June 18th 2021
It is still disappointing that we are going to be restricted in where we can travel for some time to come, but there is some light appearing at the end of the tunnel. 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. Whilst there is a “traffic light” system in place it does enable us to travel both to Green and Amber countries. The latter requires you to undertake testing prior to departure, prior to leaving the country you are visiting and upon return along with self-isolation once back to the UK. If you are travelling from outside the UK to join us, you will need to check with your own Government’s advice and bear in mind you may have to isolate when you reach the UK before starting a tour.
If travelling it is also important that you check your travel insurance as many insurers will no longer cover for coronavirus-related claims. Whilst we can travel to Amber listed countries it is, at present, against Government advice and therefore the likelihood of your travel company covering you is minimal you must contact them and see what their stance is on this. My company that I have an annual policy with has said I will not be covered at all to Amber countries but if I pay an additional £20 then I would be covered!
We have recommenced our Scottish tours and I would be happy to arrange private tours of 2-4 people out-with dates that are already quoted in our 2021 brochure. This would of course be in adherence to Government guidelines.
With vaccines now being administered widely in the UK, and other parts of the world having programmes in place, enjoying travel once again and meeting up with old friends and making new ones will, I am sure, come to fruition soon.
Please refer to our website for availability for 2021 and also for the first half of 2022. We have a number of UK tours to the end of the year, not just in Scotland. We also have a number of overseas tours that subject to Government advice may be able to run.
If you require any further information, please either call or email me.
Best wishes to you all – Mark
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.