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Birdwatching in Aberystwyth with Ashley Grove

Birdwatching Break to Aberystwyth

Mon 6 - Wed 8 Dec 2021: A Short Birdwatching Break to Aberystwyth with wildlife expert Ashley Grove and Johnsons Coaches

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Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th December 2021


It starts with an eerie silence and a lonely sky at dusk. Waiting patiently for a quiet that swells the sea air with anticipation. Then suddenly in the far, far distance a tiny speck; a winged black mark on a blue sky. No, two black marks. No, five. Ten. A hundred. Within seconds the sky comes to life. Thousands of starlings flock towards land at dusk to roost, performing incredible and almost balletic movements together before they settle. They swoop, dive and thunder across the sky and seamlessly change shape and direction in perfectly choreographed movements. 


Look What's Included:

  • One Boarding Point here at Henley-in-Arden

  • Club Class Extra Legroom Coach

  • Our Own Courier Service

  • Fully escorted throughout by wildlife expert, Ashley Grove

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Outlined flexible  itinerary

Not Included: All lunches


Our Wildlife Expert: Ashley Grove

From a very young age, Ashley’s passion for nature and the great outdoors was obvious. Initially taking inspiration from his parents, he was soon pointing out new species of birds to them in their Warwickshire garden. Life does however have its restrictions, the need for a “proper” job being one of those, so Birds and Photography were relegated to hobbies for some time. However alongside the day jobs, Ashley has volunteered for the RSPB for many years and was asked by his local group in 2006 to give a talk, being already established as a very capable wildlife photographer.


Johnsons are proud to announce that 2021 will be our 4th year of working in partnership with Ashley.


CAUTION: On all Tours we will spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Please bring sensible clothing and wear strong shoes or boots, as it can be wet and muddy. Our Active Traveller Holidays itineraries often include walks which may be up to 1 – 1.5 miles long over uneven ground which may prove challenging for those customers with reduced and limited mobility.


What else could you bring? Binoculars are recommended, and you may wish to bring a small bird guide book to help with identification or a compact digital camera, but this is entirely up to you!



Mon - Wed

Our itinerary will be lead throughout by our wildlife specialist Ashley Grove and will include visits to some of mid-Wales' most popular Birdwatching locations. Based in Aberystwyth, the highlight of the break will be hopefully a viewing of a starling murmuration. During the winter months enormous, swirling flocks of starlings roost on the pier's pillars and beams. Meanwhile, while College Rocks, on which it stands, support a small number of Purple Sandpipers, which remain until early May. Infact at this time of the year Aberystwyth is a haven for coastal waders found on the shoreline between the harbour and the pier with the odd Mediterranean Gull often present among the commoner species.
This will be a flexible itinerary based upon the comings and goings of wildlife from local knowledge but we will aim to also visit Ynys - Hir RSPB Reserve, where the estuary saltmarsh and lowland wet grasslands are an excellent habitat during the winter months for Greenland white-fronted geese, golden plover, lapwing, wigeon and barnacle geese. As well as various winter migrants, in addition the area is excellent for Birds of Prey including Peregrine Falcon, Hen Harrier, Merlin and the occasional Short Eared Owl. During our visit we will also visit the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre - a popular Red Kite feeding station.

Your Hotel


3* The Marine Hotel, Aberystwyth

The Marine Hotel is a large family run three star hotel in Aberystwyth, a unique Victorian building along the Promenade. 60 individually designed bedrooms with many rooms offering spectacular Sea Views of Cardigan Bay. The Hotel is located at the Promenade just a throw away from the Aberystwyth Pier and the Bandstand and a 2 minute walk to the Town Centre. Facilities include a lounge, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi in public areas. The hotel offers lift access to most rooms.


Hotel Facilities:

  • En-suite bathrooms

  • TV

  • Hairdryer

  • Hospitality Tray

  • Lift


Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Mon 6 - Wed 8 Dec 2021

2 Nights



Departs: 8.30am

Returns: 6.00pm



Single Room: £50

Holiday Insurance: £21








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Liveridge House Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden

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