As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 8 October 2012

RSPB launches its ever popular Avocet Cruise winter season

Wildlife enthusiasts can once again get up close to the Exe Estuary’s stunning birdlife as the RSPB launches its 31st season of Avocet Cruises.

Hopping aboard, visitors can expect to see some of the 40,000 birds that call the estuary home during the winter months.  Among the most anticipated sights are black-tailed godwits, brent geese and red-breasted mergansers, species coming from as far away as Siberia and Scandinavia.  There is also a chance of seeing other wildlife including grey seals.

Speaking for the RSPB in the West Country Tony Whitehead said: “these cruises provide enjoyment for experts and beginners alike.  We are always particularly pleased to welcome those new to wildlife-watching, and the Avocet Cruises are a wonderful introduction to discovering the variety of wildlife on our doorstep.
“The Exe Estuary provides an ideal landscape for getting close to wildlife, and our volunteer guides on board make sure everyone gets to see everything.  It is no wonder these cruises have proved so popular over the years.”

Building on their successful introduction in 2011, the RSPB are also offering two special cruises.  In December, a Dawn Cruise will give people a unique chance to see the Exe wake up at sunrise.  A Family Cruise in March will allow wildlife fans of all ages to enjoy a taste of early spring on the estuary.
Tony Whitehead said: “We’re really happy to bring in these two new cruises, which will showcase the estuary in a different light and encourage even more people to enjoy the natural world.”

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