We are off to the amazon rainforest to research and conserve all the wonderful life that can be found there but to get there we really need to get as much funding as possible. I came up with the Parched March idea as my personal fundraising and contribution to getting us to Peru with all the equipment that we could possbly need. I have chosen not only to give up alcohol but also pepsi which I am rather obsessed with, in a hope to show my dedication to this project (and also so you can enjoy watching me suffer). The decision to reduce my sugar intake is also very important as when we do get to Peru I have a horrible fear of catching a BOT fly. If you are not sure what they are, please look it up... warning: eeewwww! So by not eating chocolate and biscuits (im sure you can hear my agony already) it will help lower my chances of contracting one.
Whilst out there I will be making a video of our time that I shall post up for everyone to see. And a special prize of naming some of the amazing animals we will see after my top 3 donators who will recieve a small package with pictures and other surprises upon my return. Please donate genorously and thank you for your time.
Through your kind sponsorship and support I would love to raise as much money as possible with a hope of around £150. Below is further information on what we will be doing in Peru as well as a link to our facebook page and web page for updates and exciting things happening leading up to the project.
About the Peru Expedition
The Expedition will aim to measure the biodiversity, further from a human settlement. Investigating the abundance of wildlife in this area is important for its conservation. It is believed that a human forest settlement will have an effect on the abundance of wildlife closer to the human community. The area is now protected from hunting and other potentially harmful human activities, however the effects on the behaviour on the wildlife could be longer lasting and it is unknown if it is having an effect on their abundance. Successful survey methods used by previous University of Glasgow expeditions throughout terrestrial areas will be employed in this new area.
- Assess the impact of human populations on leaf cutter ant colonies by investigating defense response and mapping ant trails.
- Assess the effect of human communities on soil composition of disturbed forest pathways.
- Investigate the varying degrees of diversity in mammal populations and abundance and the effect of the human population.
- Investigate the varying degrees of diversity in avian populations and abundance and the effect of the human population.
- Investigate the varying degrees of diversity in amphibian populations and abundance and the effect of the human population.
Each of these objectives will be carried out in several ways using different methods for each. The team, along with two Peruvian biologists who will have extensive knowledge on local fauna and flora, will use surveys and data collation that take place 6 days per week with one rest day per week. Three terrestrial amphibian night surveys will be conducted per week by one group of 3 team members. Visual encounters, transects at 50m and sound recordings will also be used for identification of species. Four combined avian and mammal morning surveys will be conducted per week by three groups of two team members. The scope for several aspects of the arboreal studies will be dependent on the length of time required to safely access each tree and set up camera traps. The logistics of canopy access studies will be further informed by information gathered from experienced contacts and field trials conducted on arrival at the MLC. Further methods used to monitor mammal and avian activity will be through line transects, tracking and scat and audio recognition. To study the population of Leaf-cutter ants surveys will take place each day by teams of three individuals where they will map trails around the colonies and will monitor the response of soldier ants. The soil quality sampling will be completed 3 times a week to look at the differences between the physical and chemical properties moving away from human habitation.