BirdsEye Select vouchers now even better value
Sun 26th April 2015
Itís not often that companies offer something for nothing; but Garmin recently doubled the GB Ordnance Survey 1:25k Explorer coverage you can download to your computer & GPS from 1500 sqkm to 3000 sq km using their BirdsEye Select map vouchers (£19.99 each from GPS Training)
Why is this great news for Outdoors users?
The most popular way to buy a Garmin GPS is bundled with Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50k with full coverage on MicroSD card. Whole GB Discoverer contains full 1:50K scale Ordnance Survey Landranger map coverage for the whole of Great Britain which contains the complete GB Rights of Way data plus NAVTEQ road data and points of interest that delivers turn-by-turn routing and directions to your destinations like a satnav.
OS Landranger maps are fine but most outdoors folk and walkers prefer to use the more detailed OS 1:25k Explorer maps when planning & navigating with BaseCamp & GPS. Whole GB 25k coverage is available at just under £300 a price which many feel canít be justified for limited use. All of which explains the popularity of BirdsEye Select vouchers that enable inexpensive OS map downloads of your favourite walking areas.
How do the vouchers work?
Once purchased the vouchers allow you to download maps to the internal memory of a compatible Garmin registered device. The first step is to activate your card here by following the simple on-screen instructions. You can download up to 3000sqk of maps in either single or multiple areas first to BaseCamp and then to GPS if you choose to do so. Detailed step by step instructions on how to activate & download maps to BaseCamp and a GPS using a BirdsEye Select map voucher are available here (don't worry if you buy a Birsdeye voucher from GPS training you get this guide included in with your voucher).
There are a couple of things to bear in mind when activating a map voucher; you are effectively agreeing to terms & conditions that licence the map download(s) to just your selected registered device. The maps cannot be shared with other devices and once a card is activated there is a limit on the time you have to do any downloads.
A question we are often asked is how big is 3000 sq km?
Itís a substantial area and we find it best to make a comparison to the Lake District National Park Englandís largest at 2292 sq km. One voucher would allow you to download an area covering the whole park and leave you with 700 sqk to add the fringes as well. Not bad for twenty pounds!