14th February 2001




Students and staff from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside are to spend a month on expedition in Malawi this summer… provided they can raise the funds.


The university has already pledged £5,000 for the research expedition, which is being organised by Welbourn-based conservation organisation Biosearch Nyika.


Learning Support staff Paul Robertson and Nicky Vohra-Beurens will join Environmental Studies students David Cribb, Kate Burrows and Mark Gilroy and Forensic Science student Emma Powsey on the trip.


Along with two students from De Montfort University and others from Imperial College London and Edinburgh University they will observe game, study the ecology of baboons and track poacher activity in the wilderness areas of the Nyika National Park work in the north of Malawi.


“This will be a wilderness experience which will be of tremendous value both to our staff and students and to the Malawi National Park,” explained Dorothy Gennard, an Environmental Studies and Forensic Science lecturer at the university in Lincoln.


Biosearch co-ordinator Marianne Overton added: “Together students, game scouts and Malawian scientists will carry out front-line research and make a direct contribution to the conservation of wildlife.


"Our support will enable the game scouts to reach the remotest areas which are normally inaccessible.”


Between now and July the students each need to raise £2,200. They are planning a series of fund-raising events and would love to hear from any local business or individual willing to sponsor them.


But not only financial support is welcome – the team is happy to take any form of support that can be sold to raise cash or donations to be distributed among the local people in Malawi.


Paul Robertson is a biologist and an IT specialist while Nicky Vohra-Beurens will use her skills as a photographer to record the expedition and beam images via satellite to Lincoln, where they will be posted daily on the university’s web site.


If you can support the expedition in any way please contact Dorothy Gennard on 01522 886885 or Marianne Overton on 01400 273323.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

Marianne Overton, Biosearch Nyika (tel: 01400 273323)