Bird & Nature Walks at Wakelyns

It’s great that Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have taken an interest in what’s going on at Wakelyns including doing bird surveys, restoring existing ponds, and creating new ones. And we are particularly excited by our annual turtle dove community (from May to September).

On the Dawn Chorus Bird Walk in 2022 Steve logged 36 species of birds and lots of other wildlife here. And in 2023 it was 38, as here.

Wakelyns Bird Walks

World Dawn Chorus Day Bird Walk on 5 May 2024 (5:30 am – 1:00 pm)
Wakelyns Bird Walk on 22 June 2024 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Wakelyns Bird & Butterfly Walk on 28 July 2024 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Wakelyns Bird & Nature Walk on 31 August 2024 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)

The full day Wakelyns Bird Walks are designed for absolute beginners to more experienced bird watchers with a focus on garden and woodland birds.  Even those that struggle to confidently separate Blue Tits from Great Tits will get much from this course. 

We will take the day to walk round explore Wakelyns’ unique agroforestry areas to highlight identification techniques that highlight bird’s behaviour, shape, plumage, songs and calls, the key to enhancing learning experiences.

Each day will start at 9.30 am (5.30 am for a ‘Dawn Chorus Walk’, to get the best of the birds, with a lunch break – with a delicious lunch from Henrietta Inman at the Wakelyns Bakery included.

£50 per person, or £25 for people on low incomes.

Morning coffee and Wakelyns Bakery Lunch included.

We also run one hour ‘taster walks’ during some of our community/open days.

“Where to start on such a magical day?

Well, we started with the best coffee in town taken with some very special home-made cake and biscuits, consumed al fresco on a beautiful Sunday morning. David [Wolfe] then told us about how his father in 1994 had introduced and developed what today is one of the oldest and most diverse organic agroforestry sites in the UK – a man ahead of his time!

The day was full of birdsong with the Turtle Dove playing the star role. Others in the orchestra included 30 identified birds plus the Broad Bodied Chaser, several hares, roe deer, bee orchids….and amazing Head Chef and baker Henrietta and her team and Steve Piotrowski, bird song identifier extraordinaire!

And, finally, special thanks to David [Wolfe] and his delightful team for the best value £50 around!”

Clive, June 2023

The course will involve a series of complementary activities to ensure you become familiar with the identification and behaviour of birds which are seen.  These will include:

  • Watching birds from a distance in the various habitats
  • Viewing birds around Wakelyns 
  • Learning the art of Field-craft
  • Learning key visual clues to help you identify species by sight
  • Learning key songs and calls to help you identify species by sound

If you don’t live locally, why not stay over in a Wakelyns Ley Alley Pod?

Harry Read

Harry Read leads the Bird Walks at Wakelyns.

For more information about Harry see here.

Book your Wakelyns event

Wakelyns Dal Festival 2024 on 27 July 2024 (11:00 am - 7:00 pm)
Wakelyns Bird & Butterfly Walk on 28 July 2024 (9:30 am - 3:00 pm)
Wakelyns Tree Walk on 28 July 2024 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Wakelyns Bird & Nature Walk on 31 August 2024 (9:30 am - 3:00 pm)
Wakelyns Tree Walk on 31 August 2024 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)