General Intererest Accessibility
These links are of general interest to anyone birding around the UK and staying away from home:
BirdAbility a BLOG from a Texas wheelchair using birder.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain – Edition 5. A free, online guide including: Over 200 inspiring ideas for worry-free days outReviews, hints and tips by disabled visitors. Grouped by 10 regional locations – featuring great days out, scenic drives and townsAccessibility information including disabled parking – Updated for 2014
Countryside For All – a series of leaflets contain detailed access information for 16 countryside sites across Lincolnshire. They include woodland, lakes, coast and nature reserves.
OpenBritain – is your one stop shop for accessible tourism in the UK providing you with a simple way to find accessible destinations and places to stay.
Visit England – Access For All – England’s lushly beautiful countryside, vibrant cities and dramatic coastline are there for everyone to enjoy, including disabled travellers and those with access needs. There’s plenty of information and guidance on our site as to the best places to visit, where to stay, and how to get there – from assistance at railway stations, to accommodation that has been specifically assessed for those with access needs.
Visit Wales – Accessible Wales – If you are planning a holiday in Wales and have a mobility impairment, then there are a number of ways to help you choose accommodation and activities that are suitable to your needs. Our Accommodation searches can be filtered for suitability by Mobility impairment, Hearing impairment & Visually impairment.
Visit Scotland – Accessible Accommodation – Scotland’s accessibility scheme runs in line with the UK-wide National Accessibility Standards and forms three categories of accessibility, assuring you that an establishment can provide unassisted wheelchair access, assisted wheelchair access or access for those with mobility difficulties.
We do not actually endorse any products or services – these links are for information – some are to our sponsors, companies who have generously supported ‘Birding For All’ – others are to services which may be of interest to members:
Bob Bushell’s Wildlife Photography
Gallery & Blog
Birdwatching information, gallery, and daily photo reports from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England maintained by and for disabled and housebound birdwatchers.
Opticron – Opticron are makers of fine telescopes & binoculars – they have supported Birding For All with donations for nearly fifteen years.
Swarovski – Swarovski are makers of fine telescopes & binoculars – they have supported Birding For All by subsidising our British Bird Fair stand for over fifteen years.
Zeiss – Zeiss are makers of fine telescopes & binoculars – they have supported Birding For All with donations for nearly fifteen years.
Birding Tour Companies
Birding Ecotours – Birding Ecotours are a company offering bird tours – they are supporters of Birding For All having made a number of donations.
Sarus Bird Tours – Sarus Bird Tours are a company offering bird tours – they are supporters of Birding For All having made a number of donations.
Accessible Birding Websites
CBC4Kids – …is about helping kids confined to wheel chairs to get involved in the great outdoors through birding…as a life sport.
Sparrowhawk Island – Real Sparrowhawks and other British birds and wildlife captured in their habitat live on web cam. This site’s webmaster says: my site was set up for disabled birders, as my uncle was a great birder spending the last two years of his life bedridden watching what he loved until he passed away. I promised him i would keep it going, so if my site may be of interest to ‘Birding for All’ – why not get to know of my live cams.
UK Foreign Office advice… People with a physical or mental disability can find overseas travel challenging. This guide is intended to provide disabled travellers and their companions with the information needed before and during travel to ensure a trouble-free trip. This information is also available in pdf format.
Travelling With A Medical Condition dubs itself ‘The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition’ and is part of a commercial insurance website. However it includes a section on Travelling Abroad with a Disability which does have some useful tips… remember there are MANY companies offering travel insurance including some that specialise in travel insurance for those with some medical conditions.
Holidaying with a disability can come with some challenges, but it shouldn’t stop you from exploring and seeing the sites, it might just take a little bit of extra planning to get you there. This guide has some useful tips and compares some insurances but ALWAYS shop around for the best deal – which may well be with your existing house or car insurer.