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Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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    “Eden: Untamed Planet” is a new series which looks at the secrets of the few regions that are isolated from the rest of the world and have been  largely protected from human interference.   As the programme’s webpage says,  life exists as nature intended. 

    The series skicks off in Borneo, home to 60,000 species of plants and animals and is very biodiverse indeed.  Watch out for proboscis monkeys, orangutan babies,   caterpillars and a lot more!

    The programme warns that orangutans have lost 80% of their habitats in the last two decades – their numbers have dropped hugely.

    Please visit our page listing orangutan charities to see how you can help and please watch the series.  There are six programmes and I will put up information about ways to help along the way.   

    Find out how you can help orangutans with the Orangutan Foundation
    Find out how you can help orangutans with the Orangutan Foundation
    Swing over to their website here
    Image ©Orangutan Foundation

    Please also take a look at the Bornean Sun Bear Rescue Conservation Centre which is a is a sun bear rescue and rehabilitation facility being developed in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

    The episodes of "Eden:  Untamed Planet" cover:

    • Borneo: Sacred Forest - home to 60,000 plants and animals, of which 10% are unique.  More species are discovered every day.
    • The Namib:  Skeleton Coast and Beyond which covers the world's oldest desert

    Desert Lion Conservation  gathers data on the desert lions in the area, undertakes research and collaborates with the government and agencies to further lion conservation and reduce human-lion conflict
    Giraffe Conservation works to conserve giraffe populations 
    - The Conservation Institute has informatoin about the Namib Desert
    - Elephant Human Relations Aid  is "to implement practical solutions that help combat elephant-human conflict, and thereby secure a future for Namibia’s desert elephants."

    • Luangwa:  The Emerald Valley, which sits at the end of East Africa's Great Rift Valley, and which experiences an annual flood of the Luangwa River
    • Galapagos:  Enchanged Isle - home to the Giant Tortoises and home to 2,000 species found nowhere else - 97% of its reptiles and mammals are unique
    • Patagonia:  at the far tip of South America, this is a land frozen in time and called "The End of the World".
    • Alaska: The Last American Frontier - with possibly the richest temperate rainforests at all

    The areas covered are visiting “delicately balanced, species-rich, unique ecosystems” and nature now needs our help to make sure they stay that way.  We cannot do without them.

    Please let’s all see if we can take just even one action to make a difference and protect nature as the series unfolds. 

    Visit the programme’s website on BBC2 here.

    Buy an Orangutan BATH BOMB and help Protect, rewild and regenerate West Toba Forest  From £4.00
    Buy an Orangutan BATH BOMB and help
    Protect, rewild and regenerate West Toba Forest  From £4.00 
    available from
     Funds raised will help protect the forest for the future, so people, orangutans and the planet can thrive.

  2. There's a programme on the UK's Channel 4 at 8:15pm on Saturday 7th May 2022 called Devon and Cornwall:  Greener Lives.

    The programme meets locals living in this beautiful part of the UK (it's in the south west) who are working to bring balance back to both land and sea and working hard to protect nature.

    A farmer, Cyril, in Devon is returning to traditional hay meadows
    Previously he was depleting them through intensive farming during the 1960s.  As the programme points out, during and after the war, a nation needed feeding, regardless of the impact the push for growing food had on wildlife and nature.  The farmer wants to put something back to the land and let nature do the work.  He makes hay meadows.  The seeds from the hay meadows are spread quickly in fields on other farms.  Like other farmers, Cyril is returning hay meadows to Devon - and with those come wildlife such as voles and barn owls - and Cyril is looking after the wildlife as well now!

    Volunteers paddle to coves to clear plastic from the beach. 
    For instance, Steve and his beautiful dog Rosie are thinking global but working to make a difference locally.  At times Rosie jumps off Steve's boat to collect rubbish and bring it back to the boat!  And Steve has a band of volunteers helping him, navigating in and out of the coves to collect rubbish.  He is determined to clear beaches of rubbish and to leave the planet in a cleaner place when he leaves it.  You can join a beach clean organised by the Marine Conservation Society.  

    David, Mertle and Bill the horse are busy clearing bracken

    Find out about the island of Lundy
     The beautiful island of Lundy, where the National Trust,
    RSPB, English Nature (now Natural England) and Landmark Trust
    have been working to help the Manx Shearwater.

    And Dean, the warden on Lundy Island, watches for the puffin to reappear. 
    As well as puffins, the Manx Shearwater has made a big comeback to the island - find out more from the National Trust.

    The book "RSPB Spotlight Puffins" is available from the RSPB's online shop

    The book "RSPB Spotlight: Puffins" is available from the RSPB's online shop

    Beavers are back in the River Otter!
    Beavers have been very busy here, building a dam and maintaining it.  And a fox has been spotted checking out the beavers too!  The Devon Wildlife Trust is working with landowners to make sure the beavers don't cause any problems e.g. interfere in cider making!  

    Visit Devon Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust to see how you can help - even from a distance!  And you can find your local  Wildlife Trust in the UK here - there are 46 of them.

    Don't miss it - it would be a great way to be inspired by other people taking action and also to pick up ways to get involved and make a difference! 

    The more people we can all get involved, the better!