FUNDS NEEDED FOR IBIS SCHEME

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The re­cov­ery of Morocco’s North­ern Bald Ibis pop­u­la­tion (Bird Watch­ing, April) is cer­tainly a suc­cess story, but the team on the ground is short of money. I was there in March with a group from Honeyguide Wildlife Hol­i­days. We met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from GREPOM (Birdlife Morocco) and the Souss-massa Na­tional Park, the key or­gan­i­sa­tions that col­lab­o­rate in the war­den­ing ef­fort. Sadly, they are strug­gling to pay the war­dens. Honeyguide’s hol­i­days all sup­port a local con­ser­va­tion project. In this case, we were able to give them £800, which roughly cov­ers two war­dens’ costs for two months. That’s a start, but as there are seven war­dens cover­ing all the nest­ing cliffs, there’s still a big short­fall. Fund­ing is of­ten a chal­lenge for long-run­ning con­ser­va­tion projects, and I won­der if the Moroc­can au­thor­i­ties have been so used to help from over­seas that they haven’t yet grasped the iconic na­ture of the species. If any­one would like to do­nate to help North­ern Bald Ibises, you can do that via the Honeyguide Wildlife Char­i­ta­ble Trust and we will get the money to GREPOM at the sharp end. Chris Dur­din, via email Web: honeyguide.co.uk Email: chris@honeyguide.co.uk

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