Charity


Siren

As a child Sasha spent hours watching animals, both wild and domesticated from which a strong desire to protect nature emerged, inspired by her father, Ken, a biochemist and amateur naturalist as well as her mum, Lynn, who loved animals and teaching.

Sasha as a child_1In 2000 Sasha founded conservation education charity Siren, the charity website can be found on www.siren.org.uk. Sasha is the creative force behind Siren as well as keeping an eagle eye on maintaining scientific accuracy.

 

Achievements 2000-2013


Africa

- Establishing a large grant from the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative for Community Conservation Education in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe with Tusk Trust and the Painted Dog Conservation project

- Initiating, and with Tusk Trust, establishing a large grant from the Vodafone Foundation for the Pan African Conservation Education project: www.paceproject.net

- Writing and designing ‘Africa Our Home’, a 199 page full-colour illustrated guide to environmental issues for African teachers and communitiesafrica_our_home_135

- Collating and editing 80 Action Sheets with detailed information on the sustainable development techniques shown in the PACE resource pack

- Sharing PACE resources with almost 400 organisations in 27 African countries

- Establishing training and capacity building projects in teacher training institutions in Cameroon, Uganda and Madagascar with funding from Tusk and the Arcus Foundation’s Great Ape programme

- Developing digital distribution plans with partners Worldreader (content on mobile phone readers in Africa) and CAMARA (computers for schools in Africa)

 

 

 

"Tusk is defined not just by over a hundred amazing projects in Africa, but also by the ground-breaking educational programmes that it has developed for local communities throughout the Continent, and at schools over here as well.  If you haven’t already seen Tusk’s PACE environmental education films and books, I urge you to do so: they are quite extraordinary. The imperative of balancing conservation of wildlife and natural resources with the ever-growing needs of the human race is at the heart of the great challenge facing mankind today."

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Royal Patron of Tusk Trust


United Kingdom

- Writing, producing and promoting Talking Tree trails at Hinksey Heights in Oxford and Angling Spring Woods in the Chilterns

- Running nature experience workshops and events for schools and families in Oxfordshire, Herefordshire and Berkshire

- Promoting wildlife friendly gardening at a Croudace Housing development site

- Setting up an online art gallery for everyone at www.naturebook.org
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- Creating and promoting educational resources for UK schools about environmental issues in Africa: www.paceproject.net, www.silentforests.net, with help from teachers and students at the Warriner School, Bloxham, Lord Williams School, Thame, Holmer Green School, Bucks, and Cherwell School, Oxford, and funds from Tusk and a UK government Department for International Development Development Awareness grant

- Acting as consultant to Earth Trust’s Connecting Naturally project, providing activities for children on visits to nature reserves and running a Naturebook event at the Earth Trust Autumn Festival

- Providing a workshop venue and facilitation to the New Economics Foundation, Herefordshire

Spain

- Purchasing and protecting a coastal nature reserve in Tarifa, Southern Spain

- Developing partnership with Spanish environmental organisation COCN with plans to deliver environmental education on site.