Day Trips - May to Sept 2022 

We're pleased to into the Spring and able to offer Butterfly Trips again! Last year (2021) we run 20+ day trips inluding 3 with overnight stays. Groups are accompanied by 2 guides, and all trips are fully insured and risk assessed. Prices are £50 for a full day (meeting on site).  All participants receive full joining instructions including comprehensive directions, and a full trip report including photographs.  Trips are limited to 6 people but also require a minimum of 4 attendees to run.

​Trips are a great way to put your knowledge to the test and we spend time enjoying the more common wildlife as well as any specialist target species.  They are a great way to meet like minded people and learn all important field skills to help you increase your enjoyment of nature on a daily basis.  Exclusive and tailored trips are also available on request. 

TO BOOK - Trips are £50 for a full day with 2 guides based on meeting AT SITE. We reserve the right to host the trip on the Saturday or Sunday of the stated weekend, whichever has the preferable weather. 

Sunday 15th May - Duke of Burgundy
Rodborough Common, near Stroud (GL5 5BP)


Duke of Burgundy can be quite numerous in a good year in small pockets of the right habitat at this site, and we can also see Green Hairstreaks, Brown Argus and maybe some early Adonis Blues if we are lucky.

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Sunday 22nd May - Club-Tailed Dragonfly
Dixton, Monmouth (NP25 3SY)


As Britain's only Club-Tailed Dragonfly, they are present at only a few sites in Wales and emerge on mass before flying to woodland where they mature.  This 2 hour trip meeting at 9.45am with Nicky, hopes to observe newly emerged club-tailed dragonflies along with Banded Damoiselles, plus any birds or butterflies we may also encounter.  

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Sat 11th June - Large Heath/White Faced Darter
Whixhall Moss & Prees Heath, North Shropshire (SY13 2RT)


A trip to the amazing Whixall Moss to try and see Large Heath butterfly and White-faced Darter dragonfly, as well as Hobby and a wealth of other dragonflies, birds and other wildlife. Our permit allowa us to access to the non-public areas to increase the chance of seeing Large Heath. We'll also try to find time to visit Prees Heath for Silver-studded Blue and common birds including Yellowhammer. Flat walking at both sites although Whixall needs care to avoid walking off the main tracks into the moss!  We can offer 2 spaces in the car from Pontypool.

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Thursday 16th June - Kenfig NNR
Kenfig, Bridgend (CF33 4PT)


A slow amble around the reserve to look for Fenn Orchid, Small Blue Butterfly, Hairy Hawker Dragonfly, and Ruddy Darter. Well also enjoy the many Warblers and other birds that can be found at the site.

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Saturday 18th June - Fritillaries and Wood White
Blaenserchan (NP4 6RP) and Haugh Wood (HR1 4QX)


First we'll enjoy Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green fritillary at this ex-colliery site with a chance of nesting redpoll, warblers and pipits. We'll then travel to Hereford to see Wood White Butterflies, one of the few sites where these can still be seen close to Wales. We'd consider splitting this trip into 2 days (1 site each day) to reduce travel if there is demand. Drop us a note to let us know your preference.

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Download our full brochure of Trips for 2022.
Keep your eyes open for more trips being added plus bird trips!
Here's an example of a Trip Report recieved by every trip attendee shortly after the trip.

 

PENNY, CARDIFF

Very knowledgeable & experienced field trip leaders  - we saw our first Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies within 10 minutes of leaving the car park! Would highly recommend the field trips organised by Speckled Wood Wildlife.

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