A bird school in a biodiversity hotspot

One of the most rewarding collaborations has been with professional bird guide, Peter Magosvongwe. Magosvongwe, who lives in the populous rural district of Chigodora, just west of the Vumba, runs an innovative bird school programme. At the moment he runs bird clubs in 12 primary and secondary schools in and around the Vumba. Nearly 700 children are taught bird identification skills and about nature conservation by the peripatetic birder, who travels between the schools each week on a motorbike funded by a local farmer. Magosvongwe has recently expanded his lessons to include water health surveys in local rivers, using...

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