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WELCOME TO WESM - THE WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY OF MALAWI (Blantyre Branch)

WESM has been dedicated to protecting Malawi’s remarkable diversity of animals and habitats for over 70 years. Strictly non-profit, we rely on donations from individuals and businesses in Malawi and from around the world to fund our work.

JANUARY NEWSLETTER OUT NOW

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WESM Newsletter January 2019

WESM/GLOBAL GARDEN BIRD COUNT - MAY 4th

This year again WESM will align its National Garden Bird Count to the international Birding day on May the 4th. We know there is lots happening on this day but you can still help. You don’t need to be an bird expert, or go out all day long. Even 10 minutes in your backyard will help. Global Big Day (Garden Bird Count) runs from midnight to midnight . You can report birds from anywhere in the world.

We would like to ask that you spend 1 hour in your garden and record all the birds you see in the sheet provided or you can keep a record of all the birds that you have seen all day anywhere in Malawi and submit that list either directly on www.ebird.org or email the list to birdsmalawi@gmail.com.

HERE is a handy guide of common birds. If you do an all day record just make sure you state where each bird was seen.

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HELP WESM UPHOLD A COURT RULING ON THIN PLASTICS
 
This past July, WESM and its partners marched through the streets of Blantyre, celebrating a court ruling in favour of the 2015 government ban on the manufacture and distribution of thin (less than 60 microns), single-use plastic within Malawi. However, this success was short-lived as soon afterwards, plastic manufactures challenged the ban for a second time, this time in the Supreme Court.

WESM is committed to continue this fight and has launched the “Warm Hearts Are Not Made Of Plastic” crowd-funding campaign. Monies raised will be used to educate communities, garner public support and launch a legal challenge against the current stay order, which has allowed the continued production of these plastics in Malawi.

To donate please visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/MalawiWESMFriends

All donations are tax deductible in the UK. Please help us in protecting Malawi’s Warm Heart!

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WESM’S 2019 CALENDAR IS OUT NOW AND READY FOR SALE!

WESM calendars make fabulous gifts and are great for shipping! Last year’s calendar sold out before Christmas so do get yours soon. Order directly from any of the following WESM members: 

 
Sarah Burr (099 717 0427; seburr@hotmail.com)
Paul Taylor (099 445 4119; wesmbt@africa-online.net). 
Phil Pile (099 996 1756)
Mike Bamford (099 962 0418)
 
Cost is MK7,000 for paid-up WESM members and K7,500 for non-members. 
 
Calendars can also be purchased at Crystal’s Florists, La Caverna and at all WESM functions.