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A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

Take advantage of our central location in the Forest of Dean and book out local naturalist Ed Drewitt to inform you about and find with you the wildlife on our doorstep.

The ancient trees of the Forest of Dean surround Speech House, where a mix of relic woodland pasture, veteran trees and managed forest provides the perfect backdrop for experiencing the wildlife that thrives amongst it.

About Ed

Ed is a local guy who has been working across the West of the UK showing people wildlife, teaching birdsong, working with schools outdoors and developing learning resources for the last 20 years. Ed is a tour leader with a leading Wildlife Travel company and often advises the BBC, including Springwatch, on wildlife and he used to be a reporter for The BBC Natural History Radio.

What Ed’s Walks from the Speech House have to offer:

Owl and Bat Evening Walk:

Late summer and early autumn are ideal times to hear Tawny Owls and see a variety of bats. The Forest of Dean is renowned for the variety of bats living in trees and caves. The lack of light pollution enables easy star gazing

The best time of year is mid – August until the end of October 2019. Ed is available on request – call 07772342758 or email

Must be booked in advance and is subject to his availability. Minimum group of 4 guests at £25 per person .

Usually starting early to mid evening through to dusk. Timings to be advised at time of booking , depending on the month. Star gazing included – subject to weather.

Spring Early Bird Walk

6am start returning for breakfast around 7.30am: Available between mid March and the end of May 2020

The Forest is home to over 40 types of breeding woodland bird from Wood Warblers to Blackcaps and Mistle Thrushes to Nuthatches. Many sing early in the morning to proclaim their nesting area and protect their mate. This is the perfect time to be out listening to the birds, when they are all singing together. Along with Ed’s pictures of the birds and a special Bird Pen – to help you know which bird he is referring to – this is the ideal way of waking up to the Forest before a full breakfast spread, tea and coffee.