Next week myself and three other members of the team – Michelle Househam, Paul Stammers and Gavin Young are going to be swapping our binoculars for walking boots as we take on the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 hours. Project volunteer Chris Ditchburn will be driving us between mountains in a minbus kindly donated by Tim Norton Ford in Oakham. We’re doing it to raise money for our education work in West Africa. As you may know, we recently initiated a project in Gambian schools that aims to teach children there about Ospreys and other migratory birds and the need to protect them on their wintering grounds. You can read about some of our recent work here.
In time we hope to extend the project to schools in other West African countries and elsewhere on the migration flyway, but in order to do this we need to raise more money. And that’s where the Three Peaks comes in. We’d be very grateful if you would consider sponsoring us for the challenge – anything you are able to donate would be very gratefully received and will help to make a positive difference to the conservation of our migratory birds on their wintering grounds. We have invested a great deal of time and effort into restoring a population of Ospreys to southern Britain, but for conservation of migratory species to be successful international collaboration is fundamental. If children don’t grow up respecting wildlife and recognising the importance of protecting it, then how can conservation in places such as West Africa succeed?
Big thanks to all of you who have already sponsored us .
As part of the challenge, we’ll be giving FREE talks on Osprey migration and our education work in West Africa at three other Osprey Projects. It would be great to see you there:
Monday 18th June 12:30pm Lake District Osprey Project – Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, Keswick
Monday 18th June 7:30pm Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre
Wednesday 20th June 7:00pm Dyfi Osprey Project – Tabernacle, Machynlleth
Huge thanks to Nathan Fox at the Lake District Osprey Project, Emyr Evans and Janine Pannett at the Dyfi Osprey Project and Jonathan Pinnick at Loch of the Lowes for organising the talks at the three venues.