6th December It's been a while since the last update, so with Christmas rapidly approaching, we thought it high time we wrote a few lines. We've held off organising any 2019 tours thus far on two counts. Firstly I've had a dodgy knee most of the summer, which has now thankfully been rectified by physio, and secondly, and more importantly we're looking at concentrating on the filming side of Gone Birding and hoping to upgrade to the latest 4k kit soon, from camera to editing suite, which means after a hefty investment, we'd better make use of it! We're not ruling out any tours next year, but it will be scaled back.
We are hoping to ramp up our filming efforts, which will hopefully mean more GBi products. Follow us on Twitter (above) and Facebook to follow our progress.
18th May We're already looking at 2019 tours- provisional tours include 5 days in the Scottish Highlands in mid April, Extremadura and Sepulveda, Spain in early May and our Ultimate Scotland tour in late May. With a provisional tour to Romania in the spring. Keep checking the website for updates.
20th April Not long now until or Ultimate Scotland tour- finalising details for this 12 day tour of the best places to see amazing birds in Scotland.
8th January We have provisional dates for our Ultimate Scotland tour. They are 27/5/2018-7/6/2018. Click on the link for details, or contact us to reserve a pace. Costings coming soon.
4th January At this moment in time, we're looking at tours to Extremadura, Spain in late April/ early May and our Ultimate Scotland tour in late May/ early June- watch this space for further information on dates.
23rd December Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
12th September Our recent move from Dinnington to Chesterfield has been completed. It involved lots of trips back and forth, but we now have a functioning office and are all settled in. We'll start shortly planning/ advertising our 2018 tour program. We hope to be back with tours throughout the spring and summer.
16th June Our GBi Bempton Cliffs is now stocked by NHBS.
20th March Our Ultimate Scotland tour has been tweaked, it's now 3rd June- 13th June. Currently there are just 4 places remaining. Join us on this our ultimate tour of Scotland. Click on the Tours page for further information or Tour Archive for previous reports and species lists from this amazing tour.
1st March We're running several tours this year and there's spaces available on them all:
For more information, send us an email
21st December We're just in the process of organising our 5 day Scottish Highlands tour for the third week in April and our two centre Extremadura, Spain tour in early May. Keep checking the website for updates.
10th December Would like to wish one and all a very Happy Christmas and very Best Wishes for the New Year!
21st August Had a great time at this years birdfair- met lots of friends and saw some great stuff!
16th August Just a couple of days until the birdfair- looking forward to meeting lots of folk, visiting all the stalls and taking in some superb lectures.
19th March Bit of a gap since out last posting. Lots going on behind the scenes. We've uploaded a sample of our GBi products Click here to see a sample.
11th September We've been listening to folk who use our website and following feedback we've increased the size of the font on every page. We hope it's easier to read.
17th August Not long now until the BirdFair. I'll be at the BirdFair all day Saturday, so do say hello if you see me and Michelle wandering around. Hoping to bump friends old and new!
15th August I've been asked to run a couple of yours next year- namely the short 5 day tour to Scotland click here and the 7 day tour to Extremadura in Spain click here. If you are interested in either tour then do let me know.
4th April Did you see the magnificent RSPB Bempton Cliffs on the BBC's Springwatch Easter programme? Inspired to go and visit, then you need the Gone Birding interactive guide to RSPB Bempton Cliffs. A video site guide telling you where to go, what to see and how to identify what you're looking at- click here
13th March Our Kestrel is back! He's been on his holidays but is now back at the top of our website. He's been hovering up there for many years! We actually deleted a file which we needed, so he disappeared for a wee while, but now he's back- voles be aware!
22nd February Alas no tours for 2015, concentrating on video production- editing & filming this year. Also have a few new ideas I'm hoping to develop. Also have a few ideas in pipeline. Fitting these in whilst working full-time, so slightly slower progress than I'd like.
6th November Apologies for being rather quiet this past few months. I've taken up a new job which means Gone Birding is on the back burner slightly. There has however been work done behind the scenes. I'm currently busy editing/ logging about 10 hours of video! so I'm not slacking! After the success of GBi RSPB Bempton Cliffs, we filmed RSPB Titchwell in the spring. However with the new job, editing and production has fallen behind a little!
13th August Are you going to British Birdwatching Fair this weekend at Rutland Water? I'll be there all day on Saturday, so if you bump into me say "Hi!".
12th June Disc's sent out with images from recent Scotland tour to all tour participants + Online tour report, species list and pictures from our recent Scotland tour- see Tour Reports page
28th April We had a cracking tour to the Scottish Highlands last week, stunning birds, even more stunning scenery, amazing weather and great group of people. Trip report and species list coming soon.
22nd March We are planning our spring and summer. The Scottish Highlands and Norfolk feature. A Tour to the Scottish highlands in mid April and a filming project on the North Norfolk coast in mid May.
20th December Just a reminder that there are spaces on some tours, although some are full. Contact us for details of availability.
20th December Wishing you a Peaceful & Happy Christmas, and a bird filled 2014
11th December GBi RSPB Bempton Cliffs has landed and we've already fulfilled our first orders. You can purchase it directly from us, or via eBay & Amazon. Click here for further details.
