• Madre de Dios River, Peru

    Madre de Dios River


    Homes made for birders.
  • Autumn at Lake Kerkini, Greece

    Autumn at Lake Kerkini


    Homes made for birders.
  • Pripyat River, Belarus, without doubt the Amazon of Europe

    Pripyat River, Belarus

    without doubt the Amazon of Europe

    Homes made for birders.
  • Wahgi Valley & the Mount Hagen, the heart of the Papua New Guinean highlands

    Wahgi Valley & the Mount Hagen

    the heart of the Papua New Guinean highlands

    Homes made for birders.
  • Gamboa sunset, Panama

    Gamboa sunset


    Homes made for birders.
  • Durankulak Lake, NE Bulgaria

    Durankulak Lake

    NE Bulgaria

    Homes made for birders.


Date: 27-11-2014

First guests for Iris Cottage, Ukraine

Written by: Paul Goriup, regarding partner: Iris cottage

Thanks to the Bird Fair, and despite the negative image of Ukraine, we hosted Helen and Robert Goodsell for two weeks in September at our accommodations in the Danube delta at Reni (Iris Cottage) and Vylkove (Juncus Apartment).

Our guests wrote: “Salix Tours could not have been more helpful in delivering what we asked for and more during our two week stay in Ukraine… In Vilkovo with its old town of peace and canals we were accommodated in a comfortable apartment with a view across the town roofs - every evening a friend of Salix provided a cooked meal of local food that could not have been bettered by the best restaurant in Odessa.

The guided days included a walk in the border zone beside the Danube (8 different raptors, Pygmy Cormorants, Squacco Heron and Ferruginous Duck were the highlights). In  Vilkovo we were taken down the delta to the Black Sea in one of the local boats (Pelicans, Cormorants and Hobbies were our personal birding highlights). The real highlights were Paul and Natasha.  Paul for his bird knowledge, his insight into environmental policy, and for his dedication to actually investing in practical reed bed management; add in Natasha's care and attention to detail and we couldn’t have been looked after better.”

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