Bill Wallace Grant to fund six life-changing adventures

This year's applicants will study endangered blue-eyed black lemurs in Madagascar and help a reforestation and schools project in Uganda

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The Trust is delighted to announce that this year’s Bill Wallace Grant will fund six exciting conservation adventures, from a study of endangered blue-eyed black lemurs in Madagascar to a reforestation and schools project in Uganda.

The grant was launched in 2007 as a memorial to the late Bill Wallace, a former stalwart of the Trust who played an important role in the earlier development of the organisation. It is used to help people seek out life-changing experiences in wild places.

The successful applicants this year are:

  • Alex Fall from Hampshire who will gather raptor data as part of an independent expedition to the Rewilding Europe region of the Rhodope Bulgarian mountain range.
  • 16-year-old Zeki Basan from Moray, who will walk and make a film of Scotland’s newest long-distance route, the John Muir Way.
  • Jesse Dufton, a Loughborough-based registered blind climber, who will measure and record data on Greenland’s ice caps and glaciers.
  • Caitlin Eschmann from Bristol who will study the critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur in Madagascar.
  • Emma Vicary, from Falmouth who will help develop elephant conservation through a honey bee project in Kenya.
  • Ninette Gray will take 15 Northumberland Scouts to help a reforestation and schools project in Uganda.

The John Muir Trust manages the Bill Wallace Grant for free – all funding raised goes to adventures and expeditions that benefit people and places.

Find out more about the Bill Wallace Grant.