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New look for the WLT website and eBulletin
Following feedback from supporters and individuals
in the web design industry, the WLT has updated its website for
Summer 2003. The new design is intended to be quick loading, and
features many new sections (and old sections reorganised). Pete
has tested the site on as many computers he can find, but would
love to hear any opinions on what you think of the new site design.
Rare Species on WLT reserves: The Imperial snipe Gallinago
|The illustration by Paul Greenfield from "The
Birds of Ecuador" by Robert Ridgely and Paul Greenfield
Supporters who help save rainforests with the WLT,
are helping to save some of the most endangered animals and plants
in the world. The following is some information about The Imperial
snipe, from Nigel Simpson in Ecuador.
For almost a century this was one of the world's
mystery birds as it was known only from two specimens, the source
of which was uncertain. It was first 'discovered' in life in 1967
in the Andes of Peru, and was first found in Ecuador in 1990 by
Niels Krabbe, high on Volcan Pichincha, who subsequently located
the species at 12 other sites in Ecuador.
It is very retiring in its behaviour, but is noted for its spectacular
display flight just before dawn and at dusk, when it flies high
in the sky and descends to perch on thick horizontal branches while
emitting its strange calls.
It lives in elfin forest at the treeline/paramo border at about
3000-3500 metres altitude in the tropical Andes of Colombia, Ecuador
|Cerro Tapichalaca reserve, this view was taken
at dawn, March 2003, from the actual display site of the Imperial
Snipe (at about 3000 metres)
These images (more to be found on our website)
were taken at Cerro Tapichalaca reserve of Jocotoco Foundation where
a substantial population of Imperial Snipe was found during survey
work in February 2003, by Niels Krabbe, and his assistant Joanne
Heathcote. Despite thick mist, so often encountered in this habitat,
they give a vivid impression of the environment in which the bird
lives. This special bird can also be encountered (at dawn or dusk)
at the Jocotoco Foundation Yanacocha reserve on Volcan Pichincha
More information about the snipe, and pictures
of the reserve in Ecuador can be found on our website.
New Project announcement
Elephant acres? shares in Elephants? - the World
Land Trust will be announcing a new project in India very soon.
The project involves helping a local tribe protect their forest,
and the wild elephants that live within it by creating a corridor
between protected areas. More information will be in the next eBulletin,
and on the WLT website. In the meantime, Pete is looking for ideas
of how the WLT could raise money for the project on the web. So
if you have a catchy, original and novel idea, which would make
a great gift please email it over to
More news can be found on our website.
Carbon balance summer flying
Flying abroad this summer? The World Land Trust
suggests you have a look at www.carbonbalanced.org
- the site includes a calculator which works out how many acres
you need to save to help balance the carbon from your flight. With
more and more people taking up cheap flight offers, spending just
a small part of the cost of your holiday can help save rainforest,
which absorbs CO2. If everyone who is flying abroad this summer
saved just one acre each, that would be enough to buy and protect
many thousands acres of rainforest in Ecuador.
Did you enjoy Life on Earth?
Sir David Attenborough will be launching the World
Land Trust memorial appeal for former trustee Christopher Parsons
OBE, who sadly died last year. Christopher was a long time supporter
of the trust, and 20 years ago was responsible for bringing Life
on Earth to our screens. He was the brains behind many other conservation
projects, including the new Arkive
"digital noah's art" project in Bristol .
The WLT is buying another reserve in Ecuador -
which will be managed by our local partners the Jocotoco Foundation,
to become a fitting memorial. You can make a donation
online, or by calling the WLT office on 01986 874422.