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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...

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How to become a Wildlife Detective

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

How to become a Wildlife Detective

As you skip through the woods, fields or moorland or perhaps view the world from atop of a gnarly oak tree, do you ever wonder…. Where do animals hide during the day….? Do animals follow paths, even motorways….? What do they eat…..? Why not become a WILDLIFE DETECTIVE and start sniffing, watching & feeling for Wild Signs, to find out who has passed by….? ???Look for hair stuck on barbed wire or brambles, examine the shape of burrows and abandoned nests, look at the prints in soft mud, where have animals marked their territories and in what...

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Meeting schools and children along the road…

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard | 0 comments

Meeting schools and children along the road…

One of our favourite parts of the running day: Running with school children whom we meet along the road; giving presentations about the run and the natural world; meeting with the students, teachers and head teachers and learning more about the countries we´re running through..  PRESENTING:    Thank you Head Teacher Graciela and all the students! We´ve just run into Bolivia and have met with two rural schools on the road from Yacuiba to Santa Cruz, presenting to children from 4 to 14 years old. Thank you Head Teacher Carmen and all the students!   Thank you Head Teacher Jorge...

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Relief: In the Andes Rain Shadow.

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard | 0 comments

Relief: In the Andes Rain Shadow.

Key Words: Precipitation, Pacific Ocean, Chile, Prevailing Wind, Andes, Vapour, Condensation, Glaciers, Adapt, Rain shadow, Relief Rain For the first part of our expedition we ran through rain and snow in southern Chile. Precipitation is the term used for rain, sleet, hail and snow; any form of water that falls from the sky. This precipitation begins to form over the Pacific Ocean which lies to the west of Chile. Wind blows from the west collecting moisture from the sea. It travels eastwards as the prevailing wind (the most common wind direction). When air reaches land it is forced to rise...

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Poo Glorious Poo!!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard | 0 comments

Poo Glorious Poo!!

Key word: Decomposition We spend lots of time looking down as we run, as we need to avoid the boulders and thorns. What we also see is poo- don’t worry not David’s or mine! No, sheep, horse and cattle dung. Have you ever examined the dung of your local cow or horse? Well you should! What we find is a whole community, a city if you like of worms, beetles, bugs and all manner of insects. They are busily converting the lovely moist brown stuff into nutrient rich soil. This is called decomposition. Sometimes you can find grasses and plants already taking up residence in this magical kingdom...

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Life in tropical rainforests

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

Life in tropical rainforests

Question Part 2.  From four year old Benjamin, Dulverton, UK What sort of animals live in the rainforest? ANSWER: We can’t wait to be running through the Amazon tropical rainforest of Brazil and Bolivia. Tropical rainforests have the most different plants and animals of anywhere in the world. This is partly because all animals depend on green plants; which form the base of the food chain. The animals of the tropical rain forests live in a “giant natural green house”; it is very hot with lots of rain. Such an environment is perfect for plants to grow tall and large very quickly....

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