Dusk on the Marsh
This guided tour encapsulates twilight, with its collision of starts and ends to the wildlife day, a wonderful time to be out watching and listening.
Using an open-air lookout on the Wild Ken Hill freshwater marshes you might see Short-eared Owls and Barn Owls quartering the land in search of a rodent meal, while Kestrel and Buzzard are preparing for bed.
You might see an aerial display from numbers of roosting Marsh Harriers as they jostle for the top roosting spots or glimpse Peregrine Falcons chasing the duck and waders feeding on the marsh in hope of gaining an evening meal. You might hear Wigeon whistling, seasonal honking of the skeins of Pink-footed Geese that populate the evening sky or the distant chatter of wading birds and gulls on the wash.
Or you may just be lucky with a spectacular sunset. In any event, you’ll return in the darkness, having been immersed in the natural beauty of this time of day.
AM/PM: Dusk on the Marsh takes place in the late afternoon / early evening
Start Time: Dusk on the Marsh has a flexible start time to account for sunset
Duration: Around 2 and a half hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 1-4 km
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture - Families
- Covid-19 secure