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Seabird Get Together - Northumberland, UK - Spring 2014

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:25 PM

I tried using the booking form on their website but haven't heard back so I'll phone tomorrow.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:28 PM

There better be a great trip report following this trip. I expect some top notch birding photos too :)


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:29 PM

@Game Warden I hope someone is taking a good camera and lens then  :D


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:32 PM

I thought we'd just sit in the pub, cameras? What cameras?? lol


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:24 PM

Now booked in at the Olde Ship Inn.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:53 PM

Great stuff John, you're very organised.  I phoned just before 3pm and missed the receptionist by a few minutes... I'll try again tomorrow morning.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:41 AM

Thats me booked up too from the Fri for 3 nights.

 

All we need now is some good weather.  I was almost flooded out last night on the Quayside in Newcastle, but thankfully, although I'm only a few hundred metres from the worst affected area it is slightly higher ground, phew!

 

As soon as others confirm I'll move on to booking the places on the boat trip, but there's no real pressure at the moment.  Although I've never failed to get out travelling by myself, it may be different in a larger group!  Best to aim for the end of January to finalise details so we get what we want.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:46 AM

Excellent, @Safari Cal.

 

I'd be in favour of hiring our own boat(s) if it is really that crowded on the others. 


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:12 PM

I'll make enquiries John and come back with a price based on 15 of us - I can always offer spaces out to other birders/photographers from the area if needs be,


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:34 PM

Accommodation confirmed at the Olde Ship Inn. In 23 May, Out 26 May.

 

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 04:26 PM

@Safari Cal let me know whether you are planning the 6-hour boat trip for the Saturday or Sunday? I'll have to try and negotiate leaving the kids with the wife. It's not going to be easy  :unsure:.



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 08:59 PM

Just got back from a Stag weekend in Amsterdam, so I haven't made much progress on this over the last few days.  However, I spoke to Billy Shiel's widow before I left and she said it would be quite expensive to hire our own boat given the bank holiday timing; as it's one of their busiest periods.  

 

I haven't had a chance to talk to young William yet though, Billy's son, who runs the business now.  I'll hopefully catch him tomorrow and let everyone know.

 

@africapurohit There is an option for you to come out on the early trip with everyone else and if your wife and children want to travel out on an afternoon boat we could then meet up with them on Inner Farne so they don't have to spend too long out there but get the chance to see the Seabird extravaganza?  Then we can all travel back together.  It'll be nice just to meet up for a drink, so please don't feel under any pressure to abandon your family or alter your existing plans, dip in when it suits you.

 

I think we should plan for the Saturday, but I'm flexible on which day we go out, what does everyone want to do? Also let me know how many spots you want me to book on the boat for each of you.

 

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@Safari Cal x 1

@JohnR x 2

@africapurohit x 1?

@Soukous x 2 

 

Can't wait for it to come round  :D

 

Plenty of time left for anyone else that wants to join in  :D


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:38 PM

@Safari Cal both of us would be going out on the boat.


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:00 PM

Thanks @Safari Cal - I am planning some short boat trips for the boys but considering we're there for 7 days, let me see if I can sneak out for one day  :D.


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:33 PM

@africapurohit I think thats fair  :D


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:24 AM

@africapurohit  If you need any ideas for other things to do in the area this link takes you to an online visitor guide.

 

http://www.northumbe...-Guide-2013.pdf


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:28 PM

Hey everyone,

 

I received this email from William about hiring our own boat:

 

Hello Calum,

Thank you for your email.

We will be running the Full-day birdwatching trip daily sailing from
Seahouses @ 9.30am.

My advice would be to join our scheduled trip on either day and reserve seats.

The cost is £30 per person.

 

 

If everyone can confirm this is ok I'll get the seats booked.  We would pay at the booking hut in the harbour in the morning before we depart.

 

 

I will give this some thought when I get back from Spain!  :D

 

Hi @kittykat23uk, I meant to ask before,  hows it looking for the mini Farnes gtg weekend?  It would be great to add another name to the list.

 

 

Many thanks,

 

Calum


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:42 PM

Hi Calum,

 

Please book seats for myself and Hanne.

 

Thanks


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 11:13 PM

@JohnR

 

Will do John

 

I'll confirm here once done.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:27 AM

Hi Cal,

 

Please book 2 seats for me and the good lady. I assume cucumber sandwiches and a pot of Earl Grey will be provided as standard


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