This summer, I am volunteering as a conservation research assistant with Operation Wallacea on an expedition to Mexico...
To support this, I am taking on a sponsored multi-day walk from the centre of Edinburgh along the coast to Dunbar, and then back again, on April 8th and 9th. See my Facebook post for more information on this!
The purpose of the expedition is the research which contributes towards the protection of the fascinating but endangered native species, which I will be assisting with. This will involve monitoring different animal populations in the Mayan jungle, and conducting surveys of the reefs of Akumal Bay, where turtles reside, but face threats from exposure to tourism. The conservation of these ecosystems is incredibly important, and something I am extremely keen to be a part of.
Personally, I will also be able to gain experience in a field of work I have a serious interest in. To go from studying the theory in my Biological Sciences degree to experiencing the truth in the real world, I will have to raise a lot of money, around £4200 in total. Having other fundraising methods, I am not expecting to raise all of this through online sponsorship. However, every donation would be a significant contribution, and I am eager to meet my target of £600 through Go Get Funding before my final payment on May 1st!
I would like to thank every individual who takes an interest in this cause, and who assists by either spreading the word, or donating themselves!