A Walk on the Wild Side

Take advantage of our central location in the Forest of Dean and book out local naturalist Ed Drewitt to inform you about and find with you the wildlife on our doorstep.

The ancient trees of the Forest of Dean surround Speech House, where a mix of relic woodland pasture, veteran trees and managed forest provides the perfect backdrop for experiencing the wildlife that thrives amongst it.

About Ed

Ed is a local guy who has been working across the West of the UK showing people wildlife, teaching birdsong, working with schools outdoors and developing learning resources for the last 20 years. Ed is a tour leader with a leading Wildlife Travel company and often advises the BBC, including Springwatch, on wildlife and he used to be a reporter for The BBC Natural History Radio.

What Ed’s Walks from the Speech House have to offer:

Spring Early Bird Walk – 6am start returning for breakfast around 7.30am:
on Saturday 25th May and Tuesday 28th May 2019

The Forest is home to over 40 types of breeding woodland bird from Wood Warblers to Blackcaps and Mistle Thrushes to Nuthatches. Many sing early in the morning to proclaim their nesting area and protect their mate. This is the perfect time to be out listening to the birds, when they are all singing together. Along with Ed’s pictures of the birds and a special Bird Pen – to help you know which bird he is referring to – this is the ideal way of waking up to the Forest before a full breakfast spread, tea and coffee.

Owl and Bat Evening Walk:
on 25th, 26th and 30th August and 2nd, 4th, 24th and 25th September 2019.

Usually starting early evening into dark, from between 7.00pm and 7.45pm and including some star gazing – subject to weather.

Other dates may be available and bookable on request.