- 1,048 records received in June
- Highlights include 175 observations (17 % of all records) from Erik Brohaugh in The Gambia
- Total records now at 168,821
This week we are delighted to host Munir Virani and his family Zahra, Kaisaan and Zayan visiting us from Kenya. Blessed with good weather, Rob has been showing them the sights of Pembrokeshire including some puffins on Skomer.
From Munir: “It has been a tremendous trip to see the central hub of Habitat Info in the heart of Wales. Rob is an amazing host and we were very well looked after. I am really glad to see how the ARDB has evolved from a central idea six years ago. From the launch in 2012 in Arusha, the ARDB has certainly come a long way and beyond everyone’s expectations. One of the highlights of this trip has been putting together a strategy with Habitat Info for ARDB to go global. This is an ambitious project and vision but we have to think big and having a Global Raptor Data Bank will help raptor biologists worldwide to identify areas of high raptor conservation value and add to conservation efforts in those areas. Also, it has been fantastic to see the ARDB database from Kenya’s contribution grow from strength to strength with inputs from Martin Odino and Washington Wachira. With an alliance of raptor people across Africa, we are confident that we can continue to invest in tomorrow’s raptor biologists from African countries to champion raptor conservation over the coming decades as Africa’s landscape changes”
We have had some great contributions from Kenya this month:
a beautiful Ayre’s Hawk Eagle as reported this month by Washington Washira near Naivasha in Kenya (photo: Jean-Marc Rabby)
Keep up the good work everyone!
Thank you and best wishes,