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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 simplification of rules for overseas travel announced on 17 September that came into effect during October means that our wildlife holiday packages became much easier for double-vaccinated travellers, now that the initial restrictions due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have gone. 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 for each holiday are varied: if in doubt, please get in touch.

These are holidays currently planned for 2022, 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.

UK breaks/holidays

Honeyguide's programme also has an added focus on UK activities. UK 2022, confirmed: North Norfolk is running again in late February 2022 and our Mull holiday, 12 – 19 July 2022, is an addition to the programme.

North Norfolk break, 21 – 25 February 2022, open for booking.

This is a recent addition to the Honeyguide programme.

 

Honeyguide group at Holkham

Honeyguide group at Holkham

Mull holiday, 12 – 19 July 2022,  already fully booked This is also a recent addition to the Honeyguide programme.

Tobermory
Tobermory, on Mull.

Three of the four listed in this website's main navigation are for autumn 2021 (Norfolk break, the Lizard peninsula, Cornwall and Wild Essex); Future plans for these, for example for spring/summer 2022, 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 £139,407, to December 2021. 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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PDF of Honeyguide's brochure for 2020 on our holiday calendar page, plus availability updates.

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

Morocco postponed to 2023.

From 7 January, Covid testing rules revert to the easier pre-Omicron arrangements. More in news.

North Norfolk break, 21 – 25 February 2022, open for booking.

Online talks by Honeyguiders: see news.

Honeyguide features in Valencia; South Africa friendships renewed; Honeyguider is Essex volunteer of the year. All in news.

Good year for Rhodope lilies: more in news.

Lilium rhodopaeum, 2021 (Vladimir Trifonov).
Lilium rhodopaeum, 2021 (Vladimir Trifonov).

Autumn 2021 activities: Wild Essex in October; an extended blog by Chris Gibson. The Lizard and north Norfolk highlights and holiday reports in news.

Report from Norfolk break no 7 (September 2021) and photos on Facebook. Day or morning events in Norfolk - see news and Honeyguide blog. Contact us to go on the circulation list.

Good To Go England


Under the new system for international travel (here, 17 September), new rules come in on 4 October.

WTTC SafeTravels Stamp

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


Honeyguiders' photo albums

Cameradiary 2 is open for Honeyguiders to contribute photos, comment and keep in touch. This takes over from Cameradiary, a year on from its start. These are photo-albums; the name comes from the camaraderie created by sharing photos through 'Honeyguiders in Lockdown', still available to view.


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


Honeyguide blog: regular reports from guided walks; Conservation donations from Honeyguide in 2021.

Updated January 2022


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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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