Exciting news! I’ve just signed up to hike the Yorkshire ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ in August with my friends Sacha and James, to raise lots of dollar for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Curlew Appeal. The money raised will go towards the continued monitoring of this iconic wading bird and, ultimately, contribute to the continued conservation of the curlew in the years to come.
The curlew is one of Britain’s fastest declining bird species, with a 46% decline in numbers between 1994 and 2010 alone. The causes of this worrying trend remain unclear, but with Britain holding around 28% of Europe’s curlew population, it is vital that something is done now to protect the species.
The Yorkshire ‘Three Peaks’ takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, and comprises around 40km of hiking over challenging terrain. It will be a test of our energy and stamina, and something that will require lots of training in the coming months.
A few friends have already been super generous and my fundraising total has already reached £60 in the first 24 hours! I’ll be posting updates over the next few months as I start to train and prepare for the challenge, so watch this space. And if you would like to donate, that would be wonderful! You can find my JustGiving fundraising page by clicking here. Please help me reach my £500 target!