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Montserrat – Conservation Expedition 2017

Marcel Proust, the French novelist, observed that "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes".

It was a great experience for all in joining the Coral Cay Conservation project in Montserrat.

As part of our Sixth Form international community programme, which has in recent years also included India and Kenya, Montserrat was identified as a key project

due to the devastation of the island from volcanic eruptions.

Students fundraise for these projects which are launched with a 2 year lead time to ensure they are achievable.

All together 19 students from years 12 & 13 joined the expedition which focussed on land and local reef scientific research to re-establish the wildlife population of the island & encourage eco-tourism solutions.

Tasks ranged from night surveys in the jungle to categorise different types of species to primary school work.

Many of the student group also took the PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Qualification as part of their enrichment programme  in partnership with Miss Claro (Scuba  Instructor) and The London School of Diving as they were determined to learn more about coral reefs and marine life.

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