Marwell’s Masters Field Course on Lewa
This week will see the first MSc. by research, a course delivered in partnership with Southampton University, UK, and Marwell, come to Lewa. The course which is one of only a few similar courses offering hands on training in filed biology brings Marwell’s long history of in-situ conservation in Africa together with Lewa's first class conservation environment. Students will learn a wide range of skills form bushcraft and survival techniques to advanced wildlife tracking and how to undertake aerial surveys.
Supported logistically by Lewa, students will visit the community conservancy of Kalama and participate in training with conservancy scouts. They will also travel to commercial ranches in Laikipia and receive an introduction to commercial cattle and wildlife ranching on El Karama Ranch. But the highlight will be conducting an aerial count in conjunction with Lewa’s “air wing” and Pilot Peter Lempatu. The count will be conducted from Lewa’s air-strip, but will target neighbouring conservancy IlNgwesi as part of Lewa’s outreach programme.
Marwell hopes to make the course a regular event on the Lewa calendar utilizing the Marwell Research Centre at the Lewa HQ.We hope to develop partnered projects, like the aerial survey, which answer key questions for Lewa’s conservation, management and community support objectives. We hope to recruit two students from this year’s course to return in 2014 for longer term studies on Lewa involving lion, Grevy’s zebra and elephant.
Look out for the next update when we will follow up with some feedback on how the course went!