Working to Protect Endangered Species

On our summer holiday we did our bit for the conservation of the endangered sea turtles. We went to the mass release of hatchlings at Alagadi Beach by Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT – Kuzey Kıbrıs Kaplumbağaları Koruma Cemiyeti) and Exeter University students.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”18″ display=”basic_slideshow”]The hatchlings we released into the sea were rescued from nests where they became trapped and would have died. By having the public assist in mass releases it greatly improves the chance that the hatchlings will survive over being released individually.

The volunteers were walked in darkness to the seafront and we were each given two hatchlings to release together. No white light was allowed as the hatchlings navigate their way to the sea by moonlight.

A wonderful experience!


Turkish exams saved!

In Turkey I was asked about our new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and what he could do for the Turkish community.

I told them how he had already helped the Turkish community in education.

I was fortunate to meet the PM during the 2015 General Election, when he was the then Mayor of London and he came to Enfield, on the train using the services he managed, to support Conservative candidates standing for election. I was standing in Edmonton and Nick de Bois was standing in Enfield North.

We met him off the train at the aptly named Turkey Street Station and he gave a rousing speech to supporters.

He was asked to support the Save Turkish Exams campaign which was threatened with retirement. He not only supported but used his influence to change policy and Turkish exams continue today.

He already has delivered for the Turkish community and will continue to do so.