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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 […]

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 […]

The Primatarium in Kings Cross

August 15, 2011

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Earlier this month I was intrigued to learn there was a Primatarium in Kings Cross during the end of the 1970s. It took over the site of where Scala nightclub in Kings Cross currently stands, but there’s very little information about what it offered the public. I imagined it was place where people would pay […]

East Africa’s worst drought – or is this the shape of things to come?

July 8, 2011

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At eight forty-five this morning I was on a train heading out of London to Cambridge. I squeezed into a seat sandwiched between wide-eyed, anxious teenagers and their somewhat smug parents. After all even if your kid is bright enough to get into the historic university, you still need some serious cash to afford the […]

Have you heard? Ken leaves Barbie behind over deforestation

June 22, 2011

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They’ve been an item for as long as I can remember, but now the romance is over. Trophy bird Barbie is finding out what it’s like to be left on the shelf without her beloved Ken, following an ecological row. The plastic princess usually presents herself in pretty pink boxes but an investigation by the […]

Madagascar’s creatures great and small

June 6, 2011

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They say good things come in small packages and one new species recently discovered is so small it weighs the same as just three cups of cereal. A feather-weight among primates, Berthe’s mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae), is 10cm long and weighs around 30g. This primate is so small it even trumps the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella […]