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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.

The Trust provides funding for these activities largely through the generosity of its supporters.

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The Nyika-Vwaza (UK) Trust

New Guide to Nyika - now available!

This 232-page guide gives an informative and fascinating explanation of the ecology, geology, climate, history and communities of The Nyika. Exquisite photos and helpful descriptions show the vegetation, wildflowers, wildlife, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and butterflies of the park, with full species lists.

Author, Sigrid Johnson, has written the guide to be useful for students, researchers, visitors, wildlife tour guides, and all manner of flora and fauna enthusiasts. It also makes an enjoyable read for those with less specific interests. We hope it will be used in Malawi, by Malawians.

She produced the original edition of the guide after living on the Nyika from 1986-8 and, when she recently retired from the Canadian Diplomatic Service, she undertook to produce this new guide. She and her husband, Don McMaster, renewed their acquaintance with the Nyika Plateau during a month-long visit in 2014. The guide is a convenient 13.5 x 21.5 cms and has fold-out covers for easy reference to maps and animal identification silhouettes.

To buy the guide please contact Peter Lawrance on, or Tel: +44 (0) 1483 714130.
Guide to Nyika

The Nyika-Vwaza (UK) Trust has available for sale packs of notelets featuring paintings of flowers, birds, animals, (each having 5 cards per pack) and butterflies (6 cards per pack) found on the Nyika, all painted by David Kelly, a renowned wildlife artist. They are in A6 folded format (150mm x 105mm) and are blank on the inside. Each pack costs £5.50 including UK postage and packaging. They can be ordered by email or post from The Hon Secretary and Treasurer, Peter Lawrance, 50 Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4NA; Email: The pack samples are shown below.

Charaxes bohemiSwordtail
RoschildsPainted lady
Long tailed admiralEyed pansy

There are also a number of books and pamphlets available for sale.
To purchase any of the following please contact Peter Lawrance.

African Natualist – The Life and Times of Rodney Carrington Wood 1889-1962 - David Happold. Priced at £5.00 per copy plus £2.50 postage and packaging.

Malawi – Endangered Beauty - David Kelly; hardback. Priced at £27.50 plus postage and packaging.

Other books – softback, £5 each, or 3 for £10 for 3 plus postage and packaging.

By Water to the Warm Heart of Africa - the role of Lake Malawi and the Shire River in the history of Malawi – Colin Baker