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Bird Voices - Learn song & language in Dartmoor Woodland

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Which bird voice can teach you that a sparrowhawk is approaching? Unlock the secrets of the Dartmoor woodland, heath and wetlands by learning Bird Language, and the different voices of the birds. 

Dartmoor is rich with native birds as well as Autumn migrants at this exciting time as flocks of Redwings and Thrushes arriving from Scandinavia descend to feast on the berries the native Mistle Thrushes jealously guards. In the background Robins are singing their melancholic autumnal song. Come join us to learn to read the language of nature through Bird Language which can deepen our awareness and understanding of what's happening in the natural world, and strengthen our connection to the birds at this time of Autumn.

Join Dartmoor's Daughter and Robin Bowman to tune into and experience different bird voices. The day will consist of an inspiring mix of bringing our different senses alive, a sit spot, and walking together to different parts of the woodland listening and identifying bird song.

An avid birdwatcher since the age of 6, Robin Bowman grew up walking, camping , swimming, and of course birding, in the wild places. For the past 15 years he has worked with a large variety of schools and organisations facilitating nature connection and wilderness awareness programmes. He currently runs the Hunger Games programme for teens through WildWise, and works with prisoners with the Write to Freedom charity. In his spare time he runs a smallholding with his young family on Dartmoor, and still loves birds so much he named his first child after one!


£35 per adult and £20 older, engaged children/teenagers under 16

Further Information

Where to meet: Moor Barton Woods between Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. Map Grid Reference SX785839. Directions will be provided via email to you a few days prior to the event. Parking is limited so car sharing is encouraged.

What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes or wellies, plenty of warm layers, waterproof jacket and trousers (whatever the weather forecast), head(torch), watch/timepiece, something to sit on, and binoculars if you have them. And please bring drinks/hot flask and a packed lunch. 

Level: 2 out of 5. The walk is approximately 1 mile and you need to be comfortable walking up and down gentle hills, along muddy tracks, and through the trees where there are no paths.

Cost: £35 per adult and £20 older, engaged children/teenagers under 16. Group size is limited so pre-booking is essential.

Cancellation: The walk will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend. 

Risk: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.

(Photo of Fieldfare by John Harding)