White Cliffs Wildlife Tours
The White Cliffs Of Dover are as rich in wildlife as they are in raw natural beauty and now there is the unique opportunity to explore them with one of the UK most respected wildlife TV personalities. Richard Taylor-Jones has been making British wildlife television for over 20 years and is well known for work presenting Countryfile, Springwatch, The One Show and Coast.
Richard grew up walking the White Cliffs and watching its wildlife and now it’s your chance to join him on a day tracking down peregrine falcons, ravens, orchids and seals as he takes you to some of his favourite locations for finding these superstars of the wildlife world.
The walk along the White Cliffs is one of the most breath taking and exhilarating walks in the UK. The views over the English Channel alone are worth the trip as you watch the huge super ferries cross the busiest shipping lane in the world and, of course, there are the magnificent views across to France, are a sight to remember. There is human history all around you too, from the ancient fortification of Dover Castle to the world war two nuclear bunkers buried into the cliffs. These things are the back drop to your day combing the cliff tops tracking wildlife with Richard and you can be sure that there will always be something to see and enjoy.
There will also be the chance to talk to Richard about his time working in television too. From filming dolphins with Steve Backshall to butterflies with Kate Humble, Richard has filmed pretty much everyone and everything in the wildlife world and his happy to share his stories.
Spaces on the trips are limited to 10 places. You can also book an exclusive trip to your self. There is the opportunity to share a luxury picnic and there are also a limited number of dates where, as part of your trip, you can join Richard on a power boat ride up the English Channel to a secret common seal colony which he has filmed for Countryfile and Autumnwatch.
Rock Pooling & Fossil Hunting
Take a stroll to the beach at St. Margaret’s Bay, in the cooler months dip your toes in the icy surf, explore the coastline with its rock pools, caves and fossils. Find crabs, winkles, mussels, anemones, and starfish in amongst the seaweed, rockpooling will keep kids amused for hours.
Get up early and take your tackle to the beach at St. Margaret’s Bay for a bit of big game fishing White Cliffs Style. Catch of the day could be sea bass, mackerel, dogfish or sole. Glean some local knowlegde from the charcters on the beach or hitch a ride in one of the day boats that go out from there or further along the coast on Deal beach.
Bird & Wildlife Watching
Bring your binoculars with you (or borrow some from the hotel) and see if you can spy some of the wildlife. Down at the beach the keen-eyed may see Seals, Guillemots, Great Crested Grebes, Little Egrets, even the occasional Dolphin or Basking Shark…
Wild Flowers & Foraging
On a walk through the countryside surrounding The White Cliffs Hotel you can find an amazing array of wild flowers. Remember, don’t pick them please, there are some very rare orchids growing wild in these parts. If you fancy yourself as a budding ‘survivalist’ then we can arrange a foraging course from the White Cliffs Hotel to find local delicacies such as Sea Kale, Fungi and edible Seaweeds.
We strongly advise that you take an expert with you on foraging ‘missions’ in order to know what to forage for and where you’re allowed to do it.
Visit our nearby friend Lucia’s website ‘The Wild Kitchen‘ for foraging courses and more…