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Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society Greece

Archelon, was founded in 1983 and works to protect sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles. In 1990, the organisation began running summer field projects on Crete to monitor and protect the nesting population of Loggerhead turtles, and raise awareness among local people and tourists.

Volunteer role(s):

  • Morning surveys to look for baby turtle tracks and locate nests, marking of hatching nests, dealing with any hatchlings that are still on the beach
  • Night surveys to tag adult female turtles during nesting
  • Excavations of hatched nests to determine the hatching success
  • Beach patrols where we inform beach users how to behave on the nesting beaches in order not to harm the nests
  • Safe guarding of nesting beaches at night to prevent people from entering the beaches and therefore disturbing turtles
  • Running of information kiosk
  • Giving slide shows and conducting Information Tables at hotels and touristic boats

Project location: Crete, Greece

Project dates: July – August 2017

Team size: 10

Cost: £850 (Each first time volunteer will get £100 of the price a European project)

Fundraising: In addition to the fees each volunteer has to raise a minimum of £100 which will be donated to Archelon for them to use for the Crete research facilities.

Information sessions:

  • 18th October, Macaulay Hall 111, Headingley Campus  16:30-17:00
  • 19th October, The Gateway, Leslie Silver Building, City Campus 16:00-16:30

Selection event: 28th November 16:00 - 18:00

Application deadline: 9th November 2016

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