Weʼre raising £1,100 to fund travel and accomodation as I help Biosphere 1; conservation and monitoring of sea turtles on the island of Santa Luzia, Cabo Verde.
- Calhau, São Vicente, Cape Verde
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Biosphere 1 is looking for volunteers to work on the project of conservation and monitoring of sea turtles on the island of Santa Luzia.
I have ' adopted ' and indeed, been adopted by the turtle as a very special creature. Having grown up in Ireland I have always had a big affinity with the sea, but yet never done much volunteering in a marine environment (much have my efforts for decades have been around re-afforestation and inland habitats). So I am delighted to say Biosfera 1 have put their faith in me to help out on Santa Luzia, from the 1st of October.
The island of St. Lucia is part of the Marine Reserve of Santa Luzia and islets Branco and Raso. It is the only desert island and the smallest of the country with few freshwater points.
During the months of June to October it receives about 500 breeding females of the species Caretta caretta (Loggerhead turtle, common or red). This specie can nest more than once at the same time, but only one to two per thousand babies in nature reach adulthood, about 30 years later.
The monitoring work in the deserted island has happened since 2011 with the support of several national and international partners: National Direction for Environment, Rufford Foundation, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
In addition to my support to the biologists, I will be recording my experience as a writer and photographer, to further provide resources to Biosfera 1 outreach and campaigning efforts.
I intend that my travel related emissions will be offset by tree planting in 2018 / 2019 in Cabo Verde and / or The National Forest in England / Ireland.
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Calhau, São Vicente, Cape Verde
I am a writer, photographer and creator of gardens. I treasure the sea, islands and all the creatures around them.
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