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24 July 2007

Over 150 young explorers have managed to escape Britain’s summer and arrived in five major wilderness destinations for a truly life changing experience that will involve some serious scientific studies.

The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) has waved goodbye to 157 budding explorers now in The Amazon, Greenland, Madagascar, Svalbard and Yukon.

The combination of physical challenges with scientific fieldwork and the conservation of remote environments will encourage the development of personal confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, as well as a spirit of adventure and exploration.

The young explorers, all aged between 16-24 years old and from all over the UK, have spent months planning for their trip, with fundraising, mentoring and physical training.

One of the challenges for the 32 strong team in the Amazon on the five week expedition is to assist local scientists on biodiversity research. This is to calculate whether protection which was put in place by the Peruvian government in recent years is having a positive effect on improving the environment.

The 51 young explorers in Greenland will be undertaking Glacial Geomorphology, which is the study of the landforms created by glaciers. During their six weeks they will also be looking at a surging glacier (one that is still advancing) and biodiversity levels in the area.

For six weeks the 36 explorers on the Madagascar expedition will see how the world’s fourth largest island suffers from massive deforestation, which is partly due to mining and local farming methods causing the rainforest to get split into smaller pockets. These areas are much more fragile than larger ones and also cause a lot of inbreeding in the animals and plant life, having a very negative affect on species. The team will be helping existing incountry conservationists on a 30 year project to replant forest corridors which will link up these different pockets.

The 12 young people on the Svalbard six week expedition will be taking part in a Leadership Development Programme in the Arctic wilderness, camping 600 miles from the North Pole. The ‘trainees’ are working towards a NVQ in Level 3 with a recognised link between expedition leadership skills and career leadership roles in extreme conditions.

The remote Yukon mountainous area in North West Canada reaches altitudes of over 2000 metres and lies just south of the Arctic circle. Home to 26 explorers for five weeks, geology, human science and biology projects will be undertaken on this polar expedition – with the group needing to be bear-aware at all times!

Will Taunton-Burnet, Executive Director for BSES Expeditions, said, “We are celebrating 75 years as the longest running youth development charity of its type and we are currently recruiting for young explorers to take part in 2008 expeditions which include The Amazon, the Antarctic region, Greenland, Svalbard and Ladakh in the Himalayas.”

Prospective adventurers please visit the BSES website www.bses.org.uk for more information and to apply for one of their expeditions, or contact the BSES directly on the contact details below.

Professor David Bellamy praises the BSES Expeditions as they are a way to “discover yourself and help save the world’s most important places”.

BSES Expeditions, The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore,
London, SW7 2AR

Telephone: 020 7591 3141, fax: 020 7591 3140, email: info@bses.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) is a non-profit UK-based charity which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1932 by the late Surgeon Commander G Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13, the BSES is one of the longest running organisations of its type.

Over the past 75 years, the BSES has:

• Discovered one new site of bushman artwork and artefacts in Africa.
• Trekked 57.6 times around the world. (That’s 2,303,840 km!)
• Measured 133 glacier snouts in the Arctic.
• Recorded 13,860 blood pressures in high altitude physiology studies.
• Protected 30,000 turtle eggs.

The aim of BSES Expeditions is to help the personal and social development of young people, through the challenge of exploring remote and demanding areas of the world through studying climate change in the Arctic and biodiversity in the Amazon jungle.

Based at The Royal Geographical Society in London, BSES Expeditions has provided opportunities for young people of all abilities between the ages of 16 and 23 to take part in adventure projects that involve science research in wilderness areas.

Recently honoured by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG at their annual awards ceremony, BSES Expeditions received The Geographical Award for ‘engaging young people with scientific fieldwork through expeditions’ for the past 75 years.

For further information

Please contact Carrie-Anne Savage, 020 7017 0894 or carrie@yesconsultancy.com or Giselle Daverat, 020 7017 0895 or giselle@yesconsultancy.com at The Yes Consultancy.

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