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Professor David Macdonald CBE DSc FRSE

David has had an amazing and varied career in wildlife conservation for over 40 years, having been appointed Oxford University’s first Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the 1980s.  David also established the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in 1986, which seeks to undertake original research to solve practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management.   

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Celebrating our 50th anniversary: getting schools into nature

Part of the vital work that Earthwatch Europe does is working with teachers and students to inspire and empower the next generation to take action to save our planet. One way we’ve done this is through the Catch Me If You CAM project, which engaged children in the Scottish Highlands with their local biodiversity through the use of trail camera technology.

This project was brought about by Dr Keri Langridge, who when camera trapping with a local primary school for the elusive Scottish wildcat realised that many were unable to identify even common species such as wood pigeons. She entered the Earthwatch competition ‘Lost connection – how can we re-engage people with nature?’ and won a £5,000 grant to take her camera-trap project forward.

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The results of the RiverWatch: Plastic Pollution pilot study

The pilot study results of RiverWatch: Plastic Pollution are in!

Through this project, volunteers count the number of plastic items they find in a sample area along a waterway. The data submitted can help us to identify the biggest sources of plastic pollution, and potential solutions for reducing it at a national and international level. 

You can join RiverWatch: Plastic Pollution, along with other exciting citizen science projects, by signing up to Earthwatchers.

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