St Kilda – Volunteers needed in August!

The St Kilda Soay sheep project is looking for volunteers for the annual summer catch. This is an ideal opportunity to gain field experience in large mammal research and to visit St Kilda, which is a dual world heritage site and also the remotest part of the British Isles – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda,_Scotland for information. It really is a once in a lifetime experience!

The expedition departs from Edinburgh on Thurs 6 Aug, and returns around Sat 22 Aug. Travel is by minibus and ferry to Leverburgh (Isle of Harris) and then a 3 hour high-speed boat journey to St Kilda. It doesn’t cost anything to take part, and all food and accommodation is provided. Despite having no permanent residents, there is also a very cheap pub on the island, called the ‘Puff Inn’, as well as millions of seabirds, a few radar station staff, and lots and lots of sheep.

The main requirements are:

– You are available for the full time period;
– You must be fit, the terrain is demanding and you will be doing a lot of running around,
– You have a background in Biological Sciences.

If you are interested, text or leave a message with Josephine Pemberton on 07973 315523; if you want to know more details first, email me: S.Johnston@shef.ac.uk

If you know someone who would be interested (maybe people who are graduating this summer?), then please pass this information on.

Susie.

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