Casuarina Planting at Gazi Primary School

Originally posted on Gazi Mangrove Project:
Yesterday, 193 students at Gazi Primary School participated in planting nearly 300 Casuarina seedlings on school grounds.  These seedlings will supplement the 3,000 trees recently planted as part of the Gazi Mangrove Project. The students learned that Casuarina trees are hard wood trees that can be used as a…

Shimba hills nature reserve

It was an early morning to begin our safari day, and I always enjoy watching the moon fade as the sky goes from starry black to blue. The stars here are incredibly bright and in the daytime the sky is so, so blue that I could stare up there all day and night. We arrived…

Romantic sunrise with the crabs

Sunrise in the mangroves is a dream! I’ve learnt so much about them over the past few weeks and it’s amazing sitting here watching all the burrowing crabs emerge from their burrows and sassily throw sand around!As soon as I move, all the crabs return to their burrows, so I have no photos… but now…

Sustainable livelihoods

Today we visited the fish ponds in Makongeni, South Kenya. There is a local group in the village (90% women) who run the fish ponds. They gain benefits for the community (from selling the fish product) whilst avoiding using and degrading the local mangrove ecosystem. There are five fish ponds, with milkfish of different life…

Mikoko Pamoja

We have had fascinating talks about the management of mangrove ecosystems and learnt all about PES (payment for ecosystem services) this week. Here in Gazi Bay, South Kenya, the two villages (Gazi and Makongeni) conserve the local mangroves by replanting new seedlings and protecting the existing forest in a project called Mikoko Pamoja, loosely translated…

WIO Mangrove Training

Today the two week course in Western Indian Ocean (WIO) mangroves started! We have had some fascinating talks already about mangrove distribution and services, threats to mangroves and then the general biology, ecology and phenology of mangroves. Somebody mentioned evolution of mangrove trees… I’m excited to read up on this later because there are visible…

Chapati the cat

Today we did do work (I promise!), but we also found an abandoned cat. We fed it milk and it escalated, and it is now named chapati…!

Monkey take over

Much to my excitement, our dinner hut was full of monkeys when we came back for lunch! They scarpered as soon as we walked in (unfortunately… as I was in awe!). They were climbing all over the surrounding trees and roofs, and stared at us whilst we ate! It looks like the black-faced vervet monkey…

A day off in Kenya 

I’ve arrived in Kenya for my 6 month research trip with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). It’s a day off work for my first day in Kenya (it’s Sunday). I had the worlds juiciest mango for breakfast, and the worlds most flavoursome beans for lunch. I met some lovely people and got so…

SCUBA diving in Anglesey, UK

All my UK diving so far has been with Anglesey Divers (click here for the website!), and I would thoroughly recommend them if you find yourself in this neck of the woods- a great bunch of guys who are professional and a good laugh! Believe it or not, those beautiful clear blue waters in the photo…