The Western Area National Park is a forest reserve in Sierra Leone that still holds one of the last strongholds of pristine forest in the country and represents a significant portion of the remaining forest cover in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot. The park is rich in diverse species, with a range of hills and steep mountains that border the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.
The 10th of May 2018 was an ordinary day for the Ba’ale of Mokore, the chief of Mokore village near Omo Bioshpere Reserve – that is, until the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF, BirdLife Nigeria) called on him. He hadn’t heard much about World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) before, but he was aware that some bird species would arrive at his village and then disappear, only to return after some time.
It’s a refuge for Endangered species found at only a handful of other sites. It stores rainwater, traps carbon and even regulates the local climate. But this unique and globally important forest has no formal protection.
The wide use, and poor waste management, of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Malawi has recently become a major concern for government, environmental and conservation organisations, and advocates of a safe and healthy environment. Plastic bag pollution threatens the country’s ecosystems at all levels including land, river and lakes. Plastic packages have replaced natural and biodegradable materials as a cheap, quick way to package food and shopping items – leading to debates on the negative effects that their disposal could have on the environment and people’s health.
SANParks Honorary Rangers Marakele Region takes pleasure in inviting you to join us for an unforgettable birding weekend at the Marakele National Park, in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. The Marakele National Park is a true birding haven.
Nimrod Mifsud, BirdLife Malta's newly nominated Nature's Hero, made headlines in the international press in 2014. With Nimrod's assistance, British naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham was making a documentary on Malta's controversial spring hunting of migrant birds. While Nimrod and the BBC crew were making their way along a public footpath through land claimed for exclusive use by hunters, he was arrested and charged with trespassing, after allegedly being abused and threatened.
Let’s face it: kids are much more likely to watch birds coming to a feeder that they’ve made themselves. We see birds every day, but if you want to get into the mind-set of a bird, and really think about what life is like for the fluttering friends on the other side of the window, you need to get your hands dirty – or, at least, slightly sticky with peanut butter.
This timely partnership takes place in a setting where Burkina Faso’s nature is bending under the pressure of human activity. The unbridled race towards raw materials, and the imperative of economic development, is not always compatible with sustainable production and consumption. It’s an age-old tale : humanity’s needs are unlimited, but resources are rare. Our current mode of development is reaching its limits, and it is necessary to find a new balance between man and his environment.
Gbessay Sannoh and Bockerie Sama are standing in a shady rainforest amongst the whooping sounds of hornbills and leafy cocoa trees. They’re at the edge of the Gola Rainforest in Sierra Leone, where for generations thousands of cocoa trees have been grown by their people – the Goleagorbu, small-scale farmers. While chatting and joking they break open the large, golden-yellow cocoa pods with smooth-handled wooden clubs.