March 1st 2021
It has been, and still is, disappointing that we are going to be restricted in where we can travel for some time to come. 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 many insurers will no longer cover for coronavirus-related claims.
I appreciate the continued support of those of you who have decided to postpone or defer your travel plans and transfer funds already paid to be placed to a tour in 2021. It is likely that the UK will open up first and I would be happy to arrange private tours of 2-4 people outwith dates that are already quoted in our 2021 brochure. This would of course be in adherence to Government guidelines.
Given the current position of the UK and Scottish Government advice it is highly unlikely that we will be operating any overseas tours until at least July of this year. In Scotland we are still at level 4 for the whole of the mainland with a review on 26th April, therefore our Scottish programme is likely to be subject to change.
With vaccines now being administered widely in the UK, and other parts of the world having programmes in place, I hope that inroads are made and that enjoying travel once again and meeting up with old friends and making new ones will come to fruition later in the year.
If you are interested in a tour in 2021 we are accepting bookings and for now will not request a deposit. If the tour starts to fill and the destination looks likely to be within the allowed travel corridor we will contact you to request commitment either way at that stage.
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.