9th December Stock of GBi RSPB Bempton Cliffs is due any day so we've launched our sales page. Initially you can purchase via eBay, cheque or bank transfer. Click here for further details.
1st November Provisional dates now added to 2014 tours.
28th October We've put together a series of Day Tours, now with dates- see Day Tours
22nd October An idea we are formulating for 2014 are 1/2 & full day tours. These will cover specific topics such as Raptors, Warbler, Woodlands, Waders and Bird Song. Details soon- see Day Tours page.
24th September A busy few days putting together our mail shot of 2014 tours. If you are on our mailing list, you should receive your copy soon. If we have your email address then it will come through as a series of PDF's. If not, then we've printed some out and posted them. In an attempt to cut our paper usage, we've reached over 80% of our customers by email. 2014 Leaflet Front 2014 Leaflet Rear
16th August We're at the BirdFair Friday & Saturday, not on a stand this year, but wandering around. Say hi if you see me. Ask me about the new range of guides we're starting to produce, as well as tours for 2014.
18th July We are looking at tours for 2014. Provisionally we 'll run: Scotland & Pyrenees/ Ebro Delta in April, Extremadura/ Sepulveda & Ultimate Scotland in May & Finland in June. Plus a few weekend breaks starting with Norfolk in January.
16th July In between logging/ editing, we've been preparing for our charity road trip from here in the UK to Venice in Italy, For further details see Motoscape 2013
8th July We're busy logging & editing again after another successful trip to the east coast!
5th June Busy logging/ editing video at the mo, for upcoming projects. Watch this space.
18th May Advanced notice that SK58 Birders are holding a 'Big Sit' event. The hide at North Anston Pit Top (Dinnington Community Woodland) will be wardened from dawn until dusk on Saturday 18th May recording and showing the local community what birds are around. We hope to record over 50 species. Come along and show your support.
The hide is located here. Access from Church Lane, Dinnington or Cramfit Road. Hopefully there should be lots of birds to see.
11th April On our Filming page we've added some sample footage we shot last weekend.
9th April We've added a feed of our Tweets (look left!).
13th March Currently I'm catching up on the backlog of tour reports from 2012 (I know I'm behind!). Once these are complete I've several hours of video to log, this and lots of survey work are keeping me pretty busy! I've also several filming projects in the pipeline- watch this space. Hoping to get out birding into SK58 too! UPDATE- Extremadura 2012 & Species List uploaded. Go to Tour Report Archive.
5th February Email posted re 2013 tours:
"I can't believe we're here in February already, where is the time going? Normally I announce the years tours in a mail shot somewhere between October and December of the previous year. My lack of appearances at SK58, Sheffield Bird Study Group and RSPB meetings may give you a clue as to how busy I've been. 2013 has been a little quieter so far enabling me to catch up... slightly...
But working away several days a week and catching up when I return has meant I am behind with all sorts of projects, including tours. Given that we are now in February I have reluctantly decided not to run any tours this year as I simply haven't spent time at home to sit and down get things moving. Indeed I'm still catching up with reports from last years tours. I think it was March last year that I spent more than 5 consecutive nights at home! My sincere apologies to those who wanted to go to the Pyrenees in June and Finland in late May. I know how much you were looking forward to these tours. I thought I'd make this difficult decision to prevent everyone from hanging on. I may decide to run the odd weekend, maybe Norfolk or the Cairngorms- but these will be on the website and I'll send mail shots around.
So what will I be doing in 2013- well I expect surveying will be taking up a large part of the working week, although I have a few filming projects I want to complete with a couple of exciting new projects I want to dust the cobwebs off that have been on hold for about 18 months due to a lack of time to implement them. It will also be nice to actually go birding in SK58, which has been seriously neglected in 2011/12. So what will 2014 bring? If I'm honest I dont know! I'm hoping to try and organise some tours especially to Finland, the Pyrenees and the extended Extremadura tour. I'm also toying with long weekends here in winter for the flocks of Cranes and bustards. These, if they come off will be on the website and in mail shots."
17th September Planning is underway for 2013 tours! Pyrenees in June and Finland in late May are on the card so far. Suspect the annual 5 day Scotland and 11 day Ultimate Scotland will also be on the agenda. I'd love to go back to Extremadura and include the Dupont's Lark site.
31st August I've a few days off this next week, so I'll crack on and produce the trip reports from this summers tours to Extremadura and Ultimate Scotland- that's after a few hours birding in the mornings!
20th July Who's going to the BirdFair?. For the first time in 19 years I'll be there as a visitor and not on a stand! I'll be there certainly on the Friday and possibly the Saturday- so if you see me mooching around, come and have a chat. It's always a great event and it will be great to see so many friends and clients- both past, present and hopefully future!
1st July We are already looking at 2013- possible tour destinations include Lesvos, Pyrenees, Finland and Scotland.
29th June I hope to start making progress on the tour reports from this years tours. The species lists have already been posted/ emailed out.
28th June It's been a busy old spring and summer. The tours top Extremadura and the Scottish highlands were pretty darn good, even if I do say so myself. The extra day bolted onto the Extremadura tour proved a great success. In future I'll bolt an extra 2 days on here as there is so much to see and do in the Sepulveda area.
27th June A new Latest News page has been added- here up to minute tour information and updates on future Gone Birding plans will be posted.