Walking for Wildlife goes multi media!


inkedNaturalistTurkeyWalkHere is a very quick update on my Walking for Wildlife project. Unfortunately this is only an interim update as I am still awaiting details from Doğa Derneği regarding a suitable route and support for my walk. I hope that I will have more details about this soon, but communication with them is painfully slow! Suffice to say I have had to postpone my walk across Turkey until spring 2014!

Once I have the details of my route and a solid start date I will blog about it here. I will also the give further information on training events that you are invited to join me on! One thing you can be certain of is that I will be doing this walk in 2014, even if I have to organise the whole thing myself!

The Walk!

A quick update on the tattoo section of my project: Twenty-four species of iconic Turkish birds tattooed successfully onto my arms and hands and now all the background completed! This is an end of an era really, 18 months, 60+ hours of ink & pain and over £3,000 raised to help Doğa Derneği in their vital conservation work!

I have recorded a twenty-eight minute video featuring me talking about my two Turkish conservation projects. I talk about why Turkey is so special to me, then I go on to inform on the threats to wildlife and rural communities caused by the HePP and dam developments ongoing in Turkey. I then explain my tattoo (giving my right arm) project and introduce the next plan ‘Walking for Wildlife’.

I recorded this video at home, so the lighting isn’t perfect (hence it is a bit grainy); however I hope you find it interesting to watch!


Some niceness: The superb Green Prophet website recently published a post entitled ’10 Green Prophets for 2012′. I was amazed to see that I was listed as one of these ten. I’m not sure I deserve the accolade, but feel very honoured to be mentioned alongside such amazing people!

You can read the full article here:


I know that my tattoo project is continuing to raise awareness to the destruction of globally significant wildlife and rural communities in Turkey; I also hope that my actions will inspire others to be active when it comes to environmental and humanitarian issues!


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About the author

I'm a birder and twitcher with a general interest in natural history (dragonflies, butterflies and orchids in particular) but most of all I am a passionate conservationist with a particular affiliation to Turkey. Having worked as a Ranger/Naturalist at a range of nature reserves throught the UK I now work as a freelance ecologist and writer.

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