As ecological consultants, we use the information gathered by scientists, conservationists, researchers and even citizen scientists to provide clients with the most up-to-date and scientifically robust advice possible on how best to minimise their impacts, and conserve species and the environment. We occasionally even have the opportunity to engage in research in order to address questions that come up as part of a development proposal. But, within BiOME we fell there is always more we can do to support conservation efforts? Most consultancies have little or no structured approach to this. The bottom line is almost always money; supporting conservation, whether with financial donations or investing consultants time, comes as an afterthought (if at all).
When we established BiOME we were keen to buck this trend and we have prioritised research and supporting conservation efforts with our profits and by disseminating our expertise. We have pushed to better understand our environment, from using camera traps for monitoring, to designing new survey methodologies. We have bought land in Estonia which we manage as a nature reserve and we have teamed up with Association Nature Initiative in Dakhla, Atlantic Sahara to help assess the biodiversity of the desert. This year we are also taking part in the Champions of the Flyway race.
The Champions of the Flyway (#COTF17) is an annual bird race held in Israel. It sees teams from all around the world coming together to compete in a bid to see as many birds possible in a single day in southern Israel. In the process the teams raise valuable funds to support the conservation of migrant birds, as well as raising awareness of the many issues, especially illegal trapping and hunting, that kills tens of millions of birds every year in the Mediterranean. This year the race will be supporting Dorga Dernegi, the Turkish Birdlife partner. If as an individual you can spare a few pounds, or as a company you’d like to support us then please consider donating to this incredibly worthy cause. Check out our team page.
Additionally we will also be hosting an online auction through the BiOME Facebook page where you will have the opportunity to get your hands on some quality bird and wildlife related items from signed books, to weekends away and everything in between. Watch our blog and Facebook page for more details over the coming weeks.