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Have you visited one of WLT's conservation projects?

World Land Trust (WLT) funds nature reserves in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, home to a wealth of wildlife. Our partners rely on small-scale ecotourism to fund their conservation projects, so by visiting their reserves you are directly helping to support the natural world. We would love to hear about your experiences visiting the reserves – please share them below:

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Submitted by Ruth Canning on

My visit to Guatemala is definitely one that I’ll never forget. I got the opportunity to visit the country in 2011 as part of my work here at WLT. Specifically I was there to meet WLT programme partner FUNDAECO and visit the WLT supported Laguna Grande reserve.

One of the best ways to reach the reserve is by boat from the lively coastal town of Livingston, and that's exactly what I did alongside Marco Cerezo (CEO) and some of the FUNDAECO team. From Livingston we headed in the direction of Belize, and finally inwards along the very beautiful Rio Sarstún.

Along the way I had the opportunity to meet members of the Sarstún Fishing Association and see their impressive fish farm. From there we travelled to our accommodation at the Lagunita Creek Eco Lodge. Situated in the core of the Rio Sarstun Multiple Use Area, the lodge is run by Women’s Committee for the Barra Sarstun Community, working in collaboration with FUNDAECO.

Meeting the rangers is always one of the highlights for me, and I especially enjoyed hearing their stories about encounters and sightings of the elusive Jaguar. I wasn’t lucky enough to see one myself but I did see lots of amazing wildlife.

Just being in the forest and kayaking along the lagoon was a special experience for me. I would definitely encourage any visitors to Guatemala to take the time to visit the Laguna Grande reserve. If you’re lucky you might even see a Manatee.

Ruth
WLT Conservation Programs Officer

Submitted by Charlotte Beckham on

I have visited Kites Hill a couple of times now and look forward to my next visit as part of my work to manage our only UK reserve. It is a beautiful site and for British wildlife lovers it is the perfect place to wander on a sunny afternoon.

Spring is a great time to visit for bird watching and in March this year we counted nearly 20 species without even trying, including a Red Kite the reserve’s name-sake and the highlight of our day! The nature trail takes you through the ancient  beech woodland, across the organically managed pasture and around the wildlife pond providing plenty of opportunity for you to take in the wildlife and the traditional landscape.

I also recommend visiting in the autumn, although still to visit this time of year myself, I have heard the autumn leaves of the beech trees are stunning! So if you live in the area or are planning a visit to the wonderful Cotswold Hills, I definitely recommend a visit to the reserve.

Charlotte
WLT Conservation Development Assistant

Submitted by Helena Akerlund on

It's safe to say that Paraguay isn't a top holiday destination and most people probably know very little about the country. Whilst this is a pity, since the country has so much to offer, it's also a blessing, as it means it’s possible to really get away from it all, without encountering hoards of other tourists. If it’s wilderness you’re after, you’ll find it in Paraguay!

I had the opportunity to visit Paraguay in 2007 and I was lucky enough to get to experience the remote Chaco-Pantanal Reserve, a 15 hour drive from the capital Asunción, of which nine hours were across very bumpy terrain where the roads become impassable when it rains. Alternatively you can travel to the area by cargo boat, but it takes a week! For those wanting to get there quicker, a plan may be able to land you in the reserve if the weather isn’t too stormy. The nearest settlement is an hour away by boat and the nearest hospital is 300km away and although Bolivia is just the other side of the river, there are no official crossings. Yes, it really is rather remote!

This reserve consists of dense, almost impenetrable forests and vast wetlands. A resident jaguar is occasionally seen walking through the Three Giants field station and on the man-made tracks surrounding the buildings you can spot howler monkeys, countless species of birds, caimans and the three giants that have given the field station its name: Giant Otter and Giant Anteater and Giant Armadillo. We didn’t see the anteaters, armadillos or the big cat, but we heard growls and saw some impressive scratch marks on a tree trunk, which, believe me, was good enough for us! In contrast, we saw a whole otter family swimming past the field station: 12 individuals of different ages, bobbing about in the water and having a good look around before carrying on. Being a real mammal lover, this in itself made the whole trip worthwhile!

So why Paraguay, and why the Pantanal? Well, it's a heaven for birdwatchers for a start. And even the novice – like me- can't fail to see a huge number of species. And if you want a complete wilderness experience, the Pantanal is definitely for you. It’s cheap to stay in Paraguay and to get around and the fact that there aren’t many other tourists makes it feel extra special. Finally, by visiting these reserves you are helping ensure that they are financially sustainable. And that, of course, will ensure the continuous protection for the multitude of species that live there.

Helena
WLT Web Editor

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