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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Famous again!

This week the Mountain Chicken Project team played host to a film crew and were successful in getting our star players to shine. Stewart McPherson (Director) and  Simon Vacher (Cameraman and Editor) have taken on a filming expedition project  where they plan to cover the wildlife and human stories of existing conservation projects on each of our own UK...
Today is the final day of the workshop and everyone is buzzing from the discovery of a surviving mountain chicken during our visit to the release site last night. At the end of day three the recovery plan for the species was starting to take shape. We have defined our vision, goal and objectives for the plan and the...
Pond construction - update 2 Having scrubbed the pond liners clean the next stage was to actually fix them to the wooden frames. This was a big job and it took us a little time to work out the best method of actually doing it. We did one prototype pond and decided that simply attaching the liner to the frame...

Greetings from Dominica

This is Emma here, I’ve made the hop from Montserrat to Dominica to assist with the captive breeding programme for the Mountain Chicken (or Crapaud as they’re more commonly called here). The facility I’m working in is rather interesting place, as well as attempting to breed the crapaud, we’re also breeding thousands of insects on which to feed them (I’ve...

Turtle watching

Not all that crawls on Montserrat is a mountain chicken... On a Friday night we went down to Woodlands Beach to watch the locals lay their eggs. The local turtles that is. There are four kinds of turtles that nest on the beaches of Montserrat; Leatherback, Green backed, Hawk's Bill and the Loggerhead. The nesting period is July to...
The beginning of June brought us a couple of welcome visitors from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the leading project partner along with the Department of Environment. Mr Paul Masterton is the Chief Executive Director of Durrell and Mrs Tricia Kreitman, a Trustee of Durrell who serves on the board of Governors. Tricia is also a Trustee of the Balcome...
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July was a busy month for the project!  Not only did it see the arrival of the first Durrell representative in Montserrat for 2 years and the initiation of the first phase of the new reintroduction project, we also started making excellent progress on all fronts; engaging the local community, conducting background data collections, habitat surveying and last but...
A  little over a month ago, frog 120 suddenly fell off the grid together with his companion 110. We searched the whole of Sweetwater up and down, day and night, but the frogs seemed as swept off the face of the earth. The only sign of them ever being present was the steady beeping from 120's frequency out the...

GHAUT FEELINGS

Hidden pool in the dry ghaut
Today was a day of following ghaut (excuse the pun) feelings. We were exploring new areas of our release site ghaut to try and find the frog utopia we’re sure must exist, to explain why we can’t find certain frogs on our normal searches in the main release site area. The release sites are all positioned on the main Sweetwater...
Thanks to Delroy N. Williams for this fantastic poem depicting the plight of the mountain chicken in Dominica. It is so great to see such wonderful support for the mountain chicken in Dominica, Montserrat, across the Caribbean and of course overseas.