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 in the Western Rhodopes, Bulgaria. This continues our long-running support for this project, primarily monitoring by local Honeyguide leader Vlado Trifinov at one particular site. This has been a great success, with numbers of Lilium rhodopaeum  continuing to grow over the last decade. More information about 2021 on our news page and the full story over ten years here.

April 2021: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, £100, from a guided walk at Thorpe Marshes.

June 2021: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, £400, from two Norfolk breaks in the Broads.

June 2021: Essex Wildlife Trust, £300, from our Wild Essex break.

June 2021: RSPB Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, £250, from our North Norfolk break.

July 2021: Hawk & Owl Trust, £120, from a guided walk at Sculthorpe Moor.

Large skipper at Sculthorpe Moor.

September 2021: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, £200 from our Norfolk break in the Broads.

October 2021: Essex Wildlife Trust, £150, from our Wild Essex break.

October 2021: RSPB Titchwell Marsh nature reserve, £400, from our North Norfolk break.

Thank you card from the RSPB at Titchwell Marsh.

October 2021: Cornwall Wildlife Trust, £350, from our holiday in The Lizard peninsula.

November 2021: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, £75 from a guided walk at NWT Foxley Wood.

Lizard Point and Cornish chough (Rob Carr).

Adding this year’s donation of £2,745 to the previous total gives a running total of £139,407 donated since Honeyguide started in 1991.

Chris Durdin 

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