4th February 2003

 

EXPEDITION HEADS FOR THE WILDERNESS OF MALAWI

 

Adventurous staff and students from the University of Lincoln are to spend a month on expedition in Malawi this Easter.

 

Rachel Olson, who works in Learning Resources, and Forensic Science student Catherine Tabor will join a team of 15 carrying out field research in the Nyika National Park in the African bush.

 

They will be followed in the summer by Animal Science students Elaine Freemantle, Victoria Collins and Emily Fereday and other students come from the Universities of Derby, Nottingham Trent, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

 

They will all work alongside local game scouts and professional scientists from Malawi on an expedition run by the Welbourn-based conservation organisation Biosearch Nyika.

 

Together they will track large mammals and assess the success of their populations against poacher activity. Studies on plants, insects and birds will also contribute to the understanding of Malawi’s share of world biodiversity.

 

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

 

Professor Stephen Hall, programme leader for the Conservation Biology degree, added: “It is very important that conservation is done by nationals of the countries themselves, but at the same time being able to exchange ideas and experience is absolutely essential.”

 

Between now and April the students each need to raise £2,500. They are planning a series of fund-raising events and would love to hear from any local businesses or individuals 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.

 

On Saturday 22nd February the team will be out in Lincoln collecting for Conservation in Africa.  If you can support the expedition in any way please contact Marianne Overton on 01400 273323.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042) or

Marianne Overton, Biosearch Nyika (tel: 01400 273323)