Conservation

Our one week old son marches for the planet!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Alternative Energy, Conservation | 0 comments

Our one week old son marches for the planet!

One week after his birth (on 21st September 2014)  Theo, our son was with us in Newcastle on a climate change march set up by his Father, David. David stood up in front of over 350 people in the town centre and read out a letter ‘from Theo’, ” Hi, my name is Theo and although you probably don’t know me yet, I am citizen 7 billion, 221 million, 25 thousand and 989th on this planet. I was born last week. I wanted to say, “Hi” and to let you know that it has only been a short while, but I love this planet as it is. I know you may think that growth or GDP,...

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Join us at the BirdFair

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Birdlife International, Birds, Conservation, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

Join us at the BirdFair

Dave and I are heading south this Friday 15th August. We’re catching the train to Rutland for our last migration (sadly not on foot!)  before the baby arrives in mid September (hopefully she/he doesn’t surface before!) We’re joining forces with Swarovski-optiks our binocular sponsor for the expedition & will be presenting, “Running with Parrots, Anteaters & Snakes: 6,500 miles across South America” on Saturday @16.30. We’d love to see you there. The BirdFair is an amazing international bird & wildlife emporium jostling with: talks, stalls,...

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The Ultimate Marathoners Return to the UK!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Birds, Conservation, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

The Ultimate Marathoners Return to the UK!

Imagine running a marathon day after day. How about running six marathons a day for six weeks?! Well it may not be humanly possible, but as you walk to your local shop, to the allotments or playing fields, you could be in the presence of an animal that has done exactly that; the barn swallow. Travelling over 6,500 miles from its wintering grounds in southern Africa: threading through ancient trees in the Congo rainforest, under the gaze of African grey parrots, lowland gorillas and forest elephants; slicing over the rolling dunes of the Sahara desert; catching midges amongst the olive groves...

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A meeting with HRH Prince Charles

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Conservation, Hero Of The Week, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A meeting with HRH Prince Charles

I wrote a letter, sitting on the bank of a stream, my back nestled in the buttress roots of a spiralling Bolivian rainforest tree. Enormous plate-sized, electric-blue, morpho-butterflies wafted over my hand. Beads of sweat formed rivulets down my back and tiny fish darted past my toes. The letter was to HRH Prince Charles about our expedition and how meeting him, a staunch advocate and conservationist of our natural world, would give us a tremendous boost during the many hot, sweaty, insect-infested miles that lay ahead. Miraculously he wrote back saying, “I am hugely impressed that you are...

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“Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”; Roz Savage’s Pacific Ocean Book

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Conservation, Hero Of The Week | 0 comments

“Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”; Roz Savage’s Pacific Ocean Book

We’re back on our 80 yr old home (our boat) in Uruguay & remarkably she’s still floating! Before we left the UK I managed to get my hands on a copy of Roz Savage’s, “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”. Amazing! A rare, up-close & personal glimpse of life at sea in the Pacific through the eyes of a world first ocean rower. From a bum red-raw with rowing, to capsizing, dealing with raucous booby-bird neighbours and gliding through slicks of plastic rubbish. It navigates the reader through the trials and intense beauty of life on the high seas, as well as exploring a different...

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Back to School !

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Conservation, Running, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

Back to School !

“Nothing has changed!” I tell the new head mistress, “but the ceilings seem a bit lower”, as we stroll these small, colourfully decorated corridors which looked so spacious thirty years ago! We may have finished the running part, but “Running South America” continues back on home shores as we visit our former schools (and others who have followed us through the “BigToe” Classroom) to share our adventure and passion for the natural world. During the run itself we provided many ad hoc presentations with schools we passed on the road, and we discovered it was the perfect...

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