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Alumni of the University of Essex matchfunded £450
Wildlife sense are a research and conservation project based in Kefalonia which aim to protect the loggerhead sea turtles. For 2 weeks in September I will be volunteering to help monitor nests and raise awareness of the endangered species and what can be done to help protect their nests.
My name is Georgia Northway, and I am 18 years old. I am currently studying Marine Biology at the University of Essex and would like to become a part of the volunteering team for Wildlife sense because eventually, I'd like to go into conservation of marine animals. This opportunity will allow me to gain first hand knowledge and experience in my chosen career path.
The aim of this project is to protect the loggerhead turtles and to monitor their activity. Wildlife sense are a non profit organisation that researches and conserves the loggerhead turtle population around Kefalonia. To do this they identify threats and take appropriate action to eradicate them.
The main threats are fishing nets, light pollution in nests, and beach visitors. At each trip to the beach a risk assessment of the damage by weather and erosion is completed and nests at risk are monitored - if there is a significant risk, they are relocated. Each nest is clearly marked so any passing tourists and locals to the beach do not cause any damage.
The money raised will cover the cost of my travel, accommodation and training.
Minimum Target: £900
Accomodation and project - £450
Travel to and from Kefalonia (flights, minibus) +-£450
Stretch Goal: £1000
To cover any fluctuation in flight costs and extra kit and equipment I may need.
To find out more visit the Wildlife sense website https://wildlifesense.com/en/
Any donations are hugely appreciated and will be put towards ensuring we can do as much as possible for the Loggerhead Turtles!
As a thank you for your kind donation you will receive a small gift to show my appreciation for helping me participate in this project!
Even if you can't give, I would really appreciate it if you could share my project with all your friends and family, and anybody you chat to! The more people that know- the greater chance of success:) Promotion is just as important as donation, and I can't thank you enough.
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