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l 20 birding hotspots, including Spain, Colombia, The Bahamas,<br />

Costa Rica, USA, Finland and the best of the UK

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7 day flight inclusive (BA) birdwatching holidays in<br />

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Eger is a hugely popular destination and offers many different<br />

attractions. It is also ideally placed on the southern slopes<br />

of the Bukk National Park with its four species of Eagle and<br />

eight species of Woodpecker to see Hungary’s spectacular<br />

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He is mostly known for his work on Hawfinches and<br />

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Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.<br />

Now with added wetlands.<br />

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in<br />

North Norfolk constantly evolves<br />

to provide a rich and varied habitat<br />

for wildlife. The 200-acre reserve<br />

has a rich mosaic of different habitats<br />

ranging from fen to riverbank,<br />

wildflower meadows to woodland.<br />

You might see an Otter family playing<br />

on the riverbank, Red Kites and Hobbies<br />

soaring overhead or tiny invertebrates<br />

scuttling along the ground.<br />

Visiting Sculthorpe Moor<br />

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Entrance is by donation, under 16’s free<br />

Open daily 8am - 4.30pm (last entry 3pm)<br />

Sorry, no pets are allowed on site<br />

Ample free parking<br />

EV charging points<br />

Visitor centre, gift shop<br />

and refreshments<br />

New wetland brings new species<br />

The team at Sculthorpe has created<br />

a wonderful 13-acre area of wetland<br />

along the River Wensum, a rare and<br />

beautiful chalk stream.<br />

Even as the excavations were still<br />

underway, new species moved in,<br />

Little Egrets were early arrivals, a<br />

Great Egret and Heron can often<br />

be spotted with them. Little Ringed<br />

Plovers, Teal, Lapwing, Oystercatchers,<br />

and Curlews have also staked their<br />

claim on this lovely area. A wild Crane<br />

has called in during the summer<br />

months of <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Our volunteer team is hard at work<br />

building a spectacular new wetland<br />

hide. As with the rest of the reserve,<br />

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Next time you’re in Norfolk, venture<br />

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spots for a day at Sculthorpe Moor. A<br />

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Take your birdwatching<br />

off-road!<br />

Visitors enjoy a tour in<br />

Andros’ dense woodlands<br />

Case study 2: Bahama Warbler<br />

By tracking Bahama warblers, local<br />

conservationists and bird<br />

enthusiasts alike can learn more<br />

about their recovery<br />



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For birds and birdwatchers alike, The Bahamas<br />

