Article By Rebecca Smith

Hyundai Kings Lynn are proud to be supporting one of their Sales Executives as he gears up for the trip of a lifetime to The Gambia as a volunteer at the Kartong Bird Observatory.


Oliver Reville will join the team in Kartong to assist with their work protecting wildlife. Oli will spend a week assessing the current issues facing the local area and photographing wildlife to help the Observatory plan the best way forward to protect this important migration point.


This is Oli’s second conservation and awareness project having spent a month in Georgia last year monitoring the illegal hunting and trapping of birds in the area.


Talking about his next project Oli said: “The area is one of the most important migration stopping points on the West Coast of Africa and sadly it isn’t protected.”


As a former sand mine, the area is regularly subjected to deforestation and is constantly under threat.


Matthew Holden, Sales Manager at Kings Lynn said: “This is a proud moment for the team here and Read Motor Group as it is a great cause which Oli will carry out in his own time.”


Kartong Bird Observatory is a study centre for wildlife and provides medical care for the village of Kartong. One of the best birding sites along the coast of The Gambia, the centre carries out a variety of study programmes into bird populations and migration, and carries out bird ringing to provide data on bird communities in the area enabling the team to educate local people about the importance of protecting wildlife.


For more information on the work of the observatory visit www.kartongbirdobservatory.org.