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Coronavirus, various updates: see news.

Welcome to Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays and our 31st season of natural history holidays in very different circumstances to the previous 30 years.

There is no Honeyguide brochure for 2021 on account of the uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic, which makes longer-term planning difficult as rules and advice about travel overseas change on a regular basis.

Therefore, this website becomes the main reference for Honeyguide's holidays. The programme is more limited and changeable than usual, with an added focus on UK short breaks. Breaks planned for November 2020 had to be called off and could run in 2021 if rules allow and there is interest.

North Norfolk

Wild Essex

Holkham Beach Brent geese
Holkham Beach,
North Norfolk; brent geese, icon of Wild Essex.

These two follow up our successful Norfolk breaks in September, which could run again in 2021. Weekly local walks in Norfolk ran in autumn and December 2020 (see news and Honeyguide blog), though are suspended under present rules: 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 (say) five friends could work if we go back to rule-of-six. Please browse our nature notes too.

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The website's menu on the left hand side lists oversea holidays for 2021 and early 2022. Some holidays originally planned to run in the early part of 2021 are now scheduled for 2022; others may follow this pattern. These are also listed on our calendar page. However for now we are not taking bookings for holidays listed here, in case travel is not possible. There is no sense in taking bookings until we know travel is possible. If things become easier and an appetite for travel overseas returns - about which hearing from you helps a great deal - we'll look at additional holidays.

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.

The Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust remains strong, though inevitably there are far fewer donations to conservation projects in 2020 than usual. This works through a conservation contribution with each overseas 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 in 2020 totalled £2,600 (much less than usual for obvious reasons), and our running total since 1991 is £136,662 (to December 2020). Through the Honeyguide Charity, the taxman tops up our contributions.

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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Email - see contact us.

PDF of Honeyguide's brochure for 2020 on our holiday calendar page, plus availability updates.

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

'Best year' for Rhodope lily in 2020; Honeyguide conservation contributions in 2020; EHICs to remain valid, and successor to EHIC planned. See news.

Local breaks ready to go when conditions allow

North Norfolk with Honeyguide's Rob Lucking.

Wild Essex with Honeyguide's Chris Gibson.

Norfolk breaks (the Broads, mainly) with Honeyguide's Chris Durdin.

These follow on from four Norfolk breaks with Honeyguide's Chris Durdin, September 2020. See highlights and photos in news.

Weekly morning walks in Norfolk - see news and Honeyguide blog. Not running during lockdown.

Honeyguiders' photo albums

Cameradiary: a photo-album — the name is a play of words on the camaraderie created by sharing photos through 'Honeyguiders in Lockdown' — open for Honeyguiders to contribute photos, comment and keep in touch.

Honeyguiders in Lockdown: photo-album, closed for new photos, still available to view.

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

Honeyguide blog: Keeled skimmers in September; Norfolk's Wonderful 150; local walks with Honeyguide.

Updated January 2021

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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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