NATURAL HISTORY TRAVEL, 2021
with Dr. Bob Gibbons
Nature tours with a botanical bias
All of the tours in 2020 had to be cancelled eventually, despite all being full. It was intended to be the last year of tours that I would run (though the programme may be taken over by a friend - more information to follow).
I’m planning to offer a smaller programme of tours this year to compensate those who were booked on last year’s cancelled tours, but of course there are many hurdles to clear before they become reality. I can’t set prices yet, we don’t know whether flights will be running on the dates we want, and of course we don’t know if we’ll be able to travel at all. So this should be viewed more as a summary of intent to keep everyone informed, rather than anything else.
I have given priority to those who were booked on tours in 2020, to give them another chance. This may mean that the tours will be all full, but we don't know at the moment who will definitely confirm their interest, so do get in touch if you are interested in going on the list.
April 23rd – 30th. Sardinia: the mountains and the south. Sardinia is the second largest Mediterranean island, almost 3 times the size of neighbouring Corsica. It’s enormously varied scenically and geologically, with a rich flora and fauna to match. Our week-long trip takes in the warm southern lowlands and hills, followed by a few days in the central mountains. We’ll see endemic orchids, wild peonies and many other flowers, together with migrant and resident birds, and some of the endemic reptiles and amphibians. £ TBC.
May 6th – 14th. Mainland Greece: Mount Olympus, the Pindos Mountains and the Vikos Gorge. An exciting 9-day tour set amidst the wild and spectacular mountains of north Greece. During the tour, we will visit some of the finest mountains and gorges in mainland Greece, with superb flowers, birds and butterflies in stunning scenery. £ TBC.
May 24th – June 1st. France: The Cévennes and Vercors. The Cévennes is one of the most attractive and spectacular areas of France. From our base at the point where two gorges meet, we can explore the rich and varied flora and fauna of the wonderful limestone plateaux and valleys. Then we transfer to the extraordinary Vercors mountains, spectacularly flowery, yet rarely visited. The total range of species to be seen on this 9-day trip is huge. £ TBC.
Oct. 5th – 12th. Transylvania: a natural history and general tour. Transylvania in autumn is wonderful, with rich autumn colours, late summer flowers and butterflies, and a host of traditional rural activities. This special tour gives us a chance to see lovely landscapes, autumn colours, people at work, crocuses, bears, ancient buildings, misty mornings and much more. £TBC.