Showing posts from December, 2021

Upton Marshes, 21 December 2021

The car park was busier than our seven Honeyguiders as a group of ramblers was also assembling. A couple of the ramblers enjoyed a telescope view of a treetop great spotted woodpecker before they set off on their clockwise circuit. Our anti-clockwise route on this Honeyguide guided walk round NWT Upton Marshes started with a scan, revealing a star bird to start the day: a male hen harrier flying low across the grazing marshes. On the other side of Boat Dyke some fieldfares settled on a bush, though only those quick to the telescope saw them well before they flew off. All morning there were high-flying pink-footed geese moving to and fro. There were also greylags out on the marsh, and later a flock flying in. These apart it was strangely quiet for wildfowl: just shelducks and mallards. The absence of wigeons, teals, shovelers and so on was a surprise, perhaps related to the mild autumn. Other birds on the marshes were a heron, little egret and mute swans, and we saw Chinese water de

Conservation donations from Honeyguide in 2021

Honeyguide’s conservation donations in 2021 totalled £2,745. This blog is to give some background and then to note what we were able to achieve this year. Part of the ethos of Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays has always been to contribute to the protection of the wildlife that we enjoy, put into effect by donations to conservation projects and organisations linked to our activities. These donations are usually via the Honeyguide Wildlife Charitable Trust , through which we can claim Gift Aid and increase our charitable activity. The sums raised and donated were at a much higher level when we ran overseas holidays. For example, in 2019, the last full year before the coronavirus pandemic, donations totalled £6,840. For the last two years our activity has been scaled back, though we were still able to donate £2,600 in 2020 and £2,745 in 2021. Rhodope lilies, Bulgaria, 2021 ( Vlado Trifinov). This a list of money donated in 2021. January 2021: £400 for the monitoring of the Rhodope lily