Helen Scales travelled to the Tanbi Wetlands in The Gambia and met with Fatou Janha, the founder of the Try Oyster Women's Association. The Try Oyster Women's Association is a community-based organization of female oyster harvetsers in The Gambia that works to improve and sustain their livelihoods.
In August 2012 the TRY women planted around 40,000 mangrove seeds over an area of 12 hectares to help regenerate the Tanbi wetlands. They were funded by GEF (Global Environment Facility) to be trained in mangrove replanting techniques including identification of mangrove seedlings, nursery management, identification of suitable planting sites, and basic knowledge of tides and salinity.
TRY Oyster Women's Association were one of 25 winners of the 2012 Equator Prize which recognizes outstanding local sustainable development initiatives.
Canna Seabird Colony
Bob Swann has been surveying Scottish seabird colonies for four decades. This season he’s been surveying not just the North Sutor cliffs on the north-east coast , but also on a remote island in the Inner Hebrides, Canna.
Canna is the most westerly of the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides, and is known as ‘the garden of the Hebrides’ due to its green meadows and abudant wildlife. It has been recognised as a bird sanctuary since 1938, and supports over 20,000 breeding seabirds, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots.