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Holiday reports

We hope these reports of previous Honeyguide wildlife holidays give a good feel of the style of our holidays and the wildlife to be enjoyed on them.

Included here are reports from some destinations not in the current Honeyguide programme. These may return to the programme in a future year, or could be arranged for RSPB local groups, natural history societies or other groups. Please contact the Honeyguide office for more information.

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2017
Crete April
Danube Delta & Carpathians (Romania) June
Estonia June
Extremadura March
Fuerteventura March
Hungary May
La Mancha May
Poland May
South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains & Zululand Jan/Feb
Tarifa & Morocco Feb/March

2016
Bulgaria June
Crete April/May
Dordogne May
Estonia June
Extremadura September/October
Hungary May
Menorca October
Morocco March
Northeast Portugal partly Salisbury & District Natural History Society, May
Peloponnese April
Poland May
Spanish Pyrenees June
Valencia February-March
Wallcreeper break Istria, March

2015
Algarve & Alentejo October/November
Bulgaria The Western Rhodope mountains, June
Camargue May
Crete partly Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
Extremadura February
French Pyrenees June
Fuerteventura March
Istria May
Italy/Slovenia 'From the Alps to the Adriatic', September
Latvia May
Namibia November
South Africa's Southwest Cape October
Tarifa & Gibraltar March

2014
Bulgaria The Western Rhodope mountains, June
Central Portugal partly Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April-May
Cévennes May-June
Crete April
Danube Delta (Romania) June
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees September
La Mancha October
Latvia May
Spanish Pyrenees April-May
Tarifa & Gibraltar March

2013
Algarve & Alentejo November
Camargue May
Crete
April
Danube Delta (Romania) June
Dordogne
May
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees June
Hungary June
Istria May
Languedoc partly Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April-May
Menorca October
Namibia (plus Namibian safari) September
Peloponnese April
South Africa's Garden Route November
Spanish Pyrenees April
Tarifa & Gibraltar February

2012
Bulgaria The Western Rhodope mountains, June
Central Portugal
April
Crete April
Danube Delta and the Carpathians (Romania) June
Dordogne May
Extremadura February
French Pyrenees September
Fuerteventura March
Kruger National Park, South Africa October
Madeira November
Peloponnese, Greece and Peloponnese plant record April-May
Picos de Europa June
Tarifa & Gibraltar September

2011
Bulgaria June
Camargue May
Cévennes mostly Salisbury & District Natural History Society, June
Crete April
Danube Delta and the Carpathians June
Dordogne May
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees June
Istria May
Madeira November
Menorca April
Poland May
South Africa's South Western Cape October
Spanish Pyrenees private group holiday, April/May
Tarifa & Gibraltar September

2010
Bulgaria June
Central Portugal
April
Cévennes June, and additional photos here.
Danube Delta and the Carpathians (Romania) U3A Cambridge Bird Club, June
Dordogne
May
Eastern Greece Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April/May
Extremadura March
Kruger National Park, South Africa October/November
Lesvos September
Madeira February
Menorca May
Poland May

2009
Algarve March/April
Bulgaria September
Cévennes June (two reports in one)
Crete U3A Cambridge Bird Club, April
Danube Delta and the Carpathians (Romania) May/June
Dordogne May
Eastern Greece May
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees partly Salisbury & District Natural History Society, June
Lesvos April
Madeira February
Menorca April
South Africa's Garden Route October/November

2008
Crete April
Danube Delta and the Carpathians (Romania) May/June
Dordogne Salisbury & District Natural History Society, May
Eastern Greece U3A Cambridge Bird Club, April/May
Extremadura March
Istria May
Madeira February
Madeira March
Menorca April
Northern Cyprus April
South Africa's Western Cape October/November
Spanish Pyrenees May

2007
Algarve Salisbury & District Natural History Society
Camargue May
Crete April
Dordogne May
Eastern Greece May
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees June
Italy / Slovenia June (wildlife checklists)
Lesvos September
Menorca U3A Cambridge Bird Club, April
South Africa's Western Cape October/November

2006
Algarve March
Crete April
Danube Delta (Romania) June
Dordogne May
Eastern Greece
Extremadura March
Hungary – June Salisbury & District Natural History Society
Hungary – September
Italy / Slovenia June
Lesvos April
Menorca April
Spanish Pyrenees May

2005
Algarve
March
Crete April
Danube Delta (Romania) June
Dordogne U3A Cambridge Bird Club (mostly), May
Extremadura (1) March
Extremadura (2) Colchester Natural History Society, May
French Pyrenees June
Hungary September
Lesvos April
Menorca April
Italy / Slovenia Salisbury & District Natural History Society, June
South Africa's Western Cape September/October

