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Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust

Linked to each Honeyguide wildlife holiday, we help to protect the wildlife we have enjoyed by contributing to a conservation project in the country visited.

This works by £40 of the price of your Honeyguide holiday (that's the amount since 2011, including holidays in 2016) being earmarked for a conservation body, often the bird protection society of the host country, towards its current work.

To date, to early June 2017, we have raised £117,457 for conservation projects, mostly in Europe, including donations totalling £8226 in 2016.

The societies and projects we support are described under each holiday. For example, to read about our link with SEO in Extremadura click here.

About us

The Honeyguide Wildlife Trust Limited was registered as a charity in June 2004, registered charity number 1104606. The object of the charity, in summary, is "To help conserve … the natural environment and wildlife”.

We set up the Charitable Trust to boost our efforts, in particular by claiming tax from HM Revenue & Customs against the contributions from Honeyguiders through 'gift aid'. This can raise an additional 25p in the pound, and we then make the usual donations with the holidays a bit bigger for LPO, SEO, GOB, HOS, ROS and so on. In a typical year, this raises an additional sum for conservation of more than £1,000.

Lesser Kestrels by Roger Tidman

Lesser kestrels (Roger Tidman) - helped through our donations to SEO in Extremadura and LPO in France.

Who's who

Trustees of the charitable trust are Helen Crowder, Malcolm Crowder (secretary) and Chris Durdin (chairman).

Helen also helps to produce our colourful holiday reports.

Look on the inside front cover of our holiday reports to read about this year's donations and running totals given to our partner bodies overseas.

Malcolm and Helen Crowder

How you can help

We welcome donations or legacies through the Honeyguide charity.

Gift Aid increases the value of your donation

Additional donations: if we know you, then a simple cheque is fine (or bank to bank transfer - please email for the Charitable Trust bank details). Or you can complete an additional donations form.

About Gift Aid: Gift Aid increases the value of donations to charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs by allowing them to reclaim basic rate tax on your gift. More information from HMRC here

Booking a holiday: we would be very grateful if everyone booking a holiday who is a UK taxpayer could complete the simple gift aid declaration on the booking form.

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The most recent accountants' report (below) is for the financial year from October 2015 to September 2016. The accounts show £10,413 going towards the conservation projects we support in this financial year.

As always, most of this was raised from £40 per holiday and topped up by Gift Aid, plus additional donations.

We are grateful for the help of the Charitable Trust's accountants in Norwich.

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2015-16

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2014-15

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2013-14

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2012-13

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2011-12

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2010-11

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2009-10

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2008-9

Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust accounts 2007-8


The Honeyguide Wildlife Trust on the Charity Commission's website here.

The Honeyguide Charitable Trust online is www.honeyguide.org.uk which redirects to this page.

The Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust is a charity registered in England.

News

Photos from Valencia here, February 2016, of birds awaiting release after ringing by Grupo de Anillamiento Pit-Roig, to which we gave £550.

During our Algarve & Alentejo holiday in November 2015 we gave €1000 to SPEA / BirdLife Portugal for SPEA’s campaign against the illegal trapping of birds: more information about the campaign here.

Our Italy/Slovenia holiday in September 2015 raised €400 for DOPPS, the BirdLife International partner in Slovenia. This adds to the €350 raised from our holiday in Istria in May.

DOPPS will use the donation to buy scientific literature needed for its conservation work.

Honeyguide conservation donations reach £100,000.
Recent donations - €1000 for HOS in Crete, €350 for DOPPS in Slovenia, €1000 for LPO in the Camargue and £600 for the Latvian Owl Research Society have taken our running total of conservation contributions of £100,974.

Early 2015: two donations in Spain, both for €500 / £420, to SEO/BirdLife in Extremadura (see news) and GOES in Tarifa.

Autumn 2014: there were two donations this autumn.

The first was £660/€785 to La Ligue pour Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) in the French Pyrenees, towards

protecting lammergeiers, a project we've supported for many years.

There's information about how lammergeier numbers have grown, thanks to LPO and its partners, on our French Pyrenees web page.

The second, for £700, on our La Mancha holiday, was to the bird ringing group in Valencia called Grupo de Anillamiento Pit-Roig. Recent highlights in the groups work are in

our La Mancha holiday report.

December 2013: Honeyguide support for the protection of the scarce Lilium rhodopeaum in Bulgaria is featured in a specialist journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. The article is in Lilies and Related Plants 2013-14 (pp44-47): here is a scanned extract, on Honeyguide's website by kind permission of the RHS Lily Group.

October 2013: a donation of £580 / €650 to GOB Menorca brought our running total for conservation donations to £90,000. Peter & Melanie in the Spanish Pyrenees have another way of putting it: more than 100,000 euros.

December 2011 – Wildlife Outreach Network. The late Roger Jordan and his friends from the Wildlife Outreach Network in Essex added additional support to our projects for several years. They had contributed £4,700 through the Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust by 2010.

Jill Jordan (read an anecdote involving Jill, Chris Durdin and Humphrey Lyttelton here) kindly arranged that the remaining money they raised also comes to us, with the result that £1,643 arrived during December 2011, concluding their donations at the grand total of £6,343.

The trustees' plan is to use this linked to our own projects much as before, in Roger's words "... to give a little help and encouragement to conservationists, especially young people, working on small projects in their own localities overseas." Some recently went to Bulgaria: more here.

June 2011 – LPO. Our biggest single donation ever: £2390 / €2630 to La Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux in France. This is the sum raised and combined from four holidays in France this year, namely the Dordogne, Camargue, Cévennes and French Pyrenees.

February 2011 – Freira Conservation Project in Madeira. Following the fire on the Zino's petrel breeding area in the summer of 2010, we accepted donations through the Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust. Topped-up with Gift Aid, we raised £288 for Dr Frank Zino and his team, working at the sharp end for Zino's petrel conservation in Madeira. More here.

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