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Amazon adventure awaits

BIOLOGY students from Warrington will be heading to the Amazon Rainforest this summer to conduct valuable research into its future.

Priestley College tutor Louise Naidu is organising the trip for 15 A-Level students who all share a passion for making a difference in the world.

Among them is Katie Bartrop whose dream is to work in biological research.

“When I heard about this trip I knew I just had to go because it described exactly what I want to do in life,” she said.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the rainforest so this is an amazing opportunity for me.”

Priestley’s team of researchers will be flying to Peru in July and live on riverboats during their stay.

Data they collect will be used by Operation Wallacea to assess changes to the Amazon’s ecosystem, which is one of the most biologically diverse on the planet.

Their efforts will help support the indigenous Cocama Indians who, in recent years, have been affected by more extreme weather conditions including flooding and drought.

Chloé Green, a former pupil at The Heath, said the trip was unmissable.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me,” she said. “I’ve heard we will be catching piranhas to measure their teeth and counting the numbers of macaws in the rainforest.”

The trip is going to cost each student more than £2,000 so they are now busy fundraising. A recent race night held at Priestley College added more than £800 to the pot, which has now passed the £1,400 mark.

Louise Naidu said local businesses had also pledged money to help pay for the trip.

“The students are working hard to make sure this dream becomes a reality and have already achieved a lot,” she said.

“If any other businesses would consider sponsoring the students in some way we would really appreciate it.”

If your business would be interested in sponsoring the students please email l.naidu@priestley.ac.uk