Orchids on Bigugu

Lots of amazing orchids on Bigugu too.

Ripidoglossum pulchellum Ripidoglossum pulchellum

This epiphyte is a new species for the orchid project. Many orchids in Nyungwe share this growth habit and so spotting plants in flower is important to confirm species and on this trip we have some brilliant orchid spotters.

Polystachya spatella Polystachya spatella

Aaron spotted this small orchid flowering in Erica forest on Erica johnstonii. The species is abundant on Bigugu but only this plant was in full flower.

Disa starsii Disa starsii

We found Disa starsii growing right at the top of Mount Bigugu amongst heather and growing in a thick layer of moss over bare rock.

We next head into the forest on Friday with the girls from FAWE. Today we are resting, recovering and doing our washing.



Rwenzori Turaco at Bigugu Mountain

Looking at the Rwenzori Turaco Looking at the Rwenzori Turaco Rwenzori Turaco Rwenzori Turaco

We went up Bigugu mountain yesterday. Quite a steep climb! Even though, the whole team made it to the top. For me, the highlight of the day was seeing a Rwenzori Turaco. This bird is endemic to the Albertine Rift, so we are very lucky we managed to see it. What a beautiful bird, specially on flight, when it displays its red underwings.


Workshops with KCCEM students

The team have devised and delivered a range of workshops to KCCEM diploma students at the college. The students are studying diplomas in Wildlife Management, Forestry and Tourism and have been working with Zoe and Heather at the college so have some good knowledge about orchids.

Each workshop devised and delivered by a Writhlington student was repeated four times to allow all the interested KCCEM students to get involved.

The workshops were a great success and feedback from the participants highlighted the effectiveness of activities the quality of resources and the knowledge of the Writhlington students. we were very impressed by the comittment, interest and understanding shown by the KCCEM students.

Orchid seed with Charlotte Orchid seed with Charlotte Orchid lifecycle with Georgia and Jess Orchid lifecycle with Georgia and Jess Orchid Hunt with Emily Orchid Hunt with Emily Mycorrhiza with Rosie Mycorrhiza with Rosie Orchid industry with Tom Orchid industry with Tom Orchid diversity with Josh Orchid diversity with Josh

KCCEM data log

Data logging with Aaron

3D printing with James 3D printing with James

Other members of the team suppoted the workshop leaders.



Enjoying wildlife

White-eyed slaty flycatcher (race torvensis) White-eyed slaty flycatcher (race torvensis) Weaver yet to be indentified Weaver yet to be indentified Speckled mousebird Speckled mousebird

I am particularly enjoying seeing for the first time so many different bird species. The good thing is that you don’t have to try hard to spot interesting birds like the ones in the pictures. Aaron and I spent some time today trying to identify the many types of swifts, martins and swallows that were flying at KCCEM.  Identifying all of them will be the next challenge!