To celebrate the fact that today, spring has officially sprung, we encourage you to partake in a wildlife safari put on by Tudor Farmhouse in Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean. The tours, guided by an expert in the local wildlife, will give unprecedented access to hedgehogs, fallow deer, wild boars and their boarlets, foxes, badgers and more.
Spring is the time in which the Forest of Dean’s abundance of animal inhabitants is at its most rich. To take advantage of this exciting time of the year and get locals and animal-lovers everywhere excited about the local wildlife, these tours have been created. Led by wildlife detective Ed Drewitt, there will be six guided group tours spread over the spring months of April and May. There are three different types of wildlife safaris, and each includes a search led by Ed to find bats, badgers, mice, hedgehogs, deers, foxes, wild boars and more, followed by a well-deserved breakfast, afternoon tea or charcuterie board back at the hotel, courtesy of the Tudor Farmhouse’s award-winning head chef Rob Cox. Each wildlife tour lasts approximately 2 hours, plenty of time to discover and explore, whilst working up an appetite.
The three types of wildlife safaris are as follows:
One for the early risers – this session begins at 5 am to see the sunrise from the forest. Being out this early means witnessing a fascinating daily ritual, that of the thousands of male birds that wake up and sing together before venturing out to forage for food. This safari focusses on the search for mammals, looking for wild boars and deer. Then, the group will enjoy breakfast by a roaring fire at the hotel.
Groups on this safari will see wild boar before they descend into their dens at dusk. Ed will lead the group to the best ‘boar hangouts’ for the best chance of spotting little boarlets by their parents. This group will also hear the symphony of birdsong that occurs before nightfall, before heading back for a cosy afternoon tea or charcuterie board.
The option we’d choose, especially if choosing the Annual Springtime Dawn Chorus with a call time of 5 am. The overnight package includes a B&B stay and two safari tickets. With more time on your hands, you can borrow Hunter wellies from the hotel, explore the local area’s amenities such as the famous Sculpture Trail and Symonds Yat where canoeing, kayaking, cycling and hiking is all available.
Witness the Annual Springtime Dawn Chorus: 13 April, 5 – 8.30 am
Spot Wild Boar, Fallow Deer and Foxes at Dusk: 28 April & 4 May, 6.45 – 10 pm
Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, High Street, Clearwell, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire GL16 8JS
Tickets available from £60 pp. Overnight stays cost £249, which includes an overnight B&B stay for and two safari tickets. Book via tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk or by calling 01594 833046