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Walk and talk – Dawn Chorus

April 27 @ 5:00 am - 7:30 am

£10.00 – £17.00

You are invited to an extra special pre-dawn tour of Tortworth Arboretum.

A dawn chorus walk is an invigorating and rewarding way to begin a day. We’ll meet at the Roundhouse at 5am (yes it’s early, but it’s only one day and we promise it will be worth it!) for an introduction to the different performers we can expect to hear in natures greatest orchestra. Together with our expert guide we’ll explore the patterns and depths of early morning birdsong and how to recognise individual species. Once the sun has fully risen we’ll return to the Roundhouse for hot beverages and pastries

Birdsong reaches a stunning crescendo at this time of year, it’s a show not to be missed.

Camp out

Book a truly unique Tortworth experience when you spend the night before the Dawn Chorus star gazing and cooking over the open fire. Pitch your tent amongst new friends then nestle down to sleep in the tranquility of Dell, safe in the knowledge that when you wake you’re right where you need to be to enjoy the show!

Later in the morning our resident bushcraft expert Kelly leads an introduction to Foraging and Feasting from the forest floor. Find out more here. 

Knowledge required: Perfect for beginners!

Group size: maximum 16

Minimum age: This is a family friendly event, however does require an ability to stay quiet and listen. You know your child best, if you think they can be respectful and move quietly, they are welcome at any age.

Planning your visit:

  • Due to the natural pathways the site is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues
  • With this in mind most pathways can be slippery and muddy at times. Please wear appropriate footwear
  • We recommend reading our  helpful ‘planning your visit’ page which offers directions, information about our site and suggestions on what to wear/bring.

Become a Friend of Tortworth
Support our ongoing conservation and community work with an annual pass. Friends of Tortworth can attend unlimited Visitor Days for a year whilst supporting our fundraising efforts. Every year we need to raise £100,000 to plant trees, train volunteers, pay staff, maintain tools and our minibus so that people without car access can attend our wellbeing groups. Attending events or becoming an annual pass holder helps support the ongoing conservation work at Tortworth. That means you’re investing in the wellbeing of others whilst doing something for you! We’ll call that a win win! Find out more here 

Other information:
This event takes place in a stunningly tranquil, but basic, woodland venue. Our handcrafted Roundhouse offers shelter from the elements with rustic furniture around a crackling wood fire, whilst nearby you’ll find a compost loo and rainwater sink. Please bring your own drinking water. As there is no running water or electricity at the arboretum this is a back to basics, almost off grid experience.

Tortworth Forest Centre is a Community Interest Company, working with limited resources. Sometimes we may have to cancel or postpone courses if they are less than 50% subscribed. We try our hardest to keep courses running wherever possible. You can help us by spreading the word to friends, family and colleagues. If an event is cancelled a full refund will be offered.



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April 27
5:00 am - 7:30 am
£10.00 – £17.00
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Tortworth Forest Centre
Tortworth Arboretum, Off Tortworth Road
Wotton Under Edge, South Gloucestershire GL12 8HH United Kingdom
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