Matthew Jones, a local from the village of Crosthwaite, now studying at the University of Oxford, is leading a conservation research expedition to Sarawak, Borneo, this August. The expedition focuses on retracing an old expedition from 1955 to a remote jungle plateau, which is now threatened by the encroachment of logging companies. One of the original expedition members, Gordon Pickles, is also a local to Cumbria, living down the road in Bouth. The two have had the opportunity to chat about the changes to the jungle over 64 years and featured on BBC radio Cumbria's breakfast show together. Matt will be spending a month in the jungle, collecting baseline data on an area where very few people have been before in the hopes of learning from the old expedition whilst also providing an argument for the conservation of the Borneo jungle.
Matt has raised the majority of the funds for this expedition to go ahead, but still needs a little more help in order to the plateau! If you can, then please consider donating - even a small amount - it would go a long way ensuring the success of this project, which he hopes will help protect this unique ecosystem. Not only would you be supporting the expedition, but a young budding conservationist's career, who discovered his passion for the environment within the beautiful landscape of the Lyth Valley.
You can donate to Matt's expedition here and also find out more about their amazing project: https://hubbub.org/p/usunapauretraced/supporters/. The team are already half way to achieving their crowd funding goal and it would mean the world to them if you were able to donate!
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Matt, Maryam and Rosie - the entire team whilst on expedition training (At the top of High Crag)
Matt and Gordon Pickles outside Gordon's house in Bouth
Matt and expedition science officer, Rosie Wright, navigating whilst on their training expedition in Ennerdale
Matt testing out his hammock for the expedition in Witherslack woods