In March this year, as part of the field work for her Graduate Diploma in Conservation Administration, Alison Lewis went to the rainforests of Paraguay to study the butterflies.
Alison was based at the Kanguery Biological Station, which is in the Guyra Reta Reserve. This reserve forms part of the 16,700 acres owned and protected in San Rafael by WLT's partners, Guyra Paraguay. Most of San Rafael is privately owned which means that its protection is not adequately enforced, but it is still the last sizeable fragment of the Atlantic Rainforest to survive in Paraguay.
Alison's research on the butterflies focussed on comparing them in different habitats in and around the forests. She was hampered by record-breaking storms (15cm of rain in 24 hours), but still managed to gather some valuable data, which she is now evaluating.
Alison was one of the first researchers to stay at the recently completed facilities at the Kanguery Biological Station, which can now accommodate up to 16 students.
The Graduate Diploma in Conservation and Project Administration is a postgraduate course run jointly by the World Land Trust (WLT) and the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich. UEA are planning more research programmes for the future. For further information on the Graduate Diploma visit WLT's Education Pages.