Pilot: bumpy starts.

With the broken right arm (my dominant hand) I haven’t been able to do much, and at times its really frustrating. Before the “incident” my plan had been to drive down to Monkey World and collect data on their four Chimp groups.

Unfortunately I can no longer drive with a cast that stops centimetres from my arm pit. So my mum had to assist in the recording if the observations. With my dad drawing the tables for the recordings with my strict instructions.

The journey down was a series of never ending traffic jams and roadwork pile-up, but we finally made it there. Even if I was getting heat stroke from not being able to shade my arm, or any of me really. As well as the fans being as useful as someone coughing on you: detrimental and slightly warm. But we made it on Friday evening.

Saturday and Sunday morning we sett off nice and early to make it to monkey world, nice sunny day. I even caught the sun. Whilst we were there we collected quite a bit of data, and I got good experience. The pilot study went well I think though I need better card for identification as mine got all mixed up and took an age to sort through most of the time.

What I did realise though is that my ethogram is a mess so I’ve just finished editing it to make more sense to me and a third party. And of course typing the data up from a note book into a clearer table.

I’m still in the early stages however so its likely I’m gonna have to head down Dorset way again and try and observe some more chimps doing their thing. Maybe the next time I won’t be incapacitated

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: we can only hope.

Author: ClareOfford

I'm a second year Zoology and Conservation student, studying at Bangor University in North Wales. I love Wales for the its opportunities to explore the outdoor, and so frequently go one walks with friends, as well as the odd bit of rock climbing and horse riding. Though on of the great things about where I live are the opportunities to get involved in conservation work out in Snowdonia...

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