We had a team of 7 climbers spend the night in the tree canopy at Yarner Wood, East Dartmoor. This was part of an international effort for The World Land Trust to raise funds to purchase land along the Kinabatangan River in Borneo. This area of rainforest is exceptionally important for wildlife including iconic species such as Orang Utans, Clouded Leopards, Civet Cats, Pygmy elephants and pygmy hippos, plus many monkey species, birds and invertebrates - and not forgetting some important plant species too. This type of conservation is what CREST is continually promoting - we will be visiting this area next year for an expedition to which CREST supporters can join us. Well, this may have a serious and important purpose, but the campout was fun too! 1000's of people from around the world all camped out on the same night to help in the fund-raising effort. Here are some pictures. 1st image left to right: Gemma, Jane, India, Rachael (with the 2XL teeshirt!) Marty, Steve and Kiki - what a team!
It was a baking hot day on Dartmoor for this course yesterday, there was much to see and the group got stuck right in to identifying plants by family despite the energy-sapping heat! As well as plants we got to see same interesting animal wildlife including an adder, a lizard, lots of tadpole - almost ready to transform and some tropical-sized leeches - all in all a good day had by all - plus Ilsington village hall made an excellent venue for the course.
We had a lovely day walking around Slapton drawing plants and their adaptations to the diverse habitats found at the site - from Ancient Woodland to Water Meadow - to Beach - to name but 3 out of around 10 habitats! Everyone developed their skills at plant ID - and all will be along in 2 weeks for the Intermediate Botany course where those skills will be taken another step forward - well done all those who attended.
Today we ran a Grass ID course as a private commission for the Volunteers at Yarner Wood, Natural England. We took some alkaline-loving grasses that we picked up in Kent earlier in the year, some grasses from Charleton Marsh, plus we went up onto Trendlbere Down, Dartmoor today to identify species there - quite a range of grasses! The volunteers, were enthusiastic and made great progress in their ID skills that they can take forward during their internship. They will also all be at the 'Introduction to UK Flora' course that is running this Saturday. Well done lads!