Tristan Reid (aka binocularface), all-round good guy and regular contributor to the Conference Calls here on Talking Naturally, has come up with a great idea to support conservation in Turkey (as I outlined in an earlier podcast linked to below). He’s 100% worth supporting, and here’s the text from his JustGiving page:
Here’s the plan:
- Commission an artist to design a montage of ten of the iconic birds of Turkey (this will be auctioned off once the project is complete)
- Have the design tattooed on my complete arm and shoulder (I will fund this myself)
- If I raise over £10,000 I will add a further £1,000 to the total and have a montage of a further ten species tattooed onto my left arm and shoulder
Here’s the cause:
Here’s the reason:
For those of you that have read my recent Turkey trip report; you will know what an absolutely amazing time I had! This holiday will rank very highly as one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. Turkey is a country with epic scenery, incredible biodiversity and an amazing culture. Suffice to say this huge country that spans from Europe to Asia had really impacted on me in a very positive way!
It was with huge sadness that I learned about the massive river sell off in Turkey. It is my understanding that the Turkish government has transferred all the nations rivers to private corporations. There are now plans to build a collossal 1,738 dams and hydroelectric plants with a further 2,000 dams currently in construction. The impact that these projects will have on both the biodiversity and smaller communities in this country is very sad indeed.
I urge you to listen to the podcast in the attached link (as Charlie Moores will explain the significance of the problem far more elloquently than me):
Doğa Derneği is the Birdlife International partner in Turkey and they have a massive task on their hands. So what can I do to help?
I want to do something that as the chance to raise a substantial amount of money to help Doğa Derneği in their work and also that would give them and the issues they are fighting against publicity. So I’ve decided to give my right arm for the cause!
The ten species that will appear in the artwork and tattoo work are; Northern Bald Ibis, White-throated Robin, Wallcreeper, Caspian Snowcock, Pallid Scops Owl, White-breasted Kingfisher, Masked Shrike, Black Francolin, Spur-winged Plover & Rüppell’s Warbler