World-touring cyclists visit World Land Trust’s only UK reserve

 
Camilla and Julian Read at Kites Hill

 A couple cycling from the UK to Singapore fundraising for World Land Trust have visited our only UK reserve, Kites Hill in Gloucestershire.

Camilla and Julian Read have already crossed 14 countries, from their home in West Sussex across Europe to Azerbaijan, and they have returned to the UK for six weeks before embarking on the second leg of their journey. Along the way, Camilla and Julian Read are planning to visit some of World Land Trust’s project areas in the UK, India and Vietnam.

Camilla explains why they chose to fundraiser for World Land Trust, “We settled on World Land Trust because of their approach to international landscape and wildlife preservation. Both our previous jobs have involved environmental management, of which, communication with local parties is always paramount to success. World Land Trust’s approach to develop partnerships with local communities resonated with both of us.”

Kites Hill: a very special nature reserve

Ancient beech woodland at Kites Hill, Gloucestershire

Ancient beech woodland at Kites Hill, Gloucestershire

Camilla and Julian chose to visit World Land Trust’s only UK project area, Kites Hill Reserve in Gloucestershire, before starting the second part of their journey. The reserve includes ancient beech woodland and meadow habitats, and is home to British wildlife such as roe deer, kestrel, great spotted woodpecker, and six species of bat.

“We were keen to design a route which intersected some of the habitats World Land Trust has helped protect along our way, and Kites Hill is the perfect place to start” says Julian. “We have already cycled through and wild camped in some awe-inspiring landscapes, but we never want to forget how important wildlife conservation is at home too.”

“But it is strange that our next stop for a World Land Trust project will be hopefully the subtropical forests of the Garo Hills in India, home to elephants and gibbons! Then our last visit will ideally be to Khe Nuoc Trong in Vietnam, where if we are lucky we may see the most beautiful primate in the world, the Red-shanked Douc.”

More information

The couple begin the next leg of their journey mid-September in Uzbekistan, and will cycle across the continent of Asia to Singapore. They have already raised almost £3,000 for wildlife conservation; donations can be made on their JustGiving page and supporters can follow their progress on their website and Instagram.

You can find more information about ways to fundraise for World Land Trust or how to donate to help save threatened habitats here.

 

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