Author Poppy Gitsham

Poppy is originally from the UK but currently lives in a small van parked up somewhere in Australia! She gained a primary school teaching degree from Plymouth University and specialises in science. Poppy has an absolute passion and drive for environmental education and enjoys working anywhere in this field. She is a keen traveller, seeing and learning as much as possible around the world. Her big dream is to own a business, teaching children about the wonders of the outdoors and our natural world. Poppy believes that people, and children in particular, will only want to save what they love. So her mission is to help people to see the wonders of our world, and lead them on a journey to loving it.

It’s unnerving to think that each year, hundreds of whales and dolphins strand on the shores of New Zealand. In fact, New Zealand has the highest stranding rate in the world. Some are sick or injured; others are perfectly healthy and need a helping hand back into the water. On average 300 animals strand in New Zealand each year and mass stranding can also be common, which can involve 100’s of animals at a time. But if you were to see a beached whale how many of us actually know how to help these magnificent marine mammals get back to…

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The Whitsundays is a collection of 74 islands off of Australia’s central east coast and part of the majestic world heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef. Second only to Cairns, it is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit the reef. It attracts nearly 600,000 visitors each year with over 300 tour boats in operation. Due to the popularity of this particularly beautiful and accessible part of the reef, much damage has been caused due to the dropping of anchors. This habitat loss has then become one of the most widespread causes of marine species decline on…

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There are so many wonderful conservation projects around the world that support our fragile oceans and marine life, but how many do you know of that you can actually become involved in? Many conservation charities provide you with opportunities to donate money, read about their work and fund raise, but maybe not get involved with the actual work itself. There are always the conservation ‘gap year’ options, which definitely get you more hands on with projects. However, more often than not these trips are very far away, costing a small fortune in fees and flights, where a large amount is…

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The majestic Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s most iconic dive site, for many a good reason. It is of immense size, stretching 2,300 kilometres along the north east coast of Queensland, covering an area 5 times the size of Tasmania. With its nearly 3000 reefs, along with many hundreds of islands, cays, shallow estuaries and areas of deep oceanic waters, the Great Barrier Reef hosts a truly great area of biodiversity. More than 1,500 species of fish call the Great Barrier Reef home; as well as 600 different types of coral, 134 types of shark and ray, over 30 kinds…

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Saltwater Crocodiles are the world’s largest reptile and Australia’s apex predators. These phenomenal crocs can grow up to 7 meters long and way up to a tonne. Considering that they can live for 70 years, they really are a dominant feature of Northern Australia’s beaches, rivers and estuaries. The prospect of travelling the Northern Australian coastline is exciting in itself. What makes it even more thrilling is knowing that you will be sharing the water with a creature that has been calling it home since the dinosaurs walked the earth. It is natural to be in absolute awe of such…

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