Ah ! well a-day ! what evil looks
Had I from old and young !
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.
The famous lines from Coleridge’s ‘Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’ are strongly associated with the Quantock Hills in Somerset where they were most likely written. These hills are also the location of an event called the Ancestor’s Trail based on Darwin’s Tree of Life, which is this year raising money for the RSPB and World Land Trust.
The RSPB is currently running a ‘Save the albatross’ campaign because albatrosses are becoming threatened faster than any other family of birds. The cause? Discarded fish bait containing hooks that ensnare foraging albatrosses under the water. Tens of thousands of albatrosses die like this every year.
The World Land Trust is another nature conservation charity but works in a rather different way . Here is what Sir David Attenborough says about them: "The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of."The WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves and give permanent protection to habitat and their wildlife. One of the key species that has benefitted from its work is the Great Green Macaw.
How this pitch will support the RSPB and World Land Trust:
Wildlife art has proved a tremendously effective method by which to promote biodiversity. Victoria Gugenheim is a body artist, ranked 3rd in the World with her partner Wolf& 39;s Bodymagic for their UV work, whose work is often inspired by nature and science. She is planning to attend the Ancestor& 39;s Trail and paint two beautiful hand-art pieces including the Albatross and a Great Green Macaw (see images below) in order to support the work of these charities and promote the Ancestor& 39;s Trail & 39;Year of the Bird& 39;.
How does this pitch work?
As with all crowd-funded projects, this project will only come into existence if enough people invest in our pitch. So, if you would like to become part of making this happen AND, in so doing support the work of the World Land Trust and the RSPB then we promise to split anything we raise three ways - between the RSPB, WLT and Victoria& 39;s materials, travel and accommodation expenses.
However crowfunding is not just about giving. You get something back, and the more you give, the more you get back - look at our rewards to your right.
But what happens if you have invested but we don’t meet our target? - everyone gets their money back and you have nothing to lose (well strictly very little –see the last paragraph below).
Are you local to Somerset? If you would like to see Victoria’s body painting in action you can join our walk near Taunton on Saturday 25th August: http://ancestorstrail.net/
HOW to INVEST:
On the right hand side you will see the REWARDS. Simply click on whichever option you prefer and then click FUND NOW. Then follow the steps for payment via PAY PAL etc. Assuming the pitch is successful, you will receive an e-mail detailing what happens next , depending on your chosen reward.
Small print detail: in the interests of transparency, if we don’t make the pitch, the only funds you’d lose would be the initial 3.4% mentioned above and the same % again when they return the funds to your PAY PAL account. In these circumstances Crowdfunder gain nothing, unlike some other similar online crowd-sourcing services).