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Since 2007, Naturetrek has donated almost£70,000 to the World Land Trust (WLT), aconservation charity facilitating thepurchase of some of the world's mostbiologically important and threatened forestsboth for the benefit of endangered wildlife andthe environment as well as to prevent climatechange. The funds raised by Naturetrek, bymaking a donation on behalf of every clientbooking a Naturetrek holiday, are specificallybeing used to purchase and protect one ofEcuador's most threatened habitats, the Andeancloudforest. By helping to protect this rich habitatthat otherwise would have been cut down andburnt, Naturetrek is preventing the release of itsstored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,therefore helping to mitigate the negative effectsassociated with the air travel used on our tours.With the money we have raised so far, FundaciónEcoMinga* (working with WLT) has purchasedtwo 100-acre Naturetrek Reserves to protect thethreatened cloudforest adjacent to the CerroCandelaria Reserve in central Ecuador, the threereserves all being located within the Llanganates-Sangay corridor and the aim being, through thepurchase of contiguous reserves with financefrom Naturetrek and other investors, to create asubstantial corridor of protected cloudforest tolink two important national parks, the LosLlanganates and Sangay.Ecuador is a biodiversity hotspot due to theextraordinary number of species found within itsmany different habitats, including mammals suchas Spectacled Bear, Highland Woolly Monkey,Mountain Tapir and Andean Coati, and such rarebirds as Emerald-bellied Puffleg, PeruvianAntpitta, Greater Scythebill and Chestnut-bellied Cotinga. All are under pressure from forestclearance and only 20% of the country's originaltropical forest cover remains. The easternAndean region, where Naturetrek has purchasedland, is one of the most threatened due to therelatively high human population density. Its highbiodiversity, together with threats from humandisturbance are key reasons why WLT andFundación EcoMinga have identified this regionas one in need of special protection. The area isvery rich botanically and, in recent years, a newtree species and 16 new species of orchids havebeen discovered in the area by a team ofbotanists led by Naturetrek tour leader Lou Jost.Indeed, in recognition of Naturetrek's contributionto the preservation of this unique area, one of thenew orchid species is to be named afterNaturetrek!The Naturetrek ReservesThe first Naturetrek Reserve was purchased withNaturetrek funds in 2010. Now a second reserve- the 103-acre Naturetrek Reserve Extension -has been purchased using Naturetrek funds withthe aim of creating a cloudforest corridor betweenthe Cerro Candelaria Reserve and the PastazaRiver. This corridor will facilitate the movement ofwildlife, especially larger mammals such as theMountain Tapir, Spectacled Bear and Puma.The Naturetrek Reserve Extension supports amixture of primary and secondary cloudforest.The area is a rich centre for plant endemism and,excitingly, contains over 190 plants foundnowhere else on Earth. New species continue tobe discovered and on the new Naturetrekproperty it is thought that locally endemicLepanthes(a large genus of orchids which derivetheir name from the Greek for 'scaled-flower'),and the recently discovered Blakea attenboroughiitree, which was named after WLT's patron, SirDavid Attenborough, are likely to be present.The most important mammals for conservation inthe area are Mountain Tapir and Spectacled Bear.Mountain Tapir footprints and Spectacled Bearclaw marks were both found by an EcoMingaranger who recently visited the new NaturetrekReserve Extension. This is an excellent sign thatoccurrences of the two mammals on the site arenot rare. In addition, two locally rare species ofmonkey, the Red Howler and White-frontedCapuchin, are also present. Charismatic birdsrecorded in the region include the Cock-of-the-rock, the Black-and-chestnut Eagle and the GiantAntpitta.Further Land Purchase & TourismPotentialNaturetrek has already set aside an additional£80,000 in readiness to purchase a furtheradjacent plot of cloudforest in the region, forwhich EcoMinga is in negotiation, to movetowards the goal of completing this cloudforestcorridor. We also hope to develop wildlifetourism, and awareness of its value, in the localtown of Baños - a 30-minute drive followed by a2-hour walk from the Naturetrek Reserves. Weplan to offer an extension to this fabulous area,led by Lou Jost (of EcoMinga) and David Mills (ofNaturetrek), following our Wildlife Festival inEcuador (see page 11) in September/October2013 (please call Andy Tucker on 01962 733051or email andy@naturetrek.co.uk for details).For more information on the Candelaria Reserve,how you can help fight climate change and aboutthe rest of World Land Trust's importantconservation work, please visit their website atwww.worldlandtrust.org*Fundación EcoMinga was founded in 2005 and is based in Baños, Ecuador. The organisation's aim is to efficientlypreserve biodiversity in Ecuador. WLT and Naturetrek have been working with Fundación EcoMinga since 2007.Sobralia luerorumBlack-and-Chestnut EagleMountain TapirNaturetrek purchases two 100-acre reservesto protect Andean cloudforest in Ecuador13

Call 01962 733051now or visitwww.naturetrek.co.ukfor your detailed Trip ItinerarySouth AfricaFriday 8th March - Sunday 17th March (see page 170)Cost: £2,695The CévennesThursday 6th June - Thursday 13th June (see page 62)Cost: £1,295CroatiaMonday 10th June - Monday 17th June (see page 45)Cost: £1,495HungaryTuesday 18th June - Tuesday 25th June (see page 76)Cost: £1,395Southern GreeceSaturday 22nd June - Saturday 29th June (see page 72)Cost: £1,595La BrenneThursday 27th June - Tuesday 2nd July (see page 65)Cost: £995The Italian DolomitesSunday 30th June - Sunday 7th July (see page 91)Cost: £1,295The French PyreneesThursday 4th July - Thursday 11th July (see page 66)Cost: £1,295NormandyThursday 11th July - Monday 15th July (see page 68)Cost: £795Sri LankaSaturday 5th - Monday 14th October (Tour Code: LKA01)Cost: £1,995All travel arrangements are made byNaturetrek. Naturetrek is pleased tobe the first subscriber to ButterflyConservation's Purple Emperorcorporate membership scheme, andcommitted to fundraising on behalfof the Society.Large Copper (male)Two-tailed PashaThe following special selection of butterfly tours, guided by expertbutterfly enthusiasts, has been designed to allow you to enjoy andlearn about butterflies in the company of fellow enthusiasts. 10% of theproceeds from each tour will be donated to Butterfly Conservation andinvested directly in the conservation of British and Europeanbutterflies. Holidays will focus on butterflies and their habitats, moths(moth-trapping at night) and, to a lesser extent, other natural history.ButterflyHolidaysin support of Butterfly ConservationMeleager's Blue (female)14