Here we are ready to jump in the KCCEM bus to head back to the forest. The weather is fine and we are all refreshed after a good nights sleep and a substantial breakfast. Thanks again for all the comments, it is great to know you are following our adventures.
Hurray: we saw a pair of great blue turacos today! What an amazing bird. A unique species or hens dressed up for a costume party??? Darwin, please explain. Simon thinks it is the second solution as in the second picture they look like they are waiting for a bus.
The FAWE student arrived at KCCEM at 8pm last night and after a stormy night with heavy rain and thunder we headed to a dripping forest. The rain stopped as we began our trek and the girls, aided by Writhlington students, carried out detailed observations of orchids in the forest.
We have all made it back to KCCEM and student teams are now writing up their research.
Lots of amazing orchids on Bigugu too.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
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
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.