The Swan and The Great House - Bank Holiday Events

Why not join me, The Bird Whisperer, this coming bank holiday weekend, for a series of bespoke walks especially for guests of The Swan Streatley, The Great House Sonning and Coppa Club.

Over Sat 29th August to Mon 31st August, there is a timetable of walks available at a 25% discount to the normal listed price especially for these customers (discounted price shown below), which can be booked by emailing  info@goringgapwildlifewalks.co.uk

I will take you round our local area and help you see more of the wildlife than you would spot solo - and make sure you pass through the most scenic areas too! Group sizes remain at 6 to comply with government guidelines (unless you are a family group larger than this so can be accommodated together) and all take place completely outdoors in our glorious fresh air, rain or shine!

The walks schedule is as follows – pre booking essential!

The Swan Streatley

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Saturday 29th August 6:00am - The Kingfisher Early Birds

The Kingfisher early birds This is an early start for those wanting to maximise the chance of seeing the Kingfisher! Starting in the grounds and the known kingfisher spots, then heading along the river a short way to where the  adults and young are seen flying up and down the river and if we are lucky see one fishing.

Circa 1.5 hours - £20 per person - Returning you in time for a hearty Coppa Club breakfast!


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Saturday 29th August 8.30am - The "Swan Special" Goring Riverside Return

Starting with a tour of the Swan Grounds, showing you the unique habitat that is there and the bird life that appears at different times of year as well as those there all year round. Sharing with you some of the images I have taken of birds such as the beautiful Kingfisher and the Grey Wagtail. Then continuing down to the Riverside in Goring on a circular route to see the variety of other wildlife on the doorstep

Circa 2.5 hours - £29 per person - Get fuelled up with coffee and breakfast before you head out to take in the scenery!


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Saturday 29th August 2:00pm - The "Swan Special" Goring Scenic Explorer

Starting with a tour of the Swan Grounds, showing you the unique habitat that is there and the bird life that appears at different times of year as well as those there all year round. Sharing with you some of the images I have taken of birds such as the beautiful Kingfisher and the Grey Wagtail.

We will then head into Goring and up to Hartslock nature reserve and Little Meadow Nature Reserve. Then along the riverside back to the hotel - this route takes in the most scenic parts of the Goring Gap countryside.

Circa 4 hours - £37 per person - A good way to work off that fabulous lunch, pre cocktails in the bar....?


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Sunday 30th August 7.30am - The "Swan Special" Streatley Woodland Adventurer

Starting with a tour of the Swan Grounds, showing you the unique habitat that is there and the bird life that appears at different times of year as well as those there all year round. Sharing with you some of the images I have taken of birds such as the beautiful Kingfisher and the Grey Wagtail.

We then head up Streatley Hill to see the scenic views over the Goring Gap area, through the woodland of the Holies and back down through Lardon Chase or the Golf Club, depending where we have the most bird life / wildlife that day. Chock full of black caps, green woodpeckers, maybe a Sparrowhawk and wonderful scenic views.

Circa 4 hours - £37per person – for those wanting that “scenic” camera shot!


The Great House Sonning

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Sunday 30th August 2:00pm - The Sonning Scenic Circuit

Starting in the Private Event grounds of The Great House and then onto the Thames path. On a good day, the kingfisher will do a fly by, but even if he is shy, we will see some beautiful habitats. I’ll help you spot and look out for the wildlife in the area during your stay – from the gold crest in the church yard, to the nuthatch and jays in the wooded area, through to the deer that can be found in a beautifully kept piece of land nearby. Short but beautifully sweet, leaving you to explore the path further in either direction at your own leisure afterwards!

Circa 1.5 hours - £20 per person - Returning you in time for a lazy Pimms in the garden!

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Sunday 30th August 4:00pm - The Sonning Scenic Circuit

Starting in the Private Event grounds of The Great House and then onto the Thames path. On a good day, the kingfisher will do a fly by, but even if he is shy, we will see some beautiful habitats. I’ll help you spot and look out for the wildlife in the area during your stay – from the gold crest in the church yard, to the nuthatch and jays in the wooded area, through to the deer that can be found in a beautifully kept piece of land nearby. Short but beautifully sweet, leaving you to explore the path further in either direction at your own leisure afterwards!

Circa 1.5 hours - £20 per person - Returning you in time for pre dinner cocktails.


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Monday 31st August 7:00am: The Early Birds

This is an early start for those wanting to maximise the chance of seeing the Kingfisher! And as they say – the early bird catches the worm – so I would expect us to have some other wildlife out and about more than normal this time too. An early morning version of the Sonning Scenic Circuit. 

Starting in the Private Event grounds of The Great House and then onto the Thames path. On a good day, the kingfisher will do a fly by, but even if he is shy, we will see some beautiful habitats. I’ll help you spot and look out for the wildlife in the area during your stay – from the gold crest in the church yard, to the nuthatch and jays in the wooded area, through to the deer that can be found in a beautifully kept piece of land nearby.

Circa 1.5 hours - £20 per person - Returning you in time for a hearty Coppa Club breakfast!


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Monday 31st August 10:00am - The Sonning Scenic Circuit

Starting in the Private Event grounds of The Great House and then onto the Thames path. On a good day, the kingfisher will do a fly by, but even if he is shy, we will see some beautiful habitats. I’ll help you spot and look out for the wildlife in the area during your stay – from the gold crest in the church yard, to the nuthatch and jays in the wooded area, through to the deer that can be found in a beautifully kept piece of land nearby. Short but beautifully sweet, leaving you to explore the path further in either direction at your own leisure afterwards!

Circa 1.5 hours - £20 per person - Returning you in time for lunch.


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Monday 31st August 2:00pm - The Sonning Scenic Circuit

Starting in the Private Event grounds of The Great House and then onto the Thames path. On a good day, the kingfisher will do a fly by, but even if he is shy, we will see some beautiful habitats. I’ll help you spot and look out for the wildlife in the area during your stay – from the gold crest in the church yard, to the nuthatch and jays in the wooded area, through to the deer that can be found in a beautifully kept piece of land nearby. Short but beautifully sweet, leaving you to explore the path further in either direction at your own leisure afterwards!

Circa 1.5 hours - £20 per person – Helping you walk off the post lunch slumber!


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