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Fancy going on the road to Mandalay?

… A chance to take part in a wildlife expedition to Mandalay and the western Shan Plateau in Burma (Myanmar). Your participation will help gather data on the bird fauna of the region and support a growing programme of in-country wildlife studies in Myanmar.

In March, 2002, the Harrison Institute is organising its fourth wildlife expedition to Burma (Myanmar). Working with a small team of postgraduate students and staff from Yangon (Rangoon) University we will be travelling to Mandalay and the western Shan Plateau to continue our series of bird and bat surveys. To help support our work, we will be taking a limited number of paying volunteers, who will have the chance to travel to this little visited part of the world and participate in our reconnaissance and research project. Our provisional itinerary includes time to explore the bird and bat faunas of the Dry Zone in and around Mandalay before moving on to the old British Raj hill station of Maymyo (Pyin-Oo Lwin), which is near the spectacular limestone gorge at Gokteik. From here, we will proceed north to the marble mountains of Mogok ? famous for its ruby mines and to the Shwe-U-Daung wildlife sanctuary, which was described in London Times as scenically almost unequalled in Burma.For those with more time, there is an optional extension to travel further north to the city of Bhamo from where a two-day journey can be made on a comfortable steamer down the Ayeyarwady (Irrawady) River to Mandalay. This option offers the opportunity to supplement bird watching by looking for Ayeyarwady dolphins. A population of at least 60 was recently recorded from the area. The steamer also passes through some magnificent scenery including a spectacularly narrow and imposing defile south of Bhamo.Myanmar has 1,017 recorded bird species and one of the most diverse bird faunas per unit area in the Old World tropics. The diversity and population status of birds in the study area is not currently known. If you want to help us find out more, please contact Paul Bates on info@harrison-institute.org or visit their website http://www.harrison-institute.org for further information. As they say we look forward to welcoming you on the expedition.Provisional costs for the trip are ?995 for the basic trip (14-30 March, 2002) + airfare (approx ?570 from UK), insurance and visa (currently ?14). The Ayeyarwady extension is ?185.

4th July 2014