Come and enjoy a full and varied programme of guided birdwatching walks, presentations on birds and their God-given significance, plus inspirational times of quiet Celtic-style worship.


165 per person + B&B accommodation based at the Open Gate Christian retreat centre on Holy Island itself. Covers TWO FULL DAYS OF GUIDED BIRDWATCHING


Thursday, 1st January
Saturday, 3rd January, 1970
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Even Sparrows weekend retreats on Holy Island

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Unusual weekend breaks that involve quiet Christian worship, reflection and guided birdwatching walks with local experts. Each weekend has a theme examining particular birds of the Bible; for example, the dove, the raven and the eagle. And each shares the simple message that God loves us, along with the rest of creation.

Our time will be spent on and around Holy Island which hosts a wide variety of waders, duck and geese. Each programme will depend on bird news and in spring we might head to the mainland to look for migrant arrivals. In the autumn Holy Island can be truly spectacular for migration with large numbers of birds arriving from the European continent.

These weekends are designed both for Christians and for people sympathetic to the Christian faith who wish to learn more about birds in a place internationally famous for its birdlife and its Celtic Christian heritage. Holy Island itself boasts fabulous scenery that we shall explore and is rich in a spiritual history that includes St Cuthbert (the first Briton known to protect birds!)

If you would like to book a Birdwatch Northumbria event please contact us.

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