• Explore the botanical and ornithological highlights of the tranquil Isles of Scilly in the company of expert ecologists
• Visit the famous sub-tropical gardens of Tresco, home to a rich diversity of exotic plants
• Take in archaeological sites, wetland birdlife and maritime-influenced vegetation
Peter Exley, BSc
conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB
Msc, CBiol, MCIEEM
Depart Exeter 1630 on Skybus, arriving St Mary’s 1730. Transfer to St Mary’s Hall Hotel for seven nights. Introductory talk.
By ferry across St Mary’s Sound to St Agnes (superb maritime heath) and Gugh (spectacular coastline walks).
Walk (wetland birdlife and coastal vegetation) to Bant’s Carn (Bronze Age burial chamber), Halangy Down (Iron Age settlement), Holy Vale, Higher Moors, Porth Hellick Down (Bronze Age grave and burial chamber). Return along coastal path over Salakee Down to Old Town and church.
By charter boat to Western Rocks (seals, coastal birds) and Samson (largest of uninhabited isles with abandoned village).
By ferry to Bryher: superb coastal vegetation (search for rare dwarf pansies) and heather moorland on Shipman Head Down with visits to prehistoric entrance graves and promontory fort.
Morning: excursion by ferry to Tresco Abbey Garden (sub-tropical gardens). Afternoon free in St Mary’s or optional walk on Castle Down, Tresco.
By charter boat to Eastern Isles (cobble bars linking small isles, undisturbed coastal and heath vegetation, seals, birds) with visit (sea conditions dependent) to island of St Helen’s: remains of St Elid’s hermitage (8th century chapel), 18th century Pest House.
Depart St Mary’s 0955, arriving Exeter 1055.
7 May — 14 May 2019
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Cost of £2295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £145.