Winter visitors making the most of the southwest climate.

When the holiday makers have gone home and the yachts have come ashore, the deserted river is taken over by thousands of wading birds, wintering along the Tamar and Lynher, after their breeding season in the arctic. As many as ten times more birds can be seen on the river during the winter.

It's not easy to get close to the mudflats upstream, other than by boat. You can charter Tessa to take you out to find the Avocets and other species as they probe the shallows for food.

You'll need to pile on the thermals and bring your flask, but the reward could be great for those who enjoy seeing these elusive birds.

Trips depend upon the tide and weather, so you should phone TamarSail a few days ahead, when the weather forecasts are giving some indication of what we can expect.

Organise a group of up to six friends and charter the boat with its skipper for as long as you wish.

2 hours £120
3 hours £138
4 hours with break ashore £180