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The Nyika Vwaza (UK) Trust works to improve the conservation of both the fauna and flora od the Nyika National Park and the Vwaza March Wildlife Reserve through its programme of education in the communities surrounding the protected areas and its work in applied research to find solutions to significant threats to the ecology of these areas.

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The Nyika-Vwaza Trust Articles

The following is a selection of articles that have appeared in our more recent newsletters.

The mammals of the Nyika and Vwaza: David Happold, whose speciality is the study of small mammals, provides details of the mammals to be found in the Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife reserve. This version includes a number of corrections.

The private lives of some Nyika brids: Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire, the eminent ornithologist, writes of the insights that hers and her husband, Robert Dowsett's, ringing studies of some of the Nyika's forest birds have provided. You can read of the female Cape (Malawi) Batis who preferred to live in a small degraded forest patch that was familiar to her, rather than move to a larger, and apparently better, patch that was unfamiliar. Or of the Greater-collared Sunbird, who was first ringed as an adult in January 1976, still alive in 1983 and lived around the Zambian rest house for a number of years.

Disa orchids on the Nyika: Isobyl la Croix, the eminent botanist and orchid expert, offers a guide to the Disa orchids of the Nyika. If you want to know in which habitat to find Disa erubescens or at what time of year Disa welwitschii flowers, this is the article for you!

Satyrium orchids on the Nyika: Isobyl la Croix, the eminent botanist and orchid expert, offers a guide to the Satyrium orchids of the Nyika.

Malawi revisited: Lorna Hobson, who lived and worked in Malawi, returns after more than 40 years. As you will see, a love affair with Malawi's people and places is rekindled.

Leopards of the Nyika: The Nyika National Park supports a healthy leopard population and, in the time since ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris took over the tourism concession on the Nyika, their guides and guests have had some extraordinary leopard encounters, as Roshenka de Mel, Marketing Co-ordinator for Wilderness Safaris Malawi, explains.

Orchids of the Nyika: Isobyl la Croix is a botanist who lived for many years in various African countries, finally spending 10 years in Malawi. While there, she developed a particular interest in the country’s native orchids and has written many books and articles about them. In this article, Isobyl highlights the great diversity of orchid species that can be found in the Nyika National Park.

Exploring a wilderness: Peter Overton who, with his wife Marianne runs Biosearch Expeditions, offers some of his insights into, and experiences of, the Nyika National Park.

Road-building in Malawi: Robin Gray writes of his experiences road building in Malawi in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Living in Chilumba forty years ago – up on the hill and Living in Chilumba 40 years ago – down on the plain: Robin Gray and Lorna Hobson write of their experiences as a road builder and a teacher, respectively, in Northern Malawi in the late 1960s.