2004
Crete April
Danube Delta (Romania) June
Dordogne (1) Cambridge RSPB Local Group, May
Dordogne (2) May
Eastern Greece May
Extremadura March
French Pyrenees June
Lesvos (1) April
Lesvos (2) Salisbury & District Natural History Society, April
Menorca April
Spanish Pyrenees May

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

Earlier holiday reports: click on the link for an additional web page. Holiday reports 1991-2002

Report archive

This web page has holiday reports since 2003. Older reports are here: Holiday reports 1991-2002

Lammergeier by Chris Knights

Lammergeier (Chris Knights)
The best place to see these magnificent birds of prey is the Spanish Pyrenees or the French Pyrenees.

Other reports, including recce visits to holiday destinations

2016
Italian Dolomites, June 2016 recce
Chris Durdin

2015
Estonia June 2015 recce
Chris Durdin & Ivan Nethercoat

Kruger, March 2015
A private tour for two Honeyguiders with Geoff Crane.

Menorca 'fam' trip, October 2015
Chris Gibson

Northeast Portugal May-June 2015 recce
Chris Durdin & Domingos Leitão

2014
Latvia, David Collins, April 2014
A private visit.

2013
La Mancha November 2013 recce
Chris Durdin and Pau Lucio

Latvia May 2013 recce
Chris Durdin & Rob Macklin

Languedoc January 2013 recce
Chris Durdin, Rob Macklin & Derek Moore

2012
Menorca October 2012 recce, by Chris Gibson

Camino de Santiago, Spanish Pyrenees September/October 2012

Kiskunság National Park, Hungary recce, June 2012

2011
Picos de Europa recce October

2010
Peloponnese (Greece) recce, November

2009
Poland recce September

Central Portugal recce February

2008
Portugal nature tourism workshop

Bulgaria recce September

Cévennes recce October

Istria recce March

South Africa's Western Cape October/November, a private tour for two Honeyguiders with Geoff Crane.

2007
Madeira recce Nov

Orchis boryi Orchis boryi

Two colour variants of Orchis boryi on Crete. Photos by Ivan Nethercoat and Chris Durdin.

Crete Bird Reports

There is an archive of Stephanie Coghlan's Crete Bird Reports since 1986 here.

black-winged stlit

Black-winged stilt on Crete.

2010: volcanic ash, strikes and 'missing' holiday reports

Volcanic ash: in 2010 there is no Crete holiday report, for the first time for many years, as this holiday was called off when flights were cancelled due to volcanic ash.

For the same reason, the Menorca holiday was postponed from April to to May. The Central Portugal holiday report for April 2010 includes an account of the group's return overland, via the Dordogne.

There was no French Pyrenees holiday or report, for a holiday scheduled to run in September 2010, as it was cancelled due to air traffic control strikes in France.

There is no Danube Delta report for 2007 as the holiday was block-booked for a group, which then didn't happen.

Italy/Slovenia in 2007 isn't a full report, the only gap in the archive, with wildlife lists and highlights circulated only.


spoonbills

‘Fight for the right’, spoonbills by Daniel Petrescu in the Danube Delta.

To see more of Daniel’s pictures, visit www.daniel.petrescu.ro

blue rock thrush

Blue rock thrush (Steve Fletcher). A bird that can be seen on many Honeyguide holidays in Europe, including Extremadura and Istria.

wallcreeper

Wallcreeper (Svetoslav Spasov) Bulgaria is the place to go to see these. Or read more on our wallcreeper page.


What is a PDF? It stands for Portable Document Format, a document that can be sent, viewed or stored independent of varying computer software and operating systems. So PDFs don't get mangled over the internet like the formats of Word documents and emails sometimes do.

Often you see the logo on the right to indicate a PDF you can click on, but it's not necessary and they would certainly clutter the list of reports to the left.

Dordogne holiday reports 2001-2008 exclude the complete flower list included in the printed version. That was on an excel file and not included on the web version, though is included from 2009. Those lists are available from the Honeyguide office.

Some holiday reports refer to thank-you letters from conservation bodies that were in Honeyguiders' printed reports but not always in these electronic versions.

giant peacock moth

Giant peacock moth, Dordogne

How many reports?

This page has 163 holiday reports covering 165 holidays (two reports are for two holidays back-to-back). Add in the reports on the page for 1991-2002 and there are 243 reports about 252 holidays.

There are also 17 recce reports; four miscellaneous Honeyguide related reports; plus two reports from Honeyguide leaders not with our groups but in one of our destinations.

The first year when all reports are all colour is 2009, plus a few before then. (December 2015.)

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