Couple cycle across the globe to support Suffolk charity World Land Trust
PUBLISHED: 15:50 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2018
A couple moving from the UK to New Zealand have decided to use their journey to save threatened wildlife, by cycling 21,000 kilometres through 27 countries in 12 months, fundraising for Halesworth-based wildlife charity World Land Trust
Camilla and Julian Read have already crossed 14 countries, from their home in West Sussex across Europe to Azerbaijan, and they have returned to the UK for six weeks before embarking on the second leg of their journey.
Along the way, Camilla and Julian Read are visiting some of World Land Trust’s project areas in the UK, India and Vietnam. The charity works around the world to save some of the most biologically important and threatened habitats, and works with partners in country to create protected wildlife reserves and give permanent protection to the species that live there.
Camilla explains why they chose the charity for their fundraising mission, “We settled on World Land Trust because of their approach to international landscape and wildlife preservation. Both our previous jobs have involved environmental management, of which, communication with local parties is always paramount to success. World Land Trust’s approach to develop partnerships with local communities resonated with both of us.”
Camilla and Julian chose to visit World Land Trust’s only UK project area, Kites Hill Reserve in Gloucestershire, before starting the second part of their journey. The reserve includes ancient beech woodland and meadow habitats, and is home to British wildlife such as roe deer, kestrel, great spotted woodpecker, and six species of bat.
“We were keen to design a route which intersected some of the habitats World Land Trust has helped protect along our way, and Kites Hill is the perfect place to start” says Julian. “We have already cycled through and wild camped in some awe-inspiring landscapes, but we never want to forget how important wildlife conservation is at home too.”
“But it is strange that our next stop for a World Land Trust project will be the subtropical forests of the Garo Hills in India, home to elephants and gibbons! Then our last visit will be to Khe Nuoc Trong in Vietnam, where if we are lucky we may see the most beautiful primate in the world, the red-shanked douc.”
The couple begin the next leg of their journey mid-September in Uzbekistan, and will cycle across the continent of Asia to Singapore. They have already raised almost £3,000 for wildlife conservation; donations can be made on their JustGiving page and supporters can follow their progress on their website and Instagram.