The Guillemot Campaign has reached £100,000 - thank you!
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to my guillemot campaign, which I am delighted to say has now reached £100,000. Every donation I have received has ensured the success of continuing this research for at least 10 years. The monitoring of guillemots has relied on generous donations since 2013 when Welsh government funding was withdrawn, so I am incredibly grateful for all the support this campaign has received.
Over the last fifty years around half the world’s seabirds have been lost as a result of pollution, overfishing and climate change. Guillemots have been an important barometer for the health of the ocean. My study has already shown how climate change has affected breeding habits, with the birds now breeding two weeks earlier than they did in the 1970s. Continuation of this work is vital to ensure uninterrupted collection of data to monitor environmental changes through guillemots’ behaviour. This work will hopefully lead to identifying and tackling threats to the ocean at a much earlier stage.
Carrying on this research would not have been possible without you, my supporters. Alongside donations I have received hundreds of messages of goodwill from former students, friends and people interested in science and conversation – all recognising the value of long-term studies such as this one. Thank you once again, I can’t tell you how much your support means to me.
If you are here after the success of reaching £100,000 thank you for visiting my page. I encourage you to not to think of £100,000 as the limit but as a wonderful start of crowdfunding ensuring the continuation of guillemot monitoring. I personally will be continuing some of my work as an Emeritus Professor, however this will be shared with colleagues from the University of Sheffield, University of Exeter and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. I’m hoping to see the work continue and flourish as an Advisor for the project for the foreseeable future.
This is the best retirement gift I could wish for – thank you again for your support.
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