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Gourmet Birds
Birdwatching Holidays
Forge Cottage,
Bowbeck, Bardwell,
Suffolk IP31 1BA,
Tel. 01359 269657


Gourmet Birds Newsletter January, 2007

It's been a good start to the year for Gourmet Birds, with both the trips to Tobago and Bulgaria filling. Tobago was originally a one-week break, but was extended to two weeks by popular demand. This resulted in it almost over-lapping with Bulgaria, which was brought forward because of fears that the geese might leave the Black Sea early should the weather turn mild. The latest news in early January is that there are 2,500 redbreasts in the area we will be visiting, together with over 20,000 whitefronts and one lesser whitefront. (Finding the latter might be tricky!). Numbers are expected to increase when the weather turns colder later this month.

There is still plenty of room for Cyprus in late March, so if you fancy some good birdwatching and some warm sunshine, this trip remains a tempting proposition. Cheap flights are in short supply, so the best prices are currently with British Airways from Gatwick, departing on 19 March, returning on 27 March, at£67 each way. The outward flight is at the civilised hour of 0925, but the return gets into Gatwick at 0115, which isn't so good. These flights have to be booked by 23 January, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. Note that these dates are slightly earlier than those we originally planned.

In April I'm going back to Bulgaria and the Black Sea with a private group. Inexpensive flights to Varna make this an appealing destination, so this trip might well be repeated as part of the GB programme in 2008.

A number of people have expressed interest in our trip to the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in May. Estonia remains one of our favourite birding destinations in Europe, so we are sure that this will be an interesting and varied trip. A detailed itinerary is available: please let me know if you would like details. (Should this trip fail to attract a viable number of clients I will run an alternative holiday in Estonia for seven days instead. This will be at a modest price as I will not be using local guides and will be making my own arrangements. After several trips to Estonia I'm confident that I can find most of the special birds.)

The Hawk & Owl Trust trip to Spain in June is now nearly full (two places left). Prices of flights with Ryanair to Zaragoza (from Stansted) are currently £56.89 including taxes. This price is unlikely to get cheaper.

Estonia remains in the programme for the autumn visit.

Sufficient interest has been expressed in Kenya in October that it looks certain to run, but if you would like further details please simply register your interest.

The GB Website
Thanks to webmaster Ray Taylor the site has been thoroughly revised and updated, and we aim to keep it up-to-date. It also includes my diaries from previous trips. Look at www.gourmetbirds.co.uk

Sad news
Many GB regulars will remember Pat Derrick CBE, who died at the end of 2006 aged 80. Pat travelled with Gourmet Birds on many occasions, always with her husband Don who survives her. Christine Russell, another GB regular, died of a brain tumour in July 2006. Christine had been diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of breast cancer some years before. She was, however, on good form when she travelled to Almeria with us in February last year, but was diagnosed with the tumour shortly afterwards.