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The National Tree Seed Centre – Day 88

May 30, 2012

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  Ten kilometres outside of Kampala’s city centre is the National Tree Seed Centre. It’s a plot of land set just off Jinja Road, its location is somewhat out-of-place along the busy main artery towards Jinja and Kenya. The variety of seeds found here are many, but my interest is in one seed in particular […]

Biodiversity and Conservation – Days 82 and 83

May 27, 2012

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I have to say I think I have been blessed by the people I’ve been meeting during this mini adventure. Maybe it’s the expression I wear that diverts the idiots, not sure, but I’m glad it’s working. The night before the start of the two-day biodiversity and conservation conference I was sat in the reception […]

Chimps – Day 56

April 29, 2012

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This morning was my officially my last day in the forest and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I awoke to the sound of the Sonso chimps feeding and hooting in the mango trees outside my house at 5am and two hours later I was following them through the forest, struggling to keep up. Geresomu […]

What should you do if you see a lion? – Day 32

April 4, 2012

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This is a question that was troubling me before I left the UK. I had heard stories that in the past the Budongo Forest Reserve had lions. I for one like to plan for the unexpected – failing to plan is like planning to fail – and let’s face it, if you were eyeball to […]

Something Borrowed – Day 12

March 18, 2012

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Last night I asked the project director if there was any ribbon on site or whether the villagers in the centre a few miles away might sell some. I’m fast using up the Elastoplast he bought me and I need to be able to mark and lay out all of my plots by Friday. He […]

Line 2 – Day 13

March 18, 2012

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Before I left London, my supervisor said to me don’t be surprised if you don’t see any chimps while walking up and down your lines. Look out for signs such as nests or faeces. Well today I had the good fortune of not just spotting two chimps in the area where I was working; but […]

Rain – Day 10

March 18, 2012

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Jaana, nvua ness-sa ming-gee sana (Yesterday the rain was very heavy). I woke up to what sounded like pebbles falling onto the tin roof above my head. I looked at my watch and it read 0305. The wind was howling and as I crawled out from underneath my mossie net and peered through the curtains, […]