Ascension : Conservation Weekly
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 16.04.2009 (Article Archived on 30.04.2009)
Itís been another few busy weeks with Conservation. We have had a visit from HRH Princess Anne, where she was taken on a Turtle Tour, Friday 3rd April, during her stop over on Ascension that evening.
We have also been very busy organising tours last week for the Brazilian and Namibian Navy Ships, which was enjoyed by all, the crew members got an overall view of Ascension, visiting the Sooty Terns at Mars Bay and Green Mountain, etc. This week comes another busy time with tours prepared for the Professor Molchanov, who will be visiting the Island on Friday 17th April, and also Dr Colin Clubbe, from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in transit on his way to St Helena.
Invasive Species Project is coming along, with our fieldworkers continuing work at Devilís Riding School, the forthcoming invent in May is the Invasive Species Conference.
Update about the Seabird Restoration Team, birds are starting to pair up again at Letterbox Area and, Noddys are in at NW Point, also the Sooty Terns are still in at Mars Bay with chicks.
Update on the Endemics Plants, itís still a ongoing job working with the endemic plants and clearing away Invasives to replant the endemics back into the wild, the yearly counts of the plants are stable and increasing in areas.
Landcrabs: Just another reminder to all drivers, to take care when driving, to avoid crushing landcrabs on the roads because they are still migrating down to the Beaches for Spawning.
Cats: Also a reminder to all Cat Owners about Register Forms, please return them ASAP to Raymond Benjamin, Conservation.
Thank you for your co-operation