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Announcing the ‘Desperate & Birdless Club’

June 27, 2020

As time passes since the pandemic started, and a chunk of our lives go with it, it has become obvious that quite a number of you are getting pretty desperate to get out into the world again and go birding. Probably plenty of you feel like I do – like a trapped Tiger patrolling its compound. If only I can find a weak point in the fence, one bound and I will be free!

We fully understand that there are many Birdquesters who need to shelter from the virus, particularly owing to age or health conditions, or both, and we entirely understand your situation and appreciate the need for special caution. You are doing the right thing.

However, there are also Birdquesters, many of whom are much less at risk, who feel more confident about travelling when travel restrictions come down, certainly to countries with low numbers of Covid-19 cases. Indeed, there are lots of countries that have had far lower numbers of cases per million than we have had in Europe and North America. In a lot of countries there is simply no comparison and, statistically speaking, you are a lot less at risk there than at home.

Progress with border opening has been glacial until quite recently, but now things are starting to change. Borders are reopening in Europe, and a number of other countries are already reopening or starting to consider doing so. Tanzania is a recent example of a country that has had little Covid deciding to reopen. August will see the first Birdquest clients go on tour since our last tour departed in March, which is quite a milestone. By September/October it looks as if a significant number of countries will have reopened.

So, it is time to launch our, hopefully temporary, ‘Desperate & Birdless Club’.

If you email the Birdquest office, Mike Watson will enrol you as a member and will:

a. Let you know as soon as we are definitely operating any scheduled tour with space remaining on it.

b. Let you know if we are going to offer a special ‘ad hoc’ tour to a country that has reopened its borders.

If you are resident in the UK, when you sign up you will also need to confirm whether or not you are able to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home. In the event your answer is no, we will only contact you about opportunities to travel to countries where the UK government is not requiring this step.

So, sign up and let’s go birding again when it is possible to do so!

Mark Beaman