Nature Retreats

October 21-23, 2024


This two night package includes:

  • Two night’s accommodation with breakfast each morning.
  • Dinner on both nights.
  • Expert guiding with Ed.
  • Transport in a luxury minibus
  • Packed lunch each day, or lunch back at the Tudor Farmhouse if it’s particularly cold.

The costs are:

£595 per person based on two sharing a hen or hatchling room.

£125 single occupancy supplement.

Call us on 01594 833046 to book or click below to send an email enquiry.


We’ve teamed up with Ed Drewitt, naturalist, broadcaster and wildlife detective to provide an opportunity to unwind, be outdoors and explore the forest landscape.

Over several days we will be exploring the forest’s natural side, walking around beautiful ponds, looking across stunning views and watching wildlife which may include displaying raptors such as peregrines and goshawk, fallow deer, wild boar and woodland birds.

Discover more about what’s shaped the Forest of Dean – from it’s famous scowles to the use of different trees; much of this is now hidden among the trees. As we’re out and about you’ll hear more about some of these places and the clues that they were once here.  And you never know what stunning view or woodland scenery may be round the corner. What you see will depend on the time of year:

February and March: These months are brilliant for raptors or birds of prey, with the opportunity to look for displaying peregrines, buzzards and perhaps even goshawks. We will also be on the look out for secretive hawfinches, crossbills and waterbirds such as goosanders. Wild boar begin to have their young so there is always the chance of seeing a boar family. 

April: Late April is a time when spring woodland migrant birds begin to arrive and ancient woodland flowers, such as wood anemone, begin to appear and flower. We will be listening to rich birdsong, looking out for pied flycatchers and redstarts and of course watching out for wild boar and deer.

May: Breeding is in full flow with birds singing and feeding young while wild boar and deer are giving birth or tending young families. This is a rich spring time to be in the forest, full of colour, sounds and new life. 

October: We will be looking for autumn flocks of birds as they move through the forest and waterbirds building in numbers on the ponds. Wild boar will be busy foraging for nuts while deer will be grazing the last grasses before their turn to winter foliage such as ivy and holly. The forest’s trees will be beginning to wind down and their leaves changing colour. Birdsong, after a summer lapse, will be starting up again with robins taking the lead.