WSBEorchids

Rwanda project features on University of Cambridge Botanic Garden site

We are delighted to again be working with our partners at the Cambridge Botanic Garden who are holding their annual Orchid Festival. News from the Rwandan schools orchid project is featured on their website here http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Page.aspx?p=27&ix=3042&pid=2719&prcid=4&ppid=2719

 

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Farewell KCCEM

Yesterday was the day we left KCCEM. Was sad to say good bye to our amazing students, but we leave safe in the knowledge our students will continue the project. We are both so proud of how our students  pick up the knowledge and are enthusiastic to teach future KCCEM students. Picture below is our students with their certificates.

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Rwandan wildlife: hamerkop

Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta). Picture by Stanislav Harvančík (http://ibc.lynxeds.com/) Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta). Picture by Stanislav Harvančík (http://ibc.lynxeds.com/)

We are back in the UK and I am still thinking of the wildlife we saw in Rwanda. I thought it would be interesting to post about species we have seen but we have no pictures of.

Here we have a hamerkop. We saw one in a rice paddy on our way to KCCEM. It seems less interesting than the crazy-looking great blue turaco, but even though its dullness there’s something I like about this bird.

Hamerkops feed on amphibians and small fish amongst other things; that’s why the rice paddy. One of the interesting facts about hamerkops is the size of their nests. Nests can be more than 1.5m across! Mmmmmmh, big enough for hosting a tea party?

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Repotting success

We have had an amazing time over the last couple of weeks with our team from the UK, however I must say much quieter at KCCEM now. Work continues here and we recently checked on our repotted orchids which we changed to better more aerated compost as their roots were not looking healthy. As you can see by the picture below new healthy roots are growing which is really promising to see.

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