Birdwatching cruise from Ipswich

Join us with experts from the Swallow Birding

Experts from Swallow Birding (www.swallowbirding.co.uk) join us for the day to help spot and identify the huge numbers of waders, wildfowl and migrants that flock to the Rivers Orwell and Stour for the winter.

These two rivers are the most beautiful on the East Coast, their sloping banks are graced with large country houses and there is plenty of interest on any cruise whether short or long.

Ipswich Starting from Ipswich Dock, once home to a very large fleet of working barges and now full of cafes, shops and designer flats, we head out through the lock into the river Orwell. Passing under the eye catching Orwell bridge, we sail past Woolverstone and Pin Mill (one of the most painted places on the East Coast) and into bustling Harwich Harbour, before heading into the River Stour past Parkestone Bird Reserve, past Wrabness and towards Mistley before returning.

Harwich  Starting from Ha’penny Pier on the waterfront, the areas covered are similar to the above, except the furthest up the Orwell we will sail is the Orwell Bridge, and we may have more time in the Stour.

Harwich Harbour - Adrian Brown

Catering for the day is outlined in the “Food” section on our website.

  • Pyefleet Creek

    Sat 16 March

    AVAILABLE

    Birds of the Blackwater

    with Swallow Birding. A day sail observing the birds on the saltmarshes and mud flats of the Blackwater.

    0715-1900

    £60 fully catered

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    Some spare tickets are kept back in the office. For last minute bookings, to book children, to redeem a voucher or to go on a waiting list, please ring the office on 01621 857567

    Sat March 16 Maldon

    Adult 60.00 GBP
    Please ring to book Dietaries ie. Veggie, Gluten Free etc. 0.00 GBP * Please contact us with your requirements
    Please ring to book Children Aged 1 - 12 40.00 GBP * Please ring us to book
    Please ring to book Babies 0.00 GBP * Under 12 months Free

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  • dunlin

    Sat 23 March

    AVAILABLE

    Birdwatching Walk & Cruise from Maldon

    with Swallow Birding. Join barge for coffee at 11 and guided walk followed by two hour sail 1300-1500.

    1100-1500

    £40 incl. light lunch

    DETAILS

    BOOK NOW

    Some spare tickets are kept back in the office. For last minute bookings, to book children, to redeem a voucher or to go on a waiting list, please ring the office on 01621 857567

    Sat March 23 Maldon

    Adult 40.00 GBP Ring to book
    * See Note Dietaries ie. Veggie, Gluten Free etc. 0.00 GBP * Please contact us with your requirements
    * See Note Children Aged 1 -12 30.00 GBP * Please ring us to book
    * See Note Babies 0.00 GBP * Under 12 months Free

    Confirmation will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

  • Dave Hamilton

    Sun 24 March

    AVAILABLE

    Birdwatching Walk & Cruise from Maldon

    with Swallow Birding. Join barge for coffee and guided walk followed by lunch and two hour sail.

    1130-1545

    £40 incl. light lunch

    DETAILS

    BOOK NOW

    Some spare tickets are kept back in the office. For last minute bookings, to book children, to redeem a voucher or to go on a waiting list, please ring the office on 01621 857567

    Sun March 24 Maldon

    Adult 40.00 GBP Ring to book
    * See Note Dietaries ie. Veggie, Gluten Free etc. 0.00 GBP * Please contact us with your requirements
    * See Note Children Aged 1 -12 30.00 GBP * Please ring us to book
    * See Note Babies 0.00 GBP * Under 12 months Free

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  • Thistle on Orwell

    Sat 6 April

    AVAILABLE

    Birds of the Colne

    with Swallow Birding. A four hour sail exploring the saltmarsh banks of the River Colne

    1030-1430

    Adults £50, children £35 incl. light lunch

    DETAILS

    BOOK NOW

    Some spare tickets are kept back in the office. For last minute bookings, to book children, to redeem a voucher or to go on a waiting list, please ring the office on 01621 857567

    Sat 6 April Brightlingsea

    Adult 50.00 GBP
    *See Note Dietaries ie. Veggie Gluten Free etc. 0.00 GBP * Please contact us with your requirements
    *See Note Children Aged 1 - 12 35.00 GBP * Please ring us to book
    *See Note Babies 0.00 GBP * Under 12 months Free

    Confirmation will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

  • fingringhoe wick

    Sun 7 April

    AVAILABLE

    Birds of the Colne

    with Swallow Birding. A four hour sail exploring the saltmarsh banks of the River Colne

    1030-1430

    Adults £50, children £35 incl. light lunch

    DETAILS

    BOOK NOW

    Some spare tickets are kept back in the office. For last minute bookings, to redeem a voucher or to go on a waiting list, please ring the office on 01621 857567

    Sun 7 April Brightlingsea

    Adult 50.00 GBP
    *See Note Dietaries ie. Veggie Gluten Free etc. 0.00 GBP * Please contact us with your requirements
    *See Note Children Aged 1 - 12 35.00 GBP * Please ring us to book
    *See Note Babies 0.00 GBP * Under 12 months Free

    Confirmation will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.