Birdwatcher hopes to repeat quadruple-donation success of sponsored all-day birdwatch for Scorched Earth to Forest Haven SEARCH NEWS


Last year, the £5,000 raised by Andy Langley’s sponsored birdwatch became £10,000 thanks to match funding from his employer, Ecclesiastical Insurance, before turning into an incredible £20,000 during Big Match Fortnight.

From dawn ‘til dusk on Oct 12 2019, Andy will be hoping to spot as many different species as he can. In 2018, he spotted 72 species over the 12 hour birdwatch and his hoping to beat that this year! Andy said, “World Land Trust are my favourite conservation charity, with their focus on buying or restoring threatened habitat and then ensuring its long term protection through a network of local partner organisations. Each year, their work becomes even more critical as forests are being cleared, threatening more animals with extinction and reducing the natural world’s ability to counteract the impact of rising carbon emissions.”

Every £1 donated to Andy will become £4 for WLT, helping us to reach our goal to raise £575,000 for Scorched Earth to Forest Haven. The WLT appeal will reforest Vietnam’s barren hills currently overrun with invasive grasses after defoliation over 50 years ago. Although WLT are known to protect existing habitats through land purchase, some biologically important areas, such as Bac Huong Hoa, need restoration first. As Andy explains in a guest post on WLT Trustee, Mark Avery’s, website, “The approach to conservation in this area of Vietnam is a perfect example of all aspects of WLT’s work coming together – mature forest has been protected, new habitat is being restored to extend that forest and WLT also funds a team of rangers to carry out joint law enforcement activities with the local authorities to protect the forest as part of their Keepers of the Wild programme.”

To support Andy’s sponsored birdwatch and help him raise his target of £5,000 – and quadruple it to £20,000 – you can visit his JustGiving page here.

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Scorched Earth to Forest Haven is a reforestation project in north central Vietnam. Your donations will allow Viet Nature to restore 246 acres of degraded landscape.

Big Match Fund Fortnight is an annual event, where a selection of WLT’s corporate and trust supporters pledge to match donations from individual donors. This year we hope to raise £575,000 for this ambitious project.

UPDATE: Due to illness, Andy has had to delay his sponsored birdwatch, but it’s still going ahead!

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