Browsing All posts tagged under »Cordia millenii«

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 […]

Masindi Prison – Day 76

May 18, 2012

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The door to Masindi Prison is grey, heavy and made of steel. I lifted the door knocker outside and banged hard, after a few seconds I heard the jangling of keys and the sound of a bolt sliding across a latch. The door swung open to reveal a smartly dressed guard wearing a red beret […]

The Cutter – Day 72

May 14, 2012

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Kalegeja is only 4km from Biiso. The road there is quiet and discreet and the village is tiny. Everyone knows everything about each other and the accepted practice of pit-sawing is seen as one man’s way of overcoming poverty and providing for his family. The Budongo Forest is on their doorstep, and the reserve is […]

Fish – Day 54

April 28, 2012

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Next week is my last at camp Budongo. I feel quite emotional about it. I love the surroundings, the staff; field assistants, the researchers and Mary’s cooking (chapatis just won’t taste the same elsewhere!). It will be hard to leave dry-eyed even for a cynical old boot like me. Nine weeks have vanished, but I […]

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 […]

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 […]