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 …

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 …