a day at Ham Wall – great white egret are now a regular fixture, cattle egret bred here in 2017 (the first time on an RSPB reserve), grey herons nest in the reeds and little egrets can be seen fishing around the edges.


As well as the chance to see some of the fantastic wildlife that Ham Wall has to offer, you will also learn about the work the staff and volunteer team undertakes managing, surveying and protecting this special landscape and this is your opportunity to go behind the scenes to areas not normally accessible to visitors. All of this makes for an unmissable experience so why not book your place on this exclusive tour (numbers are limited) to join our wardening team today.


What makes ‘Walks with Wardens at Ham Wall’ unique?

·      Gain access to one of the UK’s best wildlife spots including areas normally inaccessible to visitors.

·      You will be led by expert local guides, who also happen to be the very people responsible for managing, surveying and protecting this wonderful landscape.

·      Learn about why and how we manage sites for wildlife too.

·      Profits go straight back into wildlife conservation at the place you’ve visited.


Cost per person:

RSPB Member – £41

Non-RSPB Member - £51

Suitable for ages 16 +. Please note 16 & 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18+).

Please note that booking fees apply. Booking fee included in cost above.



The tour takes place across rough and uneven terrain, including patches of long grass, unsuitable for wheels. The walk will be at least 3 miles in length.


Optics and Clothing

Optics are an important part of the walk so please bring binoculars with you and a scope if you have one. Dress appropriately for the weather and condition, including sturdy footwear. Please expect some standing about so dress in warm layers as it can be very cold out on the reserve. Wet weather gear should be brought just in case.


What's the refund policy?

 If unforeseen circumstances cause RSPB Ham Wall to cancel an event, all ticket holders will be informed, and a full refund will be issued. Please provide a valid phone number an e-mail in case we need to get hold of you urgently to update you with any changes or cancellations. Tickets are non-transferable. Please contact RSPB Ham Wall if you are unable to attend. Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date. Refunds are subject to an administration fee. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event.


IMPORTANT: We respect your privacy and will not sell your personal data to any third party.

 Any personal data you provide here is collected and used only for the purposes of booking this event. Your details will only be used by this event's RSPB co-ordinator and will not be shared with anyone else.


Additional Information:

·      Please note that dogs are not permitted on the tour.

·      The tour will leave promptly at the stated start time. We ask you to arrive at the Ham Wall Car Park 15 minutes before the start of the tour to register with staff.

·      Car parking – Car Parking is available in the large RSPB car park but please note that car parking charges apply to non-RSPB members (£3 all day). RSPB members display membership card on dashboard for free parking.

📷 Sandie Andrews

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