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WELCOME TO WESM - THE WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY OF MALAWI (Blantyre Branch)

This is WESM’s 70th Anniversary! We will be having a special event each month to celebrate this milestone


WESM has been dedicated to protecting Malawi’s remarkable diversity of animals and habitats for over 70 years. Strictly non-profit, we rely on donations from individuals and businesses in Malawi and from around the world to fund our work.

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52nd ANNIVERSARY OF WESM'S LENGWE GAME COUNT
 
WESM will return to Lengwe National Park on October 13th-14th for the annual game count and we are looking for keen individuals to participate. Participants will take three-hour shifts to identify and count the mammals that drink from the park’s water holes and to record their age and sex. Any level of experience is welcome as more experienced game counters will be teamed with novices. Participants will be expected to join in both days. Please also note that this count is not suitable for children under the age of 13.
 
Nyala Lodge, run by Jambo Africa, has been an excellent host. Chalets will be available to rent, along with an option to camp. The lodge has an excellent kitchen with reasonable prices. 
 
The number of participants is limited. Please register with Paul in advance - wesmbt@africa-online.net. You must be a WESM members to participate, but it will be easy to join WESM at the count. 

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WESM MEETING

The British Army Counter Illegal Wildlife Trade Project in Malawi

Our speaker, Major Cowen of the Queen's Dragoon Guards on the left with the Minister of Defence when the project was announced in May.

Tuesday 11 September, 6.30 for 7.00 pm at Blantyre Sports Club.

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FAMILY FUN DAY AT MICHIRU!

Join us on September 15th for WESM’s Family Fun Day on Michiru. While geared especially for families, there is something on the programme for everyone including children’s activities, hiking, photography with Dave and a bat walk with Rachael.
Please note this is a WESM event open only to WESM members, but you will be able to sign up on the day. There will be a small fee for the morning activities, MK 1,000 per child, and a charge of MK 5,000 per tent for those choosing to stay overnight. Lunch will also be available at the cost of MK 1,500 for a hot dog and drink.
All events begin at the picnic site; the schedule is as follows...

10:00 – “Wildlife Quiz”, test your knowledge of tracks and signs

10:30 – “Alien Invasion”, an interactive talk for children with Sarah Burr

11:30 – Children’s Walk along Trail 1
12:30 – “Make an Alien”, craft for kids with Sarah Burr
13:00 – Lunch
14:30 – Photography with Dave Montreuil, bring your macro lens if you have one
16:00 – Walk along Trail 2
18:00 – Campfire and Cookout, bring your own food, a braii will be available for cooking
19:30 – Bat walk with Rachael Cooper-Bohannon
21:00 onwards - Overnight camping at the picnic site. Bring all your own supplies including water, as there is none at the site.


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WESM’S 2019 CALENDAR IS OUT NOW AND READY FOR SALE!

WESM calendars make fabulous gifts and are great for shipping! Last year’s calendar sold out before Christmas so do get yours soon. Order directly from any of the following WESM members: 

 
Sarah Burr (099 717 0427; seburr@hotmail.com)
Paul Taylor (099 445 4119; wesmbt@africa-online.net). 
Phil Pile (099 996 1756)
Mike Bamford (099 962 0418)
 
Cost is MK7,000 for paid-up WESM members and K7,500 for non-members. 
 
Calendars can also be purchased at Crystal’s Florists, La Caverna and at all WESM functions.


SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER OUT NOW

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