are unique, and conservation efforts mean<br />

things keep getting better<br />

Pristine white sand beaches,<br />

crystal-clear seas, palm trees<br />

waving in a gentle breeze –<br />

you probably already have your<br />

own idea of The Bahamas as<br />

an island paradise.<br />

What you may not have known before<br />

now is that this archipelago off the<br />

south-eastern corner of North America is a<br />

paradise for birds, and for birdwatchers too.<br />

It boasts an impressively high level of<br />

biodiversity, with the official bird list total<br />

The wild flamingos of Inagua<br />

coming to 380 species, including seven<br />

endemics.<br />

The islands’ position on a major<br />

migration flyway means that surprises are<br />

there to be discovered whenever you visit,<br />

and there are 39 Important Bird Areas<br />

(IBAs), more than 10 per cent of the<br />

total for the whole of the Caribbean.<br />

Like anywhere else, its wildlife has<br />

faced threats and problems, but ongoing<br />

conservation efforts are ensuring the<br />

islands’ preservation as a paradise for<br />


birds and birders.<br />

These efforts are led by organisations<br />

such as the Bahamas National Trust (BNT),<br />

who have set up programmes that aim to<br />

conserve both birds and vital habitats.<br />

But it isn’t merely a case of NGOs<br />

carrying out their own schemes. By<br />

training islanders as bird guides, with the<br />

help of the Audubon Society, in partnership<br />

with the Bahamas National Trust and the<br />

Inter-American Development Bank, many<br />

of the islands’ communities are now being<br />

Case study 1: Abaco Parrot<br />

When Christopher Columbus made landfall<br />

on The Bahamas in 1492, he is said to have<br />

noted that “flocks of parrots darken the<br />

sun”, but numbers declined drastically over<br />

the centuries.<br />

By 1986, it was decided to create<br />

a national park in Abaco, to protect the<br />

remaining 1,500 or so Abaco Parrots,<br />

but alongside that The Bahama Parrot<br />

Conservation Committee launched a<br />

major effort to engage locals with the<br />

made stakeholders in both the conservation<br />

efforts, and their own development.<br />

This means a huge step forward for the<br />

protection and promotion of biodiversity<br />

in The Bahamas, creating a virtuous circle<br />

– local communities value the biodiversity,<br />

and help promote it to visitors, visitors<br />

bring new money into the communities<br />

and conservation projects, and everyone<br />

benefits.<br />

Two case studies illustrate the scale<br />

of the work that has been done.<br />

So, The Bahamas offer a truly unique<br />

experience. With 16 major islands, boasting<br />

habitats that range from the dense Andros<br />

woodlands to the rolling salt flats of Great<br />

Inagua, it’s an unmatched destination for<br />

birdwatching.<br />

A sample itinerary illustrated here<br />

conservation programme – 8,000 Bahama<br />

Parrot Posters were distributed, 27,750<br />

schoolchildren learned about the importance<br />

of the species, and 6,000 people pledged<br />

support for the conservation effort. By 1994,<br />

the national park was a reality.<br />

The number of parrots rose to 8,900 in<br />

2009, and although Hurricane Dorian had an<br />

impact, this species may have survived it better<br />

than most, because uniquely among parrots,<br />

they nest on the ground.<br />

On tour with a local<br />

birding guide<br />

(bit.ly/3hMmHnn) shows how to make the<br />

most of your Bahamas birding experience,<br />

taking in all the key habitats, from dense<br />

coppice to sandy shores.<br />

There are now eight non-stop flights to<br />

Nassau from London Heathrow per week,<br />

The symbol of a resilient<br />

Bahamas, Bahama Parrot<br />

numbers are slowly increasing<br />




The endemic Bahama Warbler was recently<br />

listed as endangered – for nearly two years,<br />

nobody had seen one in Grand Bahama,<br />

one of two islands the species is endemic to.<br />

It had seemingly disappeared in the wake<br />

of the devastating Hurricane Dorian in<br />

2019, and in 2020, the BNT began<br />

banding Bahama Warblers on Abaco to<br />

track their movements and inform<br />

conservation efforts.<br />

The BNT conducted comprehensive<br />

surveys on both Abaco and Grand<br />

Bahama Island, and launched the<br />

Empowering Communities for<br />

Conservation programme to engage<br />

Abaco residents for conservation efforts.<br />

And so, hope remains for the Bahama<br />

Warbler, not least because previous<br />

conservation efforts have succeeded.<br />

Research published earlier this year showed<br />

that there are 10 times as many Bahama<br />

Orioles as previously thought, meaning the<br />

future is brighter for that particular species.<br />

Thanks to the work done with the species,<br />

future conservation efforts can be targeted<br />

more effectively.<br />

with British Airways flying six of them<br />

starting from 2nd November, and Virgin<br />

Atlantic starting two per week from 20th<br />

November.<br />

There’s never been a better time to step<br />

out of the cold and rain and discover the<br />

warm, sunny embrace of The Islands of<br />

The Bahamas. Visit our website or give us<br />

a call to discuss what’s on, what’s new,<br />

and what’s there to look forward to in<br />

paradise. Welcome to your next tropical<br />

getaway. Welcome to The Islands of The<br />

Bahamas.<br />

More info:<br />

l https://www.bahamas.com/plan-yourtrip/ecotourism<br />

l https://bnt.bs/<br />

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