The Bizarre Bazaar

In Snow Leopard Fieldwork Diaries 3 the team and I start collecting data in Namche Bazaar. Gateway to the Everest region and ‘capital’ of the Sherpa people, it is also – at 3440m – home to the world’s highest Irish pub…

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The team get stuck into data collection in our first village. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Namche Bazaar has now been the team’s home for most of a week. It’s a funny wee place: around 200 households sculpted into a horseshoe-shaped valley with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. It’s also a tourist hotspot and the numerous hotels stacked on top of each other, with their blue and green roofs and window-sashes, give it a gaudy Alpine-ski-resort feel.

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Flying solo

In my snow leopard fieldwork diaries 2, I dice with death on a tiny plane flying to the world’s most dangerous airport, and fight with fatigue on my most exhausting day’s hiking yet…

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On a wing and a prayer to the land of the snow leopard. Buckle your seatbelts.

Finally, it was time to head into the field. Several days of playing musical-chairs-cum-twiddle-my-thumbs-cum-sit-on-my-behind round various Government offices had paid off. On Monday afternoon I got my research permit. Happy days.

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Wolves & lynxes & bears, oh my

Join big cat conservationist and livestock farmer Dr Jonny Hanson at the 2021 Northern Ireland Science Festival for an electrifying yet balanced look at the issue of large predator reintroductions to rewild landscapes, one of the most novel yet controversial conservation issues of our time. Covering both history and natural history, Jonny explores the varied dimensions, feasibility and ethics of reintroducing wolves, lynxes and brown bears to the island of Ireland, assessing the case for and the case against.

Pre-recorded at the Ulster Museum, humorous and thought-provoking in equal measure, and featuring live audience polling to enable you to have your say, this talk promises to excite, enthral, and perhaps even enrage

Hakuna Matata

Seven years on, I take a fresh look at my fieldwork diaries from Nepal.

In week 1, I arrive in Nepal and meet up with the rest of my research team as we try to track down that most elusive of creatures: the research permit.

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Our research trip gets off to a shaky start.  No worries.

We’ve arrived.  After various flights myself and my friend, and fellow conservationist, Maurice Schutgens, arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday 4th February.  Maurice will be helping me to manage our research assistants, and the information they collect, over the next three and a half months.  He’ll also be in charge when I’m absent from the field due to family commitments.

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