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Weʼre raising £2,700 to Participate in a Research expedition to Equador and the Galapagos Islands ...supporting the work of David Attenborough

Maugersbury, United Kingdom

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My biology teacher has organised a trip to Equador and the Galapagos Islands for a two-week expedition to help with biodiversity studies run by Operation Wallacea. The expedition will take the group to the remote lowland Amazonian forests of Equador and for the second week, to the Galapagos Islands. Visitation to these areas is limited due to ecotourism.

For the first part of the expedition, we will be working with scientists and academics to survey the Nenkepare forests, home of the Huaorani Ameridians. These forests are under threat from oil extraction, and further evidence is still needed of their biological importance so their conservation status can be upgraded, therefore adding another layer of protection to them. We will be helping with various biodiversity surveys, including bird mist netting and soundscape analysis, fish community surveys, herpetofauna surveys, camera traps for large mammals, small mammal trapping and forest structure surveys. We will also take part in an Amazonian wildlife ecology course, and have the opportunity to be introduced to Sami Indian communities to learn about their culture and customs.

For the second week, we will fly to the Galapagos Islands, and complete a Galapagos Island ecology course. This course will cover topics such as The Voyage of the HMS Beagle and how the Galapagos influenced Darwin's theory of evolution, Darwin's finches and measuring evolutionary change, threats to the survival of the islands, island extinction and conservation success stories, tourism impacts on the island and key species in the marine environment. We will have lectures on these topics which will be followed up by field visits to the sites around the islands they are based. Some field visits will involve snorkelling, and there will be the opportunity to go scuba diving.

It is possible to the use the expedition to gain extra UCAS points by doing an EPQ or extended essay project, and the expedition covers key aspects of biology, geography and environmental science syllabuses.

The cost of the trip is £3,000.00. The cost is extensive, in the main, due to the cost of travelling to the Galapagos Islands.

I am studying A-levels; Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Geography alongside GCSE Russian. I hope to study medicine at university.

Summer has shown an excellent level of effort and commitment to her studies in Geography so far. Her work is detailed and reflects a very good understanding of complex ideas and case studies, and she makes articulate contributions to class discussions.

Mrs R Holmes, The Cotswold School

Summer continues to be an enthusiastic and talented Geographer who has a solid grasp of the concepts we have covered. She is capable of synoptic linking and a good level of evaluation ......She is working hard to achieve her potential ....

Mrs Johnestone, The Cotswold School

Summer is a driven and mature student with a bright and cheerful character who brightens up the form group! Her focus and drive mean that she has made a successful start to sixth form life and that the style of pastoral care and study both suit her character well. She was a credit to the school in the recent UNCCC mock climate change event in Cheltenham and she is a delight to have in the form!

Mrs Johnstone, Form Tutor, The Cotswold School

I will do all I can to raise the money needed for this trip.

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  • Summer Wyatt-Buchan6 months ago
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    Summer Wyatt-Buchan

    6 months ago

    Hey! We had a great response to the sweet sale at school this week and hope to do another one soon! If I would be able to sell sweets or hold a stall of some kind to raise funds at any summer events please please let me know :) Thank you as always for your support. SX

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  • Summer Wyatt-Buchan6 months ago
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    Summer Wyatt-Buchan

    6 months ago

    Hey! It's time for my first payment eeeeek! And on Monday I start fundraising again with a huge sweet sale at my school! Make sure you look out for the posters if you attend The Cotswold School. Elle and I have a great range of goodies ;) I then have the Chastleton House cake sale in July (hopefully 3rd time lucky with the weather!) And payment is due October....up another £850 hike. Thank you everyone for your support!! xxxxxx

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  • Summer Wyatt-Buchan9 months ago
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    Summer Wyatt-Buchan

    9 months ago

    Hey :) It is nearly time for my Craft Fair! Please come along and support the stall holders. We have a great mix for those last minute Easter presents; unique a special birthday presents; lovely home additions.. Hand made jewellery Beautiful art work/local artists Hand-made cushions Forever Living Hand-woven handbags and items Children tapestry sets Graphic design cards, towels and prints Home-made cakes More... Please share this post. Easter Saturday is a perfect day to have a drive out, a little look and then a Cotswold lunch. xxxx

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    May 2, 2018

    you smell really awful here have some change


  • Joe Landles

    Joe Landles

    Feb 27, 2018

    Only donating on the premise that we get taken as hand luggage ;P from Beth and Joe xx


  • Sarah Buchan

    Sarah Buchan

    Feb 27, 2018

    What a great opportunity! Good luck with your fundraising 😊 xx


  • Summer Betsy Wyatt-Buchan

    Summer Betsy Wyatt-Buchan

    Feb 26, 2018

    Lots of love from U.Matt, A.Karen, and the girls xxxxxx


  • Lilli&Gordon Hubbard

    Lilli&Gordon Hubbard

    Feb 24, 2018

    Good luck and best wishes Summer. Hope you achieve your goal. Lots of love Lilli and Gordon xxx


  • Kate Halden

    Kate Halden

    Feb 19, 2018

    I couldn't be prouder of you Summer! What an amazing opportunity. I have every faith in you that you will make this happen, and that you will be a fantastic asset to the project team. Love you xx


  • Anonymous


    Feb 19, 2018

    Wishing you all the best for this amazing opportunity Summer :)LoveGranny, Grandad, Mark, Ness, Dylan & Meganxxxxxx


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Summer Wyatt-Buchan

Summer Wyatt-Buchan

Maugersbury, United Kingdom

I am 16-years old and working towards my AS-levels at The Cotswold School Academy in Bourton-on-the-Water. During the weekend I coach an U-11 boys football team and help out at The North Cotswolds Hospital. I hope to study medicine and am a keen geographer.

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