Above: Imperial College London students (l-r): Tom White, Annkathrin Sharp, Ben Jobson, Benoit Morkel and Filippo Marino pictured just over a week before the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run’s half-marathon race. Photo: Annkathrin Sharp


FIVE CONSERVATION SCIENCE students will take on the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run’s half-marathon this month, in support of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Twenty-nine-year-old Annkathrin Sharp will run 13 miles during the tough, multi-terrain race in Dorset on August 12 with fellow Imperial College London students Tom White (24), Filippo Marino (26), Benoit Morkel (28) and Ben Jobson (24).

Ms Sharp told C&AB that the group wanted to raise funds for the Trust after they spent two weeks at Durrell’s conservation academy studying its approach to endangered species conservation.

She explained: “Avian conservation formed a large proportion of the case studies we learned from, including the challenges faced by the team seeking to protect the last Madagascan pochards [Aythya innotata], and how Durrell worked with local communities to build a sustainable conservation programme.”

The five students are completing an MSc in Conservation Science, with a focus on different study areas including wildlife and biodiversity.

Ms Sharp added: “During our course visit to Jersey Zoo, we enjoyed seeing the broad range of unique avian species Durrell has been helping to protect. We were particularly motivated on hearing the success stories of the hard work that goes into saving species, such as the Mauritius kestrel [Falco punctatus]. But we are sure that the money we raise for Durrell will be directed to support whichever initiative is most in need and where the funds can make the biggest difference to species in danger.”

● So far, the team has raised more than £510 of its £700 target via fundraising website Just-Giving. To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/conscifordurrell


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