Friday, February 15th 2013 - 18:56 UTC

Top UK trade and media birdwatchers aiming for Falkland Islands’ experience

The Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) will be hosting some of the UK’s top bird watchers at the end of this month, on a trip led by Tim Appleton, cofounder and organiser of the prestigious British Birdwatching Fair.

Tim Appleton revealed Bleaker Island as this has always been on his radar as well as the steamer duck

This will be the first visit of its kind to be hosted by the Tourist Board. The group, including a mix of trade and media will be in the Falklands from the February 23 until March 2, 2013.

Tim will be accompanied by the directors of two of the UK’s leading tour operators, including Steve Rooke from Sunbird and Gerald Griffiths from Avian Adventures as well as three journalists including Matthew Merrit, the editor of Birdwatching magazine and freelance journalists Mike Unwin and Dominic Couzens.

While Steve and Gerald will be looking to see if the Falkland Islands would fit within their 2014 brochures, the journalists will be visiting the Islands to write first hand travel/wildlife features based on their experiences.

Tim Appleton said: “We are very excited about our forthcoming trip to the Falkland Islands and experiencing the destination first hand. I am particularly looking forward to visiting Bleaker Island as this has always been on my radar as well as seeing the Falkland Islands steamer duck. The group will be taking a lot of pictures and sharing their experiences with their relevant audiences before, during and after the trip.”

Managing Director of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board Tony Mason told Penguin News: “We are looking forward to welcoming the group to the Falkland Islands and showcasing the best of the destination and what it has to offer.

“We will be sending them to many different areas so they have the full experience. I am looking forward to their feedback and most importantly their articles and recommendations to tourists from around the world, to visit the Falkland Islands.”

The group will spend one night in Darwin before being divided up into two smaller groups; one consisting of media and the other of Tim and the tour operators, for their outer island excursions.

In addition to Darwin, both groups will also visit: Sea Lion Island, Stanley and Volunteer Point. The media will go on to visit Carcass Island while the tour operators will visit Bleaker, Weddell and Saunders Island. (Penguin News)

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1 reality check (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
Sorry chaps! no good looking for the Argentine yellow belly arse warbler. They have not been seen on the Islands since 1982. Experts do not expect to see them there ever again. Sorryyyyyy!!!!!!
2 Think (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 07:34 pm Report abuse
MercoPress............... The South-Atlantic News Agency.

Today's headlines...:
”…..birdwatchers aiming for Falkland Islands’ experience”
”Malvinas Isles issue collection of stamps to commemorate …..”

Tomorrows headlines...:
“Monty96 feeds her chickens biodynamicly….”
“WestisBest has been heard using a five letter word….”
“Isolde teaches all her children to shoot with an old Argie FAL…..”

South-Atlantic News Agency....... Alright……
Chuckle chuckle©
3 Doveoverdover (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 07:48 pm Report abuse
More Headlines for Tomorrow:

“Ban Orders Chair of C24 to Supervise Referendum”

“Advance Party of Official OAS Observers Arrives for Referendum”

“Inward Investment Overwhelms Chamber of Commerce”

That's more like it.
4 Think (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:04 pm Report abuse
(3) Mr. McDod

Any particular reason you're mentioning the Malvinas Chamber of Commerce?
Trying to smoke our dear Mr. Joe Bloggs out?
5 Doveoverdover (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
@4 Sr Think. How very perceptive of you.
6 Think (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:19 pm Report abuse
7 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:42 pm Report abuse
Ignore Rg trolls
8 Doveoverdover (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:50 pm Report abuse
OK, I will.
9 Think (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:52 pm Report abuse
10 Orbit (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:21 pm Report abuse
Think, think, think.... It's the weekend mate! Chill and indulge people their stamp collecting and bird watching hobbies. On Monday, 8am sharp, we can resume our donkey canneloni and argentine socio-economic collapse “day jobs”. :)
11 LEPRecon (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:37 pm Report abuse
Aw isn't it nice when Think and his alter ego DOD support each like this?
12 Doveoverdover (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:40 pm Report abuse
Yes it is.
13 Joe Bloggs (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:41 pm Report abuse

14 Doveoverdover (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 10:41 pm Report abuse

15 Escoses Doido (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 12:16 am Report abuse
16 Gustbury (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 03:52 am Report abuse
What about Mike Bingham eh!? You are ridiculous!!
17 Anglotino (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 05:56 am Report abuse
OMG Gustbury.

Thanks for bringing that to the world's attention.

Oh the inhumanity of it all!

(Joe how funny is Gustbury after our earlier conversation?)
18 UncleTed (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 11:11 am Report abuse
On the subject birds, one was seen flying upside over BA a few weeks weeks ago. The phenomenon has increased, and now whole flockshave been seen flying upside down but only within the bordersof Argentina.
World experts are baffled, but scientists in surrounding SA countries are not at all surprised. Even birds it seems, are of the opinion that the place is not worth shitting on.
19 Conqueror (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 12:41 pm Report abuse
@16 What about it? Just another pointless argie, isn't it?
@18 Another explanation. Was it a pigeon? They are now “food animals” you know!
20 UncleTed (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 12:57 pm Report abuse
These birds were all desperate to cross the border out of Argentina. With bird experts in the South Atlantic they do not want to be labled the Argentine anything. Chilean Flamingo they dont mind. Uraguay Spoonbill is fine. But please dont land me with a name like @1 has suggested. Get us out of here.
21 Clyde15 (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 07:39 pm Report abuse
In 2012, the Falkland' s stand at Birdfair was really busy with a great deal of interest in the natural history of the Islands
I see that Chile will have a rep. at Birdfair 2013.
Last year I talked with one of the Chilean reps. about combining a bird watching visit to the Falklands with Chile. I thought that the logistics would be difficult but using LAN flights would be easy.
Although not a cheap trip, compared with the MOD's costs of flying to the Falkands, quite reasonable.
Apart from the Falklands as a “one off ”destination, I think that combined with Chile, it would have a great potential.
Although the trips originate in the UK they are joined by birdwatchers from Europe and the USA for specialist destinations such as this.
In 2012, I spoke with some charming and helpful people from the Argentinian tourist board about Argentina/Falklands visit. They again assured me that this could be arranged without a fuss. I was reasonably enthusiastic about this and took away literature and costings. Then CFK started the nonsense and that put paid to that. I am sure that a lot of business was lost over this and Chile will benefit.
22 Falkland Islands (#) Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:14 pm Report abuse
@16 Mike Bingham was a disgrace, he made up stories, I remember him quite well, he was strange. glad he buggered off, Arg headache now ha ha.

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