Coronavirus Update 27th July 2020
I hope this update finds you well and that you have managed to at least do some birding albeit perhaps only in your local area or just from the comfort of your home for those that have had to self isolate for a long period.
It has been, and still is, disappointing that we are going to be restricted in where we can travel and the goal posts could be moved at short notice as has recently been seen with regard to the 24 hour notice to reinstate restrictions for people returning from Spain. The well being of our clients or friends as many of you are is paramount and we will continue to follow the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice. If travelling it is also important that you check your travel insurance as some insurers will no longer cover for Coronavirus related claims.
For those that are booked with us between now and the end of the year we will review weekly the current situation on those destinations. For the UK as it currently stands we are open for these tours to operate. For the overseas tours we are in regular contact with our guides/ground agents as each country has its own challenges so the local knowledge along with the FCO advice will determine if these can run but may have to make this decision at short notice. I appreciate the continued support of those of you who have decided to postpone/defer your travel plans and transfer your funds already paid to be placed to a tour in 2021.
Our 2021 brochure will be hitting your door steps shortly. I know that it is a time of uncertainty and that none of us knows what is round the corner but I hope that in the coming months some medical breakthrough will have been made that in turn will give us all more confidence in enjoying travel once again. There are some new destinations and old favourites which I hope stir an interest and that I and other guides that you have travelled with previously will meet again to once appreciate the experience of birding in the UK or further afield.
Best wishes to you all – Mark
* Late Availability to Islay, December 30th 2020 until January 4th 2021. Contact us for details.
Holidays with Birdwatching Breaks
Our holidays are friendly and exciting and run by professional guides with a passion for birding and natural history. Our guides have a professional background from bodies like the RSPB or other conservation organisations. On overseas tours we use local ornithologists who are highly experienced in the country they operate and work in. Our groups are based on a ratio of eight clients to one leader. All tours have inspection trips before we offer them to our clients.
We cater for all abilities of birders from beginners to those with more experience and clients who wish to visit more adventurous countries around the globe in their quest of birds. Our tours range from short breaks in Europe to weeks in Scotland and Eastern Europe. Generally speaking, African and Asian tours are up to 15 days and those to South America of 16-28 days duration. To participate in our tours you need to have a reasonable degree of fitness for the tour you select. If you wish to know more about a tour we have bird lists and tour reports or, in the case of inspection trips, a general information package.
On booking your Birdwatching Breaks holiday we send you all the relevant information including flight details, accommodation, maps, what to take with you, health and visa regulations, titles of field guides and where to obtain them.