- It was a great experience and a privilege to be there – I’ll remember the birds (some of them) for a long time, but it will be the people I’ll remember for ever.
- Seeing scores of Israeli children taking part in the bird race was just fantastic
- Our team raised a lot of money which will help combat illegal bird killing in Greece – I’m pleased to have been part of that
- The ethos of this event links birding, competitive birding, with bird conservation – these aren’t entirely natural bedfellows. I’m more perplexed by birders who don’t really care about nature conservation than I am by conservationists who can’t distinguish a Long-legged Buzzard from a Steppe Buzzard.
- The event takes place in Israel each year and the cause is to raise money to combat illegal bird killing somewhere in the Mediterranean each year – the Israeli organisers did a spectacularly wonderful job. A week after the event I still want to thank them all.
- Should I have gone to Israel or should I have boycotted the event as a political protest? It’s a pity that this year there was no Palestine team taking place but I understand that was because of a decision by the Palestinian government – if they are willing to support the event then I certainly am. By the way, I was a drain on the finances of the state of Israel whilst taking part.
- If we had all contributed our air fares and other costs to the cause we would have raised more money – but that’s not how the world works.
- Thank you to my team mates, David Callahan, Mike Alibone and Andy Clements, for making it such a treat – and to Dominic Mitchell for asking me to take part in the Birdwatch-Birdguides Roadrunners team.
The event is over – but the cause goes on! Please consider topping up our fundraising pot here. Thank you for all contributions.