Birds of the Blackwater Day Cruise

from £65.00

Explore the River Blackwater with experts from Swallow Birding.

Fully catered with morning coffee, lunch, tea with cake, light supper

  • Start date: 14/10/2021 7:00 am
  • Duration: 12 Hours
  • Sailing from: Maldon
24 spaces available

During the winter months, the saltmarshes and mud flats of the Blackwater hosts huge flocks of wading birds and wild fowl including Godwits, Avocets, Dunlin & Oyster Catchers; Brent Geese, Widgeon, Shell Duck, Teal and many less common species as well as a chance of Raptors.

This full day sail on the tide, takes you down river past Northey Island, Osea Island, Mayland, Mersea, Bradwell and possible into the River Colne. As we near low water, the skipper may anchor close to the mud flats off Bradwell or Tollesbury Creek. Experts from Swallow Birding ( are on board to help spot and identify. The barge has central heating, and the day is fully catered with plenty of hot homemade food, so even though it is a long day, you can warm up and relax in the saloon.

Food included:
Buntings sausages in roll
Granary Bread with Jam, tea or coffee
Mid morning Coffee or Tea & Biscuits
Lunch: Rosemary Chicken
(v) Butternut Squash with Cheesy Leeks (by pre-order only)
Hot new Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables
Chocolate Brownie with Forest Fruits & Cream
Coffee or tea
Afternoon tea or Coffee with Sandwiches & Homemade Cake

Boarding details are sent by e-mail 4 weeks before a trip or when booking (check your junk folder). Be ready to board the barge 1/2 hour before sailing. Search for car parks near Maldon CM9 5HN, Ipswich IP4 1FH, Brightlingsea CO7 ODY, Harwich CO12 3HH