Posts made in September, 2012

Re-wilding of Valle Chacabuco

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Birds, Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Mammals, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

In just one morning, whilst heading out with Luigi to place a puma camera we recorded all these wonderful species  in Valle Chacabuco, Chile. Until 2004, the 78,000 ha estancia was being grazed to destruction by thousands of cattle and sheep. Conservacion Patagonica, our charity, is now restoring the area and native wildlife and plants are slowly returning. It’s wonderful to be here and hear from the gauchos how the landscape is gradually re-wilding. If you’d like to make a donation to our cause please click here- we so appreciate it!!  The grand total: 30 birds and 1 mammal...

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We can talk to birds, really!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside, Wildlife Moment Of The Week, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

Watch the 1 minute video below as I try it out – its true!! I had never though it would be possible to speak to a bird but wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough shows us what is possible on a short video clip at our friends at Conservacion Patagonica. With this fresh in my mind, whilst running with our trailer through a forested area of Southern Chile, we were interrupted by three Magellanic woodpeckers noisily passing through. Clutching two rocks I sunk to my ankles in the boggy forest and found a nice standing hollow trunk to tap. I thought I’d try what David showed me, and...

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So we thought we had it bad….!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Conservacion Patagonica, Conservation, Farming, Mammals, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

We have just arrived into Valle Chacabuco, the area of  Patagonia we are raising money for, through our charity Conservacion Patagonica. Our first glimpse of this astounding mountainous landscape tells us just how much help folk here trying to restore this place are going to need – this is phenomenal! We were collected by pick-up off our route 11km away, and brought to the park HQ. The area we have driven through is recovering from a century of intensive overgrazing, which we’ll learn more about later, but the effects are devastating. Its hard to imagine that sheep and cows...

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David Lowrie: Accenture Alumni Interview

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Sponsorship and Donations, The Run Up | 0 comments

Transcript from a recent interview with my former company about how a wayward management consultant came to be running 35km a day, living in a tent, trying to raise money, awareness and inspire environmental action for South Americas wild places . . . Over the coming year, we will look to profile Accenture UK alumni who have gone on to do amazing, inspiring things. First up is Dave Lowrie who is currently 500 miles into a challenge to be the first person to run the length of South America, unsupported, in a year. See below for more information about Dave’s journey. I was in...

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Depression and Woes Under the Moon

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Running, Sponsorship and Donations, Survival | 0 comments

Two sore ankles, two sore knees, one sore hip, the other ones are just sore at night, one sore back, tingling Achilles and fingers, two sore heads. What kind of animal does that make us? Hmm. Arrived into Cochrane yesterday afternoon. Found a campsite. Tapped until the cockerels decided to chat (school presentation imminent). They started at 12am- and then the snipe started whirring his tail feathers above us, I ask you?! Ice on keyboard. Must not repeat this; she says tapping into frosty night…. Couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t Stop thinking: Are we having any traction? Will we...

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