Kenyan Grasslands Appeal

Worldwide the loss of grasslands is having a devastating effect on wildlife. These habitats are being lost to agriculture and development. Surviving grasslands are increasingly fragmented but compared to rainforests, they receive very little conservation attention. This is certainly the case in the Kinangop Highlands of : a largely unprotected area of grasslands which are vanishing at an alarming rate. Of particular concern is Sharpe’s Longclaw, rather like a skylark with a bright yellow breast, which needs short grass with tussocks for nesting- the Kinangop Highlands are its stronghold. Sharpe’s Longclaw is an indicator species but is seriously threatened by the loss of its grassland home. Studies suggest that as much as three quarters of ‘tussock’ vegetation has already been lost in the 77,000 hectare Kinangop Plateau, causing a real threat to the survival of this species.

For donations of £25 or more we’ll be delighted to send a pdf certificate recording your donation. To request your certificate please e-mail quoting the Justgiving donation reference number that appears on your confirmation e-mail. To make a gift donation on behalf of somebody else to the Kenyan Grasslands Project please call the WLT office on +44 (0) 1986 874422.

In addition to the protection of the Sharpe’s Longclaw, saving this grassland will also benefit a wide range of other species, many of which remain unstudied. Only this year a new species of frog has been discovered in this habitat and the Kenyan Horned viper is also endemic to the grasslands.

The local villagers have formed the Friends of Kinangop, which is supported by a local NGO, Nature Kenya. And this is where the World Land Trust comes in: We are assisting Nature buy a strategically important area of grassland consisting of 51 acres, and costing £125,000, by December 2009. The land is expensive but the reason for the urgency is that the price of land, particularly where it is close to , is escalating.

This is a modest project, but it has enormous conservation value and is also already acting to leverage other funds and governmental support in the urgent bid to save surviving grasslands.

Find more information on the Kenyan Grasslands Project and sign up to receive project updates on the World Land Trust website:


Raising money for

World Land Trust

World Land Trust

Charity Registration No. 1001291

WLT is an international conservation organisation that takes action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats. Supported by Sir David Attenborough and working with local organisations in Central and South America, Asia and Africa, WLT has helped protect over 500,000 acres of wildlife habitats.

Donations 20

Happy St. David's Day

Donation by Lee on 01/03/10


+ £56.41 Gift Aid

For Iona

Donation by Liz on 22/11/09


+ £28.21 Gift Aid

As promised

Donation by DF on 03/11/09


+ £423.08 Gift Aid

Happy Naming Day for Inkeri !

Donation by Sami Kullberg on 05/10/09


For our niece Freya's naming day we give this to help the future of birds in Kenya.

Donation by Andrea and Steve Walker on 14/09/09


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation by EMERI on 28/08/09


Donation by EMERI GVARAMADZE on 30/07/09


Donation by Anonymous on 24/07/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Good to help the less glamourous African wildlife

Donation by Phil Wilkins on 06/06/09


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Hope you reach your target for the Sharpes Longclaw. African needs to do more to conserve its precious wild life!

Donation by Dave Hilliard on 05/06/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Charles E on 01/06/09


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

we need to do a lot more in africa, particularly to help British migrant birds

Donation by rogerb on 31/05/09


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Why not more grasslands? Are rich Africans donating or are they seeling it to get richer?

Donation by Greer Hart on 29/05/09


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation by chris. on 28/05/09


Donation by Vitaly Kuvaev on 28/05/09


Donation by Santi Guallar on 28/05/09


Donation by Paul Van Uytrecht on 28/05/09


Please could you let me know who will own and manage the purchased land, to what use it will be put and how this will benefit FoKP? Thank you.

Donation by David Fox on 26/05/09


+ £282.05 Gift Aid

Donation by Emeri on 20/05/09



Donation by Alistair Knock on 20/05/09


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,475.00
  • Offline donations£21,476.91
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£24,951.91
  • Gift Aid£839.10

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