In November 2022, Jake Bessant and Laura Jones from the park here in Knutsford will journey to VulPro in South Africa – the charity tasked with ‘Protecting African vultures through collaboration and innovation’.

Jake and Laura, both experienced bird handlers will work with the team at VulPro and learn all about how they go about protecting vultures in the wild.

In the run up to this worthy adventure, they climbed Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, at 978 metres to raise funds to buy much needed supplies for VulPro. The climb took place on Monday 11th July. Gauntlet Conservation Trust (UK registered charity, Number 1160179) set up a JustGiving page to allow people to donate and they have almost reached their target. Whether you have a little or a lot to give, it all mounts up and the money raised can do so much to help this amazing charity make a difference to saving such a spectacular bird. If you want to read up on the status of African vultures click here and be directed to VulPro’s website.

We will be posting pictures and videos of Jake and Laura’s progress on our social media pages and in our news section over the coming months. Please follow us to give your support to Jake and Laura by: sharing their posts, donating if you can and spurring them on with positive comments on their social media posts.

Jake & Laura’s Fundraiser Scafell Pike Climb – JustGiving link, click here to donate!


We set up an Amazon wish list of items that we can take to Vulpro in November, if you wish to purchase an item please click here to be directed to our Amazon Wish List.

Some vulture species are threatened with possible extinction within our lifetime unless we can curb the ongoing downward spiral now! Some populations have plummeted by over 90% in the past 30 years.

Excerpt taken from VulPro’s website.