At the end of January 2020 I'll be travelling to Sri Lanka with my family and we'll be spending two weeks at the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, which was established in 1988. The project aim is to monitor sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites. The project is delivered by a very resilient group of local people who managed to recover after the 2004 tsunami and continue the work with dedication and passion, alongside volunteers.
Whist sea turtles are protected, Sri Lanka's turtles are still at threat of illegal poaching, plus human activity like beach front developments, harm from accidental catchment during fishing operations, egg predation and climate change all pose a real threat to their existence.
Conservation has always been a passion of mine and my encounters with sea turtles in Mexico during a one month volunteering project, fuelled an interest in these amazing animals.
20 years on and having worked for a wildlife conservation charity in the U.K for many of these, the reality of the impact of people and climate change on species is a reality I'm familiar with.
In the last two decades, these creatures worldwide have become endangered and most of the 7 worldwide species have seen a drastic decline. When you consider that they have been around for over 150 million years (since the time of the dinosaurs as my son reminded me!)and have survived natural climate change events including the last ice age, all activity to help prevent further decline is crucial.
Sri Lanka has 5 of the world's species of turtles and through the volunteering programme we hope to make a difference through a variety of tasks. Myself and my two eldest sons who will be aged 8 and 10, will be assisting with beach conservation work, maintenance of the turtle hatchery and night beach patrols. We will also be working with the local communities and tourists, sharing knowledge about the turtles.
I hope the kind financial inputs and the time myself and children will be giving, will help the project continue into the future in a sustainable way.
It is my belief that every local child living in Sri Lanka, should grow up to be able to see turtles in the wild and likewise it should be the same for future generations. Only action now can ensure the turtles do not become extinct.
The amount i’m raising is to meet the direct project costs and does not include flight and associated travel costs which we are covering ourselves.
Thank you for taking time to read and contributions will be most appreciated towards this venture.
If you would like to learn more about the Kosgoda Tutle Conservation Project please visit: kosgodaaseaturtle.org
Please visit our website at www.seaturtlefriends.com to learn more about our current and future fund raising activities.
Seaton Delaval, North East England, United Kingdom