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Wild Isle Trust

The Wild Isle Trust manages the operations of the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. The BSTP was founded in the late 1980s. It has worked tirelessly towards its main goal of restoring endangered sea
turtle populations around the island to the levels at which they can fulfil their important ecological roles and contribute to the sustainable development of Barbados. The nesting beach monitoring
program is highly regarded and one of the longest running for Critically Endangered hawksbill sea turtles in the world. The results of our efforts have been an order of magnitude recovery of the
hawksbill turtle, tens of thousands of hatchling turtles rescued every year and the continuous operation of a 24hr Sea Turtle Hotline that both Barbadians and tourists have come to rely on and respect.

 

Moving from less than 100 nesting turtles recorded on the island in the 90s to over 600 in 2020, Barbados is now recognized internationally as hosting the largest hawksbill nesting population in
the insular Caribbean. These results are not only due to the intensive monitoring programs but also due to the direct conservation actions, public awareness and research which form the
Project’s core.

Description

Activities Required
The student volunteers will join the field team and will patrol beaches along the south and west coasts of Barbados monitoring sea turtle activity. They will complete datasheets, record nesting and
hatchling emergence events, tag nesting female turtles and collect morphometric and environmental data with a high degree of accuracy and reliability.
They will rescue disoriented hatchlings and adult turtles, undertake relocations of nests laid in unsuitable locations and educate the public and tourists about sea turtles. Sea turtles often nest in front
of hotels, and therefore are highly visible to the public. Ensuring the safety of the nesting female and collecting accurate data while answering questions are all aspects of a BSTP patrol.
Number of Available Spots
15

Contact Information

Main Contact
Carla Daniel
Phone
Secondary Contact
Prof. Julia Horrocks
Phone 2

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Location

Address
Quarry Rd.,St Michael, Barbados