• 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
conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB
MSc, CBiol, MRSB, MCIEEM
Assemble 1800 at St Mary’s Hall Hotel and check in for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
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) – sea and weather conditions permitting.
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.
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.
Morning: excursion by ferry to Tresco Abbey Garden (sub-tropical gardens). Afternoon free in St Mary’s or optional walk on Castle Down, Tresco.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
11 May — 18 May 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
A good level of overall fitness is required for this tour. Participants must be able to walk for a minimum of four miles over uneven ground, and be comfortable with getting in and out of small boats. Walks will be taken at a reasonable pace, and participants should be aware that weather and climate can be unpredictable at times.
Cost of £2095 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: return travel, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £355.