Even Sparrows... Bird watchers

LOOK AT THE BIRDS on Holy Island

Date: Fri, 13th Sep 2024

Our September 2024 retreat on Holy Island is timed for early autumn migration. It can offer 'the best of both worlds' when summer visitors can still be seen as they head south, coinciding with the arrival of the first winter visitors. Departing birds like Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Whinchat can be seen on the island, plus more unusual birds like Wryneck, Icterine Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher if the winds swing easterly. At the same time, the first of the winter visitors start appearing from the Arctic with birds like the Brent Geese, Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit. September is typically the best month for passage waders and we would hope to see birds like Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and Greenshank.

The all-inclusive price is 475 pounds per person (plus 75 pounds single room supplement) which includes 3 nights full board, accommodation and retreat fees.

We will be staying on the island itself at Marygate House - a very comfortable Georgian house with twin bedded rooms that share bathrooms and toilets. The food is home-made and consistently praised for its good quality. We will have exclusive use of the house and its facilities which includes its impressive library about Celtic Christianity.

In order to book your room, please firstly contact me about availability. You will need to send a deposit of 175 pounds which is returnable until 6 weeks before when the balance is due. 50% is refundable up until 4 weeks before, and 25% refundable until 2 weeks to go.

LOOK AT THE BIRDS retreats are special opportunities to learn in depth about birds and what they reveal about God's love. We have guided birdwatching walks suitable for complete beginners, plus a rhythm of quiet contemplative worship and reflections on some of the main birds featured in the Bible like the dove, the eagle, the raven and the owl.

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