What you’ll see and do on your holiday:
Before you depart for your Welsh Wildlife Break
As soon as you book with us, we’ll provide you with an outline itinerary of your holiday, and suggestions as to what you might like to bring with you, such as binoculars, sunscreen, waterproofs etc. The Welsh Wildlife Breaks website has details and photographs of the wildlife you may see (past Itineraries, Trip Reports, and individual Sightings Reports), but of course you can contact us at any time if you have any questions. Closer to your departure time, we will confirm the itinerary, and arrangements for meeting you if you are travelling by train or ferry – we can also advise on train or ferry times depending on where you are travelling from. All our breaks include some walking over relatively easy ground, but individual trips can be tailored to suit the needs of each group. So if you have any specific preferences regarding walking, or any other aspect of the holiday, such as photography, please do let us know before you set off. Please remember also to let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
When you arrive
We meet you at the local rail station (or ferry terminal by arrangement), or at a prearranged location if you are travelling by car. Transport is in a comfortable vehicle, so you can travel in style and with ease. We carry car charging facilities in case your camera battery or other equipment loses charge during the day, as well many spare essentials in case you forget anything. We will also have local maps and bird guides for use while we’re out and about.
During your holiday
On your first evening, we’ll run through the schedule for the holiday, and the wildlife to look out for. Each morning we’ll go through the itinerary for the day and what we might see, and in the evening, we’ll try to recap on the highlights of the day, and share what we all saw. Your guide will be with you all the time you’re out during the day and will do their utmost to make sure everyone sees and experiences as much as possible. They will generally carry a spotting scope to give you all a chance to get a good view of the wildlife. We’ll keep a list of the all the species sightings during the break.. We’ll be as flexible as we can in our itinerary to take account of your preferences, the weather, any special wildlife reports etc. Should your boots or clothing get wet, the hotels provide assistance in drying clothing, so you don’t need to take wet clothes into your room.
After you holiday
After each break, we complete the sightings list, compile a trip report on the website, and ensure any new photographs from the trip go into the photo Gallery. We’ll email you a copy of the sightings list, and links to the Trip Report and photo Gallery on the website as soon as they’re available , so you’ll have a good record of your holiday.
What is included
Our holiday breaks are inclusive of all meals from lunch on arrival to lunch on departure, transport including to and from the local rail station for the recommended trains, and the cost of any special scheduled events, such as concert tickets, or boat trips. Not included are drinks, any laundry costs or other hotel extras, or any additional transport costs incurred should you not be able to travel on the recommended trains.
What to bring
Good waterproof walking boots or shoes, waterproof jackets and trousers and a hat (fleece or sun, depending on the season!), sun screen and sun glasses. In winter and spring especially, gloves and warm fleeces. Light clothing layers are always better than heavy clothing, and give you flexibility. Do bring walking poles if you use them, your camera with spare batteries and memory cards, and binoculars if you have them.
We ask guests to provide 20% deposit on booking, which is normally non-refundable, with the balance of payment to be made 6 weeks prior to departure. If you need to cancel for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible to minimise any potential cancellation charges. We recommend that you have travel insurance in place that will cover emergency cancellation or other costs.