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Forests in the Sky Appeal: aiming to raise £500,000

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In the Andean cloud forests of central Ecuador, rare and charismatic mammals like the Spectacled Bear and the Mountain Tapir make their home. Flourishing alongside them are forests of micro orchids, some of the world’s tiniest plant species, which can only survive in the conditions particular to these locations.

Defending these extraordinary forests, and the plants and animals that rely on them, is a shared vision for World Land Trust (WLT) and its Ecuadorian partner, Fundación EcoMinga. Since 2007 the two organisations have been working together to buy land, by acre, to create nature reserves to secure the future of known species and those yet to be discovered.

The future of these fragile ecosystems is in our hands, and we can act together to save them today. 

Appeal aim

Following the news that a cluster of properties in the Andean cloud forest has come on the market, WLT urgently needs £500,000. The properties are close to existing reserves and a priority for purchase and protection, but time is short and the need is great.

The properties lie between the national parks of Llanganates and Sangay in Eastern Ecuador. Together with the existing Fundación EcoMinga reserves of Cerro Candelaria and Naturetrek the target properties are missing links in the Forest in the Sky Corridor, which lies on the west side of the larger Llanganates Sangay Corridor.

Big Match Fortnight


To meet the £500,000 target, WLT is raising funds for the Forests in the Sky Appeal during Big Match Fortnight, 1-15 October 2015. During the fortnight, all donations to the appeal will be doubled thanks to match funding pledged in advance by a small group of generous donors.

Donations made during Big Match Fortnight will make a real difference to the world’s remaining cloud forests, preserving them as a permanent safe habitat for all the species – great and small – that depend on them for survival.

Television presenter and conservationist Steve Backshall is championing the Forests in the Sky Appeal. Of Big Match Fortnight, he said: “This is a great opportunity to make your donation go twice as far.”

You can donate to the Forests in the Sky Appeal online, by cash or cheque, over the phone with a credit or debit card, or by text.

Donations received during Big Match Fortnight 1-15 October 2015 will be doubled.

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Funding urgently needed

Donations online

The process of matching online donations starts at 00:01 on 1 October 2015 and ends on 23.59 on 15 October 2015.

If you would like to make an online donation during Big Match Fortnight, please revisit this page on 1 October 2015.

Donations by cheque

Please send cheques to WLT, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9JU. Please make the cheque payee World Land Trust and enclose a note to say that the donation is for the Forests in the Sky Appeal.

Cheque donations received in advance of Big Match Fortnight will be cashed on or after 1 October 2015. These donations will be matched.

Donations by phone

Call + 44 (0) 1986 874422 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to make a donation over the phone with a credit or debit card.

Telephone donations received in advance of Big Match Fortnight will be processed on or after 1 October 2015. These donations will be matched.

Donations in cash

Cash donations can be made in person between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday at the WLT reception, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9JU.  

Cash donations will be banked on or after 1 October 2015. These donations will be matched.

Donations by text donations

Text BMFF15 to 70070 to donate up to £10.

If received during Big Match Fortnight, these donations will be matched.

Black-and-chestnut Eagle.
Funds raised for the Forests in the Sky Appeal will save land to protect Black-and-chestnut Eagles. © Fundación EcoMinga.

Forests in the Sky

WLT wholeheartedly supports efforts to create a secure wildlife corridor between the national parks of Llanganates and Sangay. Securing the Forests in the Sky Corridor is an important milestone on the path to protecting the wider Llanganates Sangay Corridor. On the map, the green areas between the national parks mark the existing reserves; the areas in orange indicate the properties that will be saved if the Forests in the Sky Appeal is successful.




The corridor is home to a wide range of mammals including Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque), Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla), Margay (Leopardus wiedii), Puma (Puma concolor) and several species of monkey including an as yet undetermined species of Woolly Monkey.

Birds in the area include a full range of eastern Andean species including Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spitzaetus isidori), Giant Antpitta (Grallaria gigantea), Crested Quetzal (Pharomachrus antisianus), Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps), Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) and both the Black-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris) and the Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan (Andigena hypoglauca).

In addition, there is a myriad of amphibians and reptiles, including a host of recently discovered species such as Pristimantis purocafeum.

This area is a centre for plant endemism and a unique location for orchids, including newly discovered species of the genus Teagueia and little known orchid species including Platystele species (world's smallest orchid). Other remarkable flora includes trees such as Blakea attenboroughii, a tree discovered by EcoMinga in 2007 and named for WLT Patron Sir David Attenborough.


The inter-Andean region has a very high human population density and a long history of agricultural use. Consequently, it has suffered severe forest loss and degradation and species extinctions. The outer flanks of the mountains are still heavily forested but these areas face pressure from illegal logging and the unregulated spread of agriculture.

The varied topography and conditions in the area have fostered evolution of numerous species that are highly adapted to localised conditions. This gives rise to high levels of species endemism and specialisation, two traits that make species uniquely vulnerable to changes in their habitats caused by human activities.

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