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 – March / April / May

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 – late Summer months

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.

Dear Speech House Friends.

It is with great sadness that we have decided to close the hotel until further notice.

We cannot estimate when we are likely to reopen but will do so as soon as the Government indicates that it will be safe to do so.

If you have a reservation for accommodation or a function before May 31st we hope that we will be move your booking to a later date in the year.  We say May 31st but obviously that may be too optimistic.

You will be able to contact us by e mail ( info@thespeechhouse.co.uk ) if you do not receive an answer on the phone 01594 822607. We are planning to man the office during limited hours of the day.

We would like to thank all of you for your custom and support over the years and hope that it will not be too long before we can welcome you to The Speech House Hotel.

Best wishes and good luck in the months ahead.

Peter and Gill Hands
Hotel Proprietor