This program will focus on gaining a better understanding of turtle conservation in Greece and preserving its biodiversity. Students will engage in surveys to record nesting activity and to protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water, and will also provide important conservation information to overseas visitors and the local community, through various outreach activities.
These projects range in content suitable for students studying academic disciplines such as:
- Biological & Environmental Sciences
- Marine Biology
Example project activities include:
- Night surveys (depending on nesting activity);
- Recording nesting activity;
- Hatchling release;
- Protecting turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water;
- Environmental workshops for overseas visitors and the local community;
- Workshops on eco-tourism with resort/hotel guests.
I’ve met so many interesting people who have opened my eyes to ideas and places I hadn’t even thought about before. It seems ages ago that I saw my first hatchling waddle out to sea under the equally spellbinding night sky with the Milky Way as their roof and the moon leading them. I have really enjoyed working for the turtles and it feels so good to being doing something for the world no matter how small my actions, every bit counts! I feel like a better person for this special experience. This has been a highlight of my life.