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Older holiday reports

This page has holiday reports from the year 2003 and before, and completes our holiday report archive back to when Honeyguide started in 1991.

For the most part the old reports are not updated, so may use species names that have been changed since. In some cases, we may make better identifications now, especially of tricky plants and invertebrates.

If you have come across this page by accident, it'll be best to move quickly onto our more recent reports here, especially the most recent ones that are in colour.

The reports are in PDF format which requires a plug-in to enable you to download and print the reports. You can download the plug-in from here.

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2003 
Camargue (1) May
Camargue (2) Colchester Natural History Society, May/June
Crete April
Danube Delta (Romania) June (two groups in a combined report, many from Cambridge RSPB local group)
Dordogne May
Extremadura (1) March
Extremadura (2) Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
French Pyrenees June
Lesvos April
Menorca April
Romania, Ancient Tree Forum study tour October-November
Slovakia May
Spanish Pyrenees May

2002
Camargue May
Crete (1) April
Crete (2)
April
Danube Delta June
Dordogne May
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees 2002 Salisbury & District Natural History Society, June
Menorca April
Slovakia Richmond & Twickenham RSPB Members’ Group (mostly), May
Spanish Pyrenees Cambridge RSPB Local Group, April

2001
Camargue May
Crete April
Danube Delta June *
Dordogne May
Extremadura March
Menorca Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
Slovakia May-June
Spanish Pyrenees May

2000
Camargue April-May
Crete April
Danube Delta June
Eastern Greece May
Extremadura March
Flowers & birds in the Lot and Lot flower list 2000 May
Menorca plus Menorca plants 2000 April
Slovakia May-June
Spanish Pyrenees Woodbridge RSPB Local Group, April-May

1999
Camargue Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
Crete April
Danube Delta
June
Eastern Greece May
Extremadura week 1 March
Extremadura week 2 March
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May
Menorca and Menorca wildlife lists 1999 April
Spanish Pyrenees April-May

1998
Crete April
Extremadura March
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May
Italy / Slovenia June
Menorca April
Spanish Pyrenees April-May *

1997
Crete Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May
Italy / Slovenia
June & other bits (inc bird list and DOPPS photos) *
Menorca week 1, April
Menorca
week 2 and Menorca wildlife lists April
Spanish Pyrenees and Spanish Pyrenees birds 1997 * May

1996
Crete April
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May *
Fuerteventura March *
Italy / Slovenia May/June *
Menorca April and Menorca Plants 1996 *
Spanish Pyrenees April
Spanish Pyrenees April-May
Spanish Pyrenees, autumn September/October *

1995
Crete April
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May-June *
Note: The Lot report is a 12 MB PDF
Italy / Slovenia May-June *
Mallorca and Mallorca wildlife lists * April
Mallorca September-October
Menorca May
Spanish Pyrenees Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
Spanish Pyrenees April-May *

1994
Cyprus April (8MB scan and rather faint) *
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May-June *
Italy / Slovenia May-June
Menorca May
Mallorca October
Spanish Pyrenees April-May

1993
Flowers & birds in the Lot (two weeks combined in one report) May-June *
Italy / Slovenia May-June *
Mallorca April
Spanish Pyrenees April-May

1992
Italy / Slovenia June *
Flowers and birds in the Lot, France May *
Mallorca April
Spanish Pyrenees April-May *

1991
Birds and flowers in the Lot, France May-June *
Spanish Pyrenees April-May *

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lizard orchid

Lizard orchid, Dordogne, May 2011

 

Other reports

Including recce visits to holiday destinations

2001
Private group holiday based at Finca Santa Marta, Extremadura in January 2001 - Honeyguide's Chris Durdin was there (Link to external website)

1998
Eastern Greece recce report

bull statue

Bull statue, Domain de Méjanes, Camargue (John Rumpus).

 

Honeyguide reports,
the early years

In the early 1990s, word processors were basic and pictures were quite literally stuck into holiday reports before they were copied. So the standards of the reports here are of their time, but the wildlife was equally good!

* Scans: marked with an asterix are reports that are low res (usually 150dpi) scans: any higher and the PDF would be huge. Some early reports were typed and printed on an old Amstrad (remember them?).

The lack of an identifier on 1991-92 report front covers, to say that it's a Honeyguide holiday report, is because they were printed onto headed paper.

Some reports were scanned with Optical Character Recognition (OCR). That needs tidying, sometimes a lot, and some mis-read characters may have been missed. Page breaks may be a little different to the original report.

There are 80 holiday reports on this page, covering 87 holidays (seven reports on the Lot are for two holiday weeks back to back) plus one recce report.

Italy/Slovenia holidays were first called 'The Mountains and Marshes of NE Italy' and, from 1995, renamed 'From the Alps to the Adriatic'.

Joint holidays: 'Easter in Mallorca' and 'From the Alps to the Adriatic' in 1995 and Cyprus in 1994 were run jointly with Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts.

 

Fuerteventura 1997: this was one of just five destinations in the brochure that year (Crete was an additional group booking). There were just two bookings, from Honeyguiders Frank and Joyce Dunn. It wasn't enough for a group but they went anyway. We booked flights and the hotel and gave advice; they reported that it was a successful trip. But without a leader or report it doesn't quite count for this page.

Sardinian warbler

Sardinian warbler reacting to its reflection in a wing mirror, Fuerteventura March 1996.

 

Pre-Honeyguide reports

RSPB Spanish Pyrenees 1985

RSPB Spanish Pyrenees 1989

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