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.
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 lifecycle with Georgia and Jess Orchid Hunt with Emily Mycorrhiza with Rosie Orchid industry with Tom Orchid diversity with Josh
Data logging with Aaron3D printing with James
Other members of the team suppoted the workshop leaders.
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!
I am proud of the way my student team is coping with the challenges of the trip, devising and running workshops, working deep in Nyungwe Forest and making friends with the FAWE girls and the KCCEM students. The whole team coped with the challenge the Karimanzovu trek and are ready for the challenge of Mount Bigugu tomorrow. Here are a few more pictures from Kamiranzovu.Crossing Kamiranzovu swamp Eulophia horsfallii in Kamiranzovu James and Tom in the Swamp forest with our guide Chris and Emanuel from KCCEM
Aaron here. We have seen four species of monkey – the three in Nyungwe were Blue Monkey, Mountain Monkey and Angolan Colobus and they didn’t hang around to make for easy photos but the Baboons are very photogenic.Blue Monkey Mountain Monkey Olive Baboon and Lucia (Baboon is on the left)