Stories

Julia Baker

I was at Ruhjia during the period 2000-2001 undertaking research for my PhD. 

Phil Shaw

Back in 1995 Derek Pomeroy from Makerere and Chris Perrins from Oxford University arranged for 25 nestboxes to be erected in the vicinity of Ruhija. Their aim was to shed light on the breeding biology of a small songbird endemic to the Albertine Rift: the Stripe-breasted Tit. What sets this species apart from most other Albertine Rift endemics is that it is closely related to some of the world’s most intensively studied birds; species like the Great Tit and Blue Tit (in Europe), and the chickadees of North America.

Rob Marchant

ROb.jpgI have many fond memories of my time in Bwindi - one that stays with me is of my arrival in Bwindi with Jonathan Baranga.  After the long drive from Kampala, with numerous stops en-route to meet / pick up people, supplies and take rest we arrived into Bwindi at dusk. 

Robert Bitariho

My best times at ITFC are the get-together parties we used to attend that involved various stakeholders such as UWA, CARE & IGCP. These parties would be organized at the park headquarters in Buhoma where all BMCA stakeholders informally met over lunch, dinner and drinks. It was one of the best ways the working relationships between BMCA stakeholders was enhanced. One such party that comes to my mind is the end of year party in 1995 held at Buhoma, it was well attended and involved peacecorp volunteers, CARE, ITFC, IGCP and all UWA staff. 

Bob Drewes

I first visited IFCP (the Impenetrable Forest Conservation Project as it was known then) in 1990 at the invitation of Tom Butynski and Jan Kalina who were running the project at the time. This was before the forest was gazette as a National Park. On the recce, I was accompanied by an old friend from Kenya, John Miskell and the ornithologist John Ashe. Together, I think they eventually wrote the birds of Somalia.

John Berry

Although I have moved into a very different field – working in marine chemistry, and chasing new molecules from the sea, these days – I will always have fond memories of my days following the Bwindi gorillas (and collecting their food plants and poo). I do even still get the occasional inquiry about Aframomum and gorillas.

Simon Jennings

I was amazed by an enormous brown spider with fangs like knitting needles, which warn you off by rubbing their front legs together to generate a rasping sound, which at the same time causes the release of highly irritant fragments of hair.

Aleper Daniel Knox

"It is long since I was in Bwindi last, I hope to return there again one day. I got diverted from small mammals from the forest to those from savannah and am now studying elephants, trees and bush fire in North-Eastern Uganda.

What I did in Bwindi at ITFC is the marking/tagging at 100m interval of the trail from Ruhija, starting below the  ITFC Director's house (1992) across the forest through Mubwindi swamp to Nteko, then to Buhoma.             

Ed Wilson

wilson.JPGAs the WWF Regional Representative at the time that ITFC was established, I worked very closely with Professor Kayanja, Tom Butynski and Jonathan Baranga to develop the documentation and institutional arrangements to make ITFC a sustainable part of Uganda's conservation landscape.

Ian Lacey's experience

The excitement and expectations of my research project leading up to my arrival at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) were realised the moment I passed through Ndego Gate on the park’s south-eastern edge and made my way to ITFC. I had been told many stories of southwest Uganda, its people and landscape in the preceding months by classmates and was extremely happy to have arrived at a place I could call home for the next 2 weeks.

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