BigToe Blog

Welcome to the BigToe Blog! Here you can “sniff” all sorts of juicy facts about South America. You can view the “toe-clippings” about what we´re doing, thinking and seeing as we run through this extraordinary continent. Join us to meet the amazing wildlife, wildplaces and people that live here. Videos, photos, activity ideas, blogs in English and Spanish are all snoozing below, waiting for you to enter into our world………..

 

 

Questions on Running & Wildlife in South America

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Questions | 0 comments

We visited a marvellous Devon primary school, Landscore, who we have been sharing stories with ever since we sailed from the UK to work in international conservation in 2008. We were really excited to meet up with their Headmaster Mr Read again, as well as all the teachers and school children. The children asked us loads of fab, juicy, questions. We love asking questions and so are delighted that more have arrived! Check out our answers below……………

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Why did we Choose to Run South America?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Birds, Mammals, Waddle on the Wildside, Wildlife Moment Of The Week, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

We chose to run South America because we thought we might only be able to run such a very long way, 6504 miles, once in our lives. And in that case, it would have to be the most wildlife and plant rich place in the world. With the largest tropical rainforest, the biggest river, longest mountain chain, most bird, monkey and amphibian species and so much more… it was very clear, South America it had to be! We got to know some amazing wildlife and wildlands along the way, including snakes, giant anteaters and guanacos. So why not check out this video and meet them! Then put on your running shoes, go outside and find your own wild neighbours!

 

COME & JOIN US TO CELEBRATE RUNNING SOUTH AMERICA!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Running, The Run Up | 0 comments

Come and JOIN us in London on Saturday 26th October to celebrate RUNNING SOUTH AMERICA!!!

 

Q. How do you connect whilst in remote parts of South America?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

People often ask us how we stay connected on the 5000mileproject.org whilst running through remote parts of South America for its wildlife an wild places. Here we explain one way, our Iridium satellite phone, with a surprising twist half way through!! More recently in more populated areas we make use of skype, for better line and better economy! We report our GPS position via the phone to our online IPADIO maps. To learn how GPS works and amaze your friends and family, why not download our easy-to-use worksheet here!!

FILM Adaptions- Different Beaks for Different Diets

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Birdlife International, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

FILM Adaptions- Different Beaks for Different Diets

On the 1st October we were in Guasipati, Venezuela, with Jose Maria Emazabel School and over 80 children and their teachers… fantastic to be chatting about the amazing wild places in this country, including these wonderful birds.. check out this video-

5 incredible beaks on 5 incredible birds!!! Each beak is Unique!

 

Q. What is the craziest animal you have ever seen?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Mammals, Questions, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

Thanks Master Elithorn from Farnham for that question! Well, it´s good timing too, because we were running through Brazil the other day and what we saw blew our minds!!! A Giant Anteater! They live in all sorts of habitats but  in many places they are not doing well at the moment. It is easiest to find them in savanna which is a habitat that has long grasses and some gnarly trees. They are such a crazy creature, check out his nose!! 

Why not watch the video . . .then we have a question for YOU!

Can you think what he normally eats (HINT: often the common name of an animal givs away lots of clues)? And why has he got such a long nose? and a long sticky tongue? and strong claws? 

For more on this wonderful animal, including why it has evolved such incredible adaptions please check out Arkive.org by clicking here

 

 

Casting No Shadow & Running Faster than the Sun!!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Photos, Running | 0 comments

The human "sundial", casting no shadow!

I have waited a long time for this day – the day the sun passed directly overhead!

Everyday, the sun passes in an arc from East to West (well, we spin really, but let´s take an earth-centric view of things!), no matter where we are in the world, excluding the very poles. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, North of 22.5 degrees, the Tropic of Cancer, then that arc will always be slightly to the South of you, and vice-versa for the South. If you live, or RUN, in between the Tropics, the sun will pass over your head twice a year. Today was that day, and the only time it will happen on our 6,500mile/10.400km run! 

 

On the 11th September with the sun’s declination (or angle from the equator) at 4 degrees, 16 minutes North, we ran right under it. I had to prove it by (more…)

Running with Parrots

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Armonía, Birdlife International, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

From the very South to the North of continental South America we have been in the company of parrots. Watching them preening, screaming over our heads, excavating nests or apparently checking us out on ´ fly-bys´ has just been amazing. They never cease to brighten us up and remind us how amazing this wild planet is!

What a difference a day makes……!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Birds, Running, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

What a difference a day makes……!

Yesterday I was at a really low ebb.

We had run nearly 18 miles and the thought of the next four we planned to run was just hideous.

Sweat was pouring off my limbs, my feet felt jarred and knees hot and sore. My chin was heading for the floor as I ran curled up, tired, terribly, with my feet like claws. My running style was desperate, ripe for an injury.

When we finally hit the 24 mile mark, I collapsed (more…)

Q. What is your Favourite Bird in South America?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Questions | 0 comments

Q. What is your Favourite Bird in South America?

Question from 8 year old, George, Morpeth, Northumberland. Thank you very much!

Hmm. Now this is a particularly tricky question for two people who love wildlife and have a particular soft-soft for the feathered variety! Especially, as along the course of the thousands of miles that we have run, it has been birds more than anything that has kept us company.

Watching birds in northern Bolivia

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