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Welcome to Honeyguide

Coronavirus and various travel updates: see news.

Welcome to Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays. Our 32nd season of natural history holidays is running in more changing circumstances than the first 30 years.

There is no Honeyguide brochure for 2022, as for 2021, again related to the coronavirus pandemic, initially the difficulties of international travel, now changing rules and opportunities. Therefore, this website becomes the main reference for Honeyguide's holidays.

Overseas travel

The removal of the need to get a Covid test or do a Passenger Locator Form on your return to the UK simplifies overseas travel, so our wildlife holiday packages are increasingly easy for fully vaccinated travellers. There are notes about getting the NHS Covid pass, and about insurance and the EHIC/GHIC on our news page.

We are taking bookings for several overseas holidays, listed on this website's main menu (the list on the left). Plans and the current situation for each holiday are varied: if in doubt, please get in touch.

These are holidays currently planned for 2022/23, mostly rolled forward from 2021. They are also listed on our calendar page. We may add more holidays later, if these prove popular, and travel is reasonably straightforward.

Linaria triornithophora Moussier's redstart
Linaria triornithophora - '3 birds' toadflax, Picos de Europa, June 2022; migrating honey buzzard, Falsterbo, September 2022; Moussier's redstart (Igor Maiorano), Morocco, March 2023.

UK breaks/holidays

Honeyguide's programme also has an added focus on UK activities, such as North Norfolk and the Lincolnshire Wash, run in the first half of 2022. Our Mull holiday, 12 – 19 July 2022, is fully booked.

Other UK breaks listed in this website's main navigation are for autumn 2021 (e.g. Norfolk break and the Lizard peninsula, Cornwall).

Future plans for all these are undecided: expressions of interest are very welcome and help us to know what to set up.

We also run local walks in Norfolk (see news and Honeyguide blog). Please contact us if you'd like to go on the circulation list for these.


We are pleased to help with group holidays – a holiday for a group of friends along the lines of our UK breaks above could work well. Or you can book Chris Durdin as a guide in Norfolk. The Honeyguide blog gives ideas of the kind of places we could visit.

If you would like an old Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays brochure, please contact us.

Some holidays run in the past are in our archive section, and many of these could return to the programme in a future year. There's plenty to browse in our nature notes, too.

The Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust remains strong, though inevitably there are far fewer donations to conservation projects in 2020 and 2021 than usual. This works through a conservation contribution with each holiday of £40, which goes through the Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust.

This idea, still surprisingly rarely copied, remains a simple and effective way of helping to protect the wildlife we enjoy. Donations to conservation projects linked to our holidays and other activities in 2021 totalled £2,745. This is much less than annual pre-pandemic donations, for obvious reasons, though still a substantial sum (more here) and our running total for donations since 1991 is £141,657, to June 2022. Through the Honeyguide Charity, the taxman tops up our contributions.

Overseas holidays give the typical flights we use, but where practical we can arrange flights from airports near to where you live, or help with other arrangements. Carbon offsets are part of each holiday’s price. Prefer not to fly? We're happy to make that possible, more on our ATOL page.

Rules about selling travel insurance mean if you want Honeyguide’s insurance you need to go straight to our broker rather than buying a policy directly from Honeyguide. Details are on our booking page and there is also help here on how to book parking and hotels at airports.

I hope you’ll want to find out more by exploring this website further.

Chris Durdin

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Pack peace of mind

Below are links to friends and partners overseas, namely Geoff Crane in South Africa and Pau Lucio in Spain. We have run many holidays with both Geoff and Pau and they also run their own holidays.

Southern Africa with Honeyguide

Your South Africa helps you to put together a wildlife holiday with dates and an itinerary that suits you. Click here for more. Burchell's zebras lilac-breasted roller

Spain with Pau Lucio

Birdwatching Spain | Wildlife tours in Spain

 

(+44) (0)1603 300552

Email and e-newsletters - see contact us.

NEWS

For our news pages click here, or start with headlines and news in brief below.

'Stop Bycatch' in Portugal, see news.

John Durdin painting exhibition, see news.

Tulipa doerfleri
Tulipa doerfleri, Crete.

Crete, April 2022, and Extremadura, March 2022: photos in news.

griffon vulture, Barry Madden
Griffon vulture, Extremadura, Barry Madden.

Autumn holidays, 2022: Falsterbo has a few places available for an early autumn (1 — 6 September) holiday; Menorca 5 – 12 October is full.

2023: Extremadura and Morocco open for bookings, March 2023.

Day or morning events in Norfolk - see news and Honeyguide blog. Contact us to go on the circulation list.


If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, you will not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England or after you arrive. More in news. Passenger Locator Forms no longer needed on your return, either. Entry requirements overseas vary between countries.

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Package holiday refunds and cancellations: advice from the UK Government here.


Honeyguiders' photo albums

Cameradiary 2 - the name comes from the camaraderie created by sharing photos - is open for Honeyguiders to contribute photos, comment and keep in touch. This takes over from Cameradiary and 'Honeyguiders in Lockdown', still available to view.


Thorpe St Andrew Marshes. Wildlife sightings and news from Norfolk Wildlife Trust's nature reserve.


Honeyguide blog: reports from guided walks; hoof fungus gnats; Conservation donations from Honeyguide in 2021.

Updated June 2022


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... where there are many holiday photos to enjoy.

Atol protected

The air holidays shown are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3253. ATOL Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom. Click on the ATOL logo if you want to know more.

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