The Kirosa Scott Reserve

The Challenge

Natural evolution over hundreds of thousands of years evolved the Trans-Sahara migration route and the eco systems in which the birds and their migration exist. Birds are vital to the natural ecosystem in which man lives. Now human population growth, behaviour and consumption of natural resources has unbalanced this eco system.

Trans-Sahara migrating birds face man-made perils throughout their migration route and then arrive at their wintering destinations in Africa to an ever decreasing area of forest or suitable habitat in which to feed and shelter for several months.

The Solution

Bob Scott spent his life trying to raise awareness and interest in birds and the need to protect them and the habitats in which they live. Declines which are being inflicted by man.

The memorial appeal is raising money to continue this mission by purchasing more land to expand an area of sanctuary in the Dakatcha Forest, Kenya, now known as the Kirosa Scott Reserve which was originally bought in his memory.

Why are we buying the forest in Kenya first?

Because Bob Scott was a man of action, who wanted real, effective, lasting results that would make a difference. The BSMA has already saved 219 acres from destruction for Pineapple Growing but we are now trying to purchase further land to take the forest up to 1500 acres of the Dakatcha Forest.  This is vital forest for Eastern European migrating birds and we both worked with the Eastern Europeans for many years.  It is also ACHIEVABLE.  Plus you have to start somewhere!

In all of this we are being guided and helped by A Rocha and BirdLife International.

The area we are protecting 

The Dakatcha Forest is was part of the ancient forest of Arouboki, which once stretched from the Somalian border right down to and through, Tanzania.  Now in Kenya apart from one block of just over 400 square kilometres only remnants remain one such being the Dakatcha Forest.

The Kirosa Scott Reserve is an area within Dakatcha, situated close to a village named Kirosa.

The healthy forest areas support a wide variety of wildlife, the areas devastated by humans look like the picture opposite, devoid of cover, fauna and insects for food. The BSMA is purchasing areas of ‘good, relatively undamaged forest’ as well as areas that can be replanted to recover over time.

Why the Kirosa Scott Reserve?

  • An ancient migration destination and stop over area, the Dakatcha Forest in Kenyan is being harmed by the needs of man.
  • Cleared for short term financial gain through planting of non-native agricultural products, Pineapples, which decimate the quality of the soil.
  • Cut for charcoal to fuel the growing population.
  • The land can be purchased quickly and therefore the habitat protected.
  • There are environmental and campaigning organisations in place striving to protect the area, including educating the next generations through involvement with local schools on the environmental impacts in the region.
  • The individuals who had the power to create a reserve, wanted it to happen and therefore cooperated to remove barriers that are hindering the same speed of progress in Europe and we are sure they will continue to help us.
  • Because Bob, and I, loved Africa. What he learned from his interactions with the people, the country and it’s fauna were part of what made his reputation. The Kirosa Scott Reserve is one part of a thank you for his life, passions and the welcome we received from this continent.

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