Maybe the Shelley’s can also help change things for the good

20 Mar

By now most of our supporters know that the threatened and elusive Shelley’s crimsonwing is found in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Uganda. Back in 1979 when Sir David Attenburough returned to England from a trip to Rwanda he and a group of pioneering conservationists set up the Mountain Gorilla Project and as they say the rest is history.

The natural habitat where both the threatened mountain gorillas and the elusive shelley’s crimsonwing reside is extremely lush and virtually anything that the locals may wish to plant will grow. Given this temptation , as seen in the informative above YouTube video clip, it is extremely important for the Rare Finch Conservation Group ( RFCG ) to help educate the locals, on the value of EcoTourism to protect their environment for future generations.

Part of the vision of the  RFCG  is to promote the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda , with its 43 finch species which includes the threatened Shelley’s crimsonwing finch, as the world’s top destination for finch enthusiasts.

The RFCG strongly believes in upskilling the local community wherever it is possible and creating a new EcoTour industry for finch enthusiasts is part of that vision. In August the RFCG will be taking its first group of seven guests from Australia to Bwindi. All profits generated from the trip will be donated to the Rare Finch Conservation Group to further the research work needed on the threatened Shelley’s crimsonwing finch that desperately needs attention.

For more information on the pioneering conservation work that the RFCG is doing please contact  or visit our website at

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