Tuesday 9th May & Wednesday 10th May 2017
Wednesday 7th June & Thursday 8th June 2017
Set in 500 acres of tranquil parkland, Lucknam Park is the perfect location to enjoy a completely immersive experience surrounded by stunning Cotswold countryside. During the two night retreat, wildlife expert Fergus Beeley will guide you in becoming closer to nature with workshops, demonstrations and wildlife walks. During your stay, you will enjoy luxurious accommodation, fabulous food and use of our award-winning spa facilities.
The retreat includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation
- Breakfast each day of your stay
- One 2 course lunch in The Brasserie
- Two 3 course dinners in The Brasserie
- Use of our award-winning spa facilities
- All of the walks and workshop as below
£705.00 per room, Single occupancy
£1200.00 per room, Double/Twin occupancy
Check-in for dinner with Fergus in the Brasserie.
9.00am – 10.00am Introduction.
Introducing Fergus and his extraordinary background of making award winning wildlife films. Various clips of film will be shown to highlight how a better connection with nature involves tuning all the senses into the present. Moving quietly is necessary, with the stealth of a ghost – or even better – stopping and melting into the leaves at the base of a tree to sit, wait and watch the world of nature come alive.
10.00am – 1.00pm Walk. A morning of mindfulness with nature. Fergus will guide the group along the banks of the river Bybrook. Regular stops will be made along the path to view the abundance of wild flowers which are so beautiful at this time of year and rich in native flora, butterflies and insects.
Arriving in the picturesque village of Castle Combe you will be able to gain access to the freshwater creatures who have made the Bybrook their habitat over hundreds of years.
Returning to Lucknam Park via some of Wiltshire’s beautiful countryside, greater emphasis will be made on stopping, watching and listening. The secret of great nature watching is not to rush, but to attend all senses to the surroundings. In this way so much more will be seen.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Lunch in the Brasserie.
2.30pm – 3.30pm Indoor Workshop. Light and space in the natural world hosted by Fergus Beeley.
3.30pm – 6.00pm Walk. Binoculars will be issued. This walk moves from the riverside habitat to the wooded undergrowth surrounding the Lucknam Park estate. Fergus will lead the group around the woodland path that weaves through the picturesque valley.
Roe Deer and Muntjac Deer are frequently seen scampering secretly between the spring time trees.
7.00pm – 9.00pm Dinner in the Brasserie.
9.00pm – 10.00pm Film screening. The screening of a 50 minute wildlife documentary produced and presented by Fergus Beeley for BBC Natural World. After the film, Fergus will offer a revealing insight in to how the film was made.
10.00pm – 11.00pm Night Walk.
The after dinner ‘Bat Experience’ will commence. Equipped with torches and guided by Fergus, a slow walk along the drive with a ‘bat detector’ will reveal the clicks and squeaks of the numerous species of bats at Lucknam Park. The incredible haunting calls of night time birds will make this a night to remember.
6.00am An early start this morning to catch the full orchestra of the dawn chorus, the surroundings amplify the magnificent sounds into a theatrical masterpiece leaving the listener entranced. Fergus will guide the audience through the range of birds that are vocalising.
10.30am Join Fergus for a farewell coffee.
About Fergus Beeley
Fergus was keen on nature from a very early age and spent his gap year working with the Pitjantjatjarra tribe in Central Australia before going on to study Anthropology at the University of Durham. It was Fergus’s clear passion for nature and good knowledge of wildlife that gained him a successful interview with BBC’s Natural History Unit in 1989. Since then, he has travelled to remote wilderness areas on every major continent, including across Asia when it was the former Soviet Union. Fergus worked with Sir David Attenborough on many films including the landmark series, Life of Birds. He was Executive Producer and Presenter of many award winning films for BBC Natural World, PBS and National Geographic Explorer. He was series producer of the award winning series ‘Planet Earth – the future’ for BBC, Discovery and NHK.