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2015-16 award
Kasim Rafiq, Liverpool John Moores University.
Kasim is undertaking fieldwork with leopards in Botswana. His fieldwork period has been extended, so he will be spending longer than originally planned in Botswana. He has sent us a progress report to give us a sense of the material he is collecting. His report can be found here.

2015-16 award
Lee Raye.
Lee Raye, a postdoctoral researcher looking at 'Scotia Illustrata: pre-industrial Scotland' will be updating us in the early part of 2017.

2014-15 award
Andrea Barden, University of Leeds.
Andrea undertook fieldwork in Northern Cyprus. She thanked us for our support, saying she couldn't have done as much as she without the Trust's support and she collected a lot of excellent data. Her full report, with some stunning photos, can be found here.

2014-15 award
Natasha Phillips, Queen's University, Belfast.
Natasha completed field research in Italy over the summer, trying to track sunfish. Despite difficulties faced in collecting sunfish, the research was successful yielding large amounts of useful data. Her full report with photographs can be found here.

2013-14 award
Annette Fayet, University of Oxford.
Annette undertook fieldwork amongst Manx shearwaters, a seabird, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The research involved attaching miniature GPS trackers to both adult birds and juveniles, and tracking their movements over the sea as they foraged for food. The results are fascinating, showing that some birds travelled hundreds of miles over a period of a week or two. Some of her research has been written up in the prestigious journal Animal Behaviour (2015). See her full report here.

2012-13 award
Susanne Masters, University of Kent.
Susanne undertook fieldwork in southwestern Turkey, looking at threats to wild orchids such as land use changes, habitat loss and collection for consumption. See her full report here. Susanne has also published an article arising from this work in the December 2013 edition of Orchid Review.

2011-12 award
Christopher Tranter, University of Leeds.
Christopher had a very productive trip to Panama to carry out research on ant diversity. See the full report- with some fabulous pictures - here.

2010-11 award
Alex Pickwell, University of Lincoln.
Over the summer Alex Pickwell carried out surveys to examine the preferred habitat conditions of the Norfolk hawker dragonfly, and the possible effects of increased salinisation. He clearly had a productive period of fieldwork, and a full report of his findings can be found here.

2009-10 award
St Thomas More School, West Midlands
The St Thomas More School took school children to North Wales in September 2010. The pupils visited a variety of different environments with a focus on physical geography. See the full report here.

2008-9 award
Marten Lewis, Darwin Centre
Rocky shore exploration days on the Pembrokeshire Coast, Summer 2009.

The Darwin Centre has submitted a report detailing how the grant was spent. Three summer clubs, made up of children between 5-16, spent the day on the Pembrokeshire coast, rock pooling and learning about the natural history of the area. It is clear from the Report that the Trust's money was well spent, as a really good day was had by the children who attended. See the full report here.

2007-8 award
Alexis Pridmore, University of Aberdeen.
Following her successful trip to Zambia, Alexis Pridmore has written a report telling us more about her research. Alexis, together with other members of the Glasgow / Aberdeen Universities Zambia Expedition, undertook three months of research in Zambia collecting extensive ecological data within the Kasanka National Park. The expedition was extremely successful in collecting substantial amounts of data to help in the assessment of the biodiversity and ecological habitat condition of the region.

The research funded by the Alice McCosh Trust focused on Biodiversity, parasitic burden and habitat ecology of dry season bats in the Kasanka National Park. The team also introduced the UK-based iBats programme (www.ibats.org.uk) to Kasanka National Park to facilitate the launch of an ongoing bat monitoring scheme in the area.

For full details of the project please see the attached report.

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