Elmley Tours & Experiences

Virtual Experiences

During this second lockdown you can visit Elmley virtually.  Led by our in-house guide, Abbie, these tours are a live experience of Elmley.  

As Winter deepens the Reserve is full of life - the wetlands are bursting with with wading birds and wildfowl such as lapwing, golden plover and wigeon which take to the skies in huge flocks.  And with them come the birds of prey, one of the most spectacular the short eared owl.

With the changing weather, Elmley's huge skies are incredible, with the colours being particularly magical at dawn and dusk.

Our virtual tours are a chance to step into Elmey's wilderness and unwind to the vast views and the mesmerising sounds of Winter on the Reserve.

Abbie will guide you through some of the most specials experiences of Elmley at this time of year.  The tours are themed by interest, and Abbie's experience and passion will enhance a special wildlife experience.  They are live experiences, so we aren't guaranteeing a spot but we do hope to give you a chance to switch off from daily life in lockdown and keep a connection with nature.

  • Mini tours - on Instagram live - no charge
  • Group Tours - 30 mins plus a Q&A - These are held twice weekly, by Zoom with limited numbers.  On booking you will be emailed a link which is usable on one screen only.  You are very welcome to watch with other members of your household £9 per tour OR £28 for a monthly subscription
  • Private Tours -These 1 hour tours are completely bespoke.  Abbie will offer a private tour dependent on your interests.  As it's virtual you can travel around in the truck with no worries about social distancing, which means you can see more areas of the Reserve and visit areas not normally accessible.  £40 per zoom link for one screen (can be enjoyed by more than one person on the same screen.) Email [email protected] for best days/times and arrange (can be flexible) 

In-person walking tours


Dawn, Dusk and Lunchtime Walking Tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Dates, times and prices and booking here

Each tour is around 2-3 hours

Our in house nature guide, Abbie, will take you on foot to the best spots to see some of Elmley's most special wildlife.  The tours are held in small groups (max. 5) so Abbie will have plenty of time to share her in-depth knowledge and answer your questions.

Each tour is bespoke to the day as Abbie will tailor the exact route according to the best bird activity around at that time, but a guide is below.  The walking is at a gentle pace with several stops but a moderate level of fitness is required along with warm clothing!  Hot drinks and a snack are are included with each adult ticket.

Please pre-book to ensure availability.

Binoculars and telescopes are also available to rent
£5 per day for Binoculars
£15 per day for Telescopes

Covid details: All tours are walking outside and our guide will ensure a 2m distance is kept to at all times.  If you are from the same household please inform your guide.  The loos and hides are open under strict hygiene protocols and operate on a one household a time basis.  Food and drink is takeaway only.  Hand sanitiser is available at various points.