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Sokoke Scops Owl. Image: Per Holmen

Help us save 810 acres of Kenya’s threatened coastal forest. For £100, you can buy an acre of Dakatcha Woodland, saving the home of endangered small wonders like Clarke’s Weaver, Sokoke Scops Owl and the Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew.

Buy an Acre for £100, half an acre for £50, quarter of an acre for £25 – it all adds up to saving Dakatcha.

The future of one of the world’s rarest birds – Clarke’s Weaver – is hanging in the balance. Its only known nesting site was discovered as recently as 2013, deep in the Miombo woodland of Dakatcha, near Malindi on Kenya’s north coast. Less than 2,000 pairs are thought to exist – but illegal charcoal production, uncontrolled pineapple farming among other looming threats could see their precious habitat go up in smoke.

And they’re not the only species at risk. Dakatcha Woodland is also a haven for the Endangered Sokoke Pipit and Sokoke Scops owl, as well as the globally-threatened Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew.

The small things in life matter in Dakatcha. That’s why we’re asking for your help to enable our partner, Nature Kenya, to purchase 810 acres of this leafy wilderness before it’s too late.

Will you help us reach our target of £81,000?

Although Dakatcha has been identified as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) and Important Bird Area (IBA), it currently has no official protection. But if we can successfully raise the funds for its purchase Nature Kenya can begin the land purchase which will result in this rare, vulnerable habitat being given strict protection as a nature reserve.

Flocks of Clarke’s Weaver will be safe nesting, undisturbed, in the seasonal wetlands deep in Dakatcha’s beautiful Brachystegia woodland. Golden-rumped elephant shrews will snuffle to their hearts content through the leaf litter and in the future it might become a safe haven for their giant namesakes the African Elephant, who occasionally wander into Dakatcha from nearby Tsavo National Park and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

As well as the wildlife that calls Dakatcha home, it is also a haven for continent-hopping seasonal birds like Eurasian Rollers, Golden Orioles and nightingales. Dakatcha Woodland is not only a crucial part of Kenya’s natural heritage, but a globally important habitat that has a direct impact on summer migrants that we see in Europe.

Safeguarded for the future, Dakatcha means that local communities will be able to continue relying on Dakatcha’s wooded hills for everything from medicinal plants to water catchment for their crops. And more than ever, we need to save every wild forest we can in order to fight climate change.

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More information about the project can be found here, or if you would like to Buy an Acre today please click on the button below…

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