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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:

Dawn Chorus 5am start returning for breakfast circa 7am to 7.30.

The Forest is home to over 40 types of breeding woodland bird from Wood Warblers to Blackcaps and Mistle Thrushes to Nuthatches. Many singing very early in the dawn chorus 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. During this period, you will be enjoying the dawn chorus to its full before the cacophony dies away leaving a background ambience of bird sounds, giving you the opportunity to focus on hearing individual birds. 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.

Available to book on 16th 17th 18th 22nd and 23rd April 2019.
Other dates may be available and bookable on request

Owl and Bat early evening and night time walk

Usually starting between 7.00pm and 7.45pm and including some star gazing – subject to weather.

Available to book on 25th 26th and 30th August 2019 and 2nd 4th 24th 25th September
Other dates may be available and bookable on request