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Message to the next volunteers

Welcome to Andavadock (sic),You might be in for a bit of a shock.I’m not going to talk about mozzies nor deet, Instead here’s a kelikely poem all about feet. It all begins very, very small,Just when you think you are...

/ Feb 22, 2008

Don’t worry, Be happy!!

Don’t Worry, Be HappySung along to the tune of the Bobby McFerrin song. Words by Charlie & Becks Don’t Worry, Be HappyHere’s a little song I wrote,You might want to sing it note for note,Don’t worry be happy Came to...

/ Feb 22, 2008

The UK’s first community Marine Protected Area

Recent news suggests that UK communities are becoming increasingly aware of the degradation to the marine environment occurring in their local area. 10 years of discussions, conflict and compromise has led to approval for a marine conservation area off the...

/ Feb 14, 2008

Expedition 35 says goodbye

As expedition 35 draws to a close, the 16 volunteers that began are now down to a lucky nine. Nine for whom six weeks will never be enough. I pity those who departed before the expedition ended, to return to...

/ Feb 12, 2008

The Perfect morning in Andavadoaka

Ingredients: Loads of fun peoplePlenty of high factor suncreamWaterBok bokCoffee 1) Begin by rising from a restful slumber at 5am. Emerge from your hut to view the full moon setting over the western horizon. Wait until the reflecting light on...

/ Feb 5, 2008

Alarming rates of mangrove habitat loss

The current decline of vast areas of mangroves is an environmental problem that must be urgently addressed: new figures show that 20% (3.6million hectares) of the world’s mangrove area has been destroyed since 1980. The loss of mangrove ecosystems causes...

/ Feb 1, 2008

Rare Victory for Madagascar Tortoises

Conservationists are celebrating a double victory over tortoise smugglers in Madagascar. Earlier this month, a Nigerian man was arrested with 300 tortoises and another 20 have been returned to their habitat after being seized on a neighbouring island. But campaigners’...

/ Jan 29, 2008

It was a very sad week in Andavadoaka as we lost (they left, we didn’t mislay them) two of our staff members on the same day. Craig, our medic, and Tristan, a field scientist. They had both been around for...

/ Jan 29, 2008

A trip down South

As hard working Expedition Manager I rarely get to leave site, but was fortunate enough recently to join a trip to go down south to Lamboara to collect the fish monitoring data. Bic led the trip and took along Lalao,...

/ Jan 22, 2008

Meet the Nahudas

Every expedition we take our new crop of volunteers into one of the village ‘epi-bars’ to meet the nahudas – the village elders. We introduce ourselves to them and then shake our tushes on the dancefloor to some Malagasy music...

/ Jan 15, 2008

Lemurs feel the cold!

Lemurs Warm-up with Space Heaters January 9, 2008, 5:19 PM PST Chilly ring-tailed lemurs at the Japan Monkey Centre in Aichi Prefecture have been jostling for positions in front of an electric heater to keep warm. Employees say the heater...

/ Jan 10, 2008

The Wanderer’s Return

Thursday 27th December Tana Airport 13:06 (UK), 16:06 (Madagascar) In approximately 54 minutes I will be heading down the runway and leaving this Fair Isle. A month has passed very quickly and I feel I have done a lot, seen...

/ Jan 8, 2008

A fond farewell

Tuesday 18th DecemberCoco Beach, Andavadoaka18:26 (UK), 18:26 (Madagascar) Tonight was a really fantastic night at the BV camp. It is the penultimate night for the volunteers here in Andavadoaka and to see them all off the women’s association of Andavadoaka...

/ Dec 31, 2007

Turkey love and three hours difference

Monday 17th DecemberCoco Beach, Andavadoaka16:09 (UK), 19:09 (Madagascar) I really should change the clock on my computer but I quite like being reminded that I am 3 hours in front of all you UK people. So when I get up...

/ Dec 27, 2007

From Ellie: Reflections of the BV site

Sunday 23rd DecemberLa Refuge, Tulear14:34 (UK), 17:34 (Madagascar) My time on site has gone so quickly. It has been great to finally get to see the workings of BV and meet the staff, volunteers and local community that make BV...

/ Dec 24, 2007