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I'm a Biologist, get me out of here!

After negotiating our way through the urban jungle in San Pedro Sula we got loaded into the back of pick-up trucks and taken to a remote jungle site in Cusuco national park. Our time in the jungle involved working with different scientists to collect data on the different organisms that are found there as well as attending classes about the work that Operation Wallacea is doing in Cusuco. The trekking between sites was pretty hard as the terrain was very steep with dense vegetation but the students took everything in their stride with a smile on their faces – at least for most of the time. One of the highlights of our time in the jungle was when we did a canopy access tour where we got to climb to the top of the trees and see the most incredible view across the cloud forest.

The second week of the expedition saw us head to the island of Utila and experience relative luxury – beds and bathrooms! There, the students completed their open water diving qualification and took part in a reef ecology course. We managed to spot Eagle ray, moray eels and a turtle but unfortunately no whale sharks showed up for us. Utila is really a tropical island paradise with crystal blue water and lots of sunshine so the only difficulty we had was a bit of sunburn and avoiding being bitten alive by the sandflies.

All in all we had an amazing time and the students gained a large amount from the experience. Watch this space for summer 2015!

Mrs Smith

Last summer, a group of 10 of us went to Honduras for 3 weeks to help a conservation project. We stayed in the rainforest for a week, camping in the centre of the jungle, sleeping in hammocks and showering under a waterfall! We did a lot of trekking through clouds, climbing trees to access the canopy and we helped out with the scientists ‘research, searching for animals including bats, snakes, frogs, lizards and conducting habitat surveys. Then we went to an island off Honduras called Utila, where we learned to scuba dive and snorkel. In between sunbathing on a boat, we learned how to identify different corals and fish and did some stargazing on the jetty. The experience was incredible, you can’t imagine what it will really be like until you are there, living life on the edge- literally!

Sally Walsh

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