Browsing All posts tagged under »Budongo«

Bureaucracy – Day 48

April 20, 2012

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While I was in London I applied for my visa early, carefully writing the start date as March 1st so that I wouldn’t have to wait in line with all the other plebs getting off the plane late at night at Entebbe’s border control. But when I was handed back my passport from the Ugandan […]

Jasonga – Day 41

April 18, 2012

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It’s taken a while but I’ve finally had my first encounter with a pit-sawyer. It wasn’t hostile so I wasn’t chased out of the forest by people brandishing spears (stop panicking Mum and Dad!!). It was in fact instigated by me and the man I questioned is retired and pushing 70. They call him Jasonga […]

Easter Holidays – Day 34

April 8, 2012

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Yesterday most people decided to leave camp for the four-day public holiday to go and see their families during Easter. It’s a big holiday here and people stop work on Thursday afternoon and make long journeys back to the villages. I was going to be the only student left behind as the other Westerners went […]

Sweet Spot – Day 33

April 8, 2012

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I’ve finally sussed where the best spot in camp is to get a signal for the internet. I’m at a slight disadvantage to the other students because my laptop battery has died and I need to be plugged into the mains. However with the help of an extension lead if I pull the wire as […]

Arrests – Day 31

April 4, 2012

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I have now successfully cut all my transect lines in N5 off grid. It’s been bloody hard work and not without injury. Yesterday I suffered a fall. I had to climb over a fallen tree blocking our path. After I managed to hoist myself on top of the trunk I then had to jump down. […]

Panic Over – Day 27

April 1, 2012

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“In the areas you’re working, there is only millenii,” said Dr Fred Babweterra filling the kettle. It was music to my ears and the elation and relief swept across my face leaving me beaming at Dr Fred. “Africana is much smaller, it doesn’t grow more than 5m high and the trunk is not as thick. […]

Panic attack – Day 26

April 1, 2012

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Just when you think your research is going to plan, you realise you’ve got so much more to do and you question whether you’ve been complacent. Today I had a panic attack. Isaac came to see me in “my office”. It’s the room adjacent to my bedroom where everyone in House 4 can plug-in mobiles […]

Flies – Day 25

April 1, 2012

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In the last few days I seem to have gotten more bites. Some are on the nape of my neck, I have one on my big toe, there’s another in-between my knuckles on my right hand, one under my armpit and most irritatingly a bite below my temple just where my ear starts. At first […]

Cobwebs and Caterpillars – Day 23

April 1, 2012

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It’s the start of the week and my mission is to cut three transect lines off grid by Wednesday in N5. Moses (Lemi) and Moses (number two) turned up with their Pangas (machetes) sharpened, bright and early and eager to start. Historically, N5 is a highly logged compartment and conservationists at the Budongo Field Station […]

Black Stone – Day 18

March 25, 2012

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The local people here believe that if you get bitten by a Cobra the only thing that will save your life is The Black Stone. “What is this Black Stone?” I asked Isaac and Herbert. “It was given the name because a Blacksmith first used it,“ said Herbert as he shoveled in another mouth food […]