2023 Bioasis Tribe Travel
Saturday 27th May to Monday 29th May
Location: Classified, somewhere in South West England.
Mission Start Point: https://w3w.co/cowboy.blasted.officials
The planned mission...
We hope you will join us on this short but very special mission into The Bioasis. Leave the hustle of everyday life behind and escape into the quiet of ancient forests, wildflower meadows and the stunning coastal estuary of this hidden corner of the UK.
We are aiming for a group of around 20 to 30 teachers - made up of clients from both The Bioasis and STC Expeditions. We hope it will be an opportunity to reflect, regenerate and generally put the world to rights.
Want to join us?
Below is a summary of the plan for the weekend. Please note the structure of the days and some activities may need to change depending on weather, tide times and the make up of the group.
Saturday 27th May
Meet the Bioasis team at the above Mission Start Point and walk from there into basecamp. We plan to have two scheduled departures times from the MSP for the walk in – one at 11am and another at 2pm. Please allow plenty of time to park, get your kit ready, boots on etc, so you’re ready to leave on time.
Depending on which basecamp we use for this mission, the trek in is usually between 45 minutes and an hour. Most of it is on gravel tracks and bridlepaths but the final 20 minutes to each camp is uphill on narrow footpaths through woodland. Good outdoor footwear is required!
Settle into basecamp with some tea, coffee (and lunch if you’re on the early walk in). Arrival briefing from Mission Control and your mission leaders, followed by the setting out of wildlife cameras and small mammal traps.
Afternoon session in the woodland with tree ID sessions and hands-on conservation work such as removal of invasive rhododendron.
Return to basecamp for dinner. We’re hoping to arrange an evening talk from the landowner and his vision for the estate which includes regenerative farming, increasing biodiversity, nature-based tourism and re-wilding. Evening session around the campfire. We’ll learn how to use bat detectors and, all being well, enjoy some quality star gazing!
Sunday 28th May
This morning we’ll check the mammal traps before breakfast, identifying and then carefully releasing anything we find. Having prepared our packed lunch, we’ll head down to the estuary and meet our canoe team for an adventure on the water. Heading upstream, we’ll pass petrified forests, salt marshes and agricultural retaining walls built by Napoleonic prisoners of war. Keep an eye out for a wide range of birdlife and, with luck, sea bass and trout too.
In the afternoon, we’ll head back downstream and hopefully (time allowing) explore some of the estuary south of our put in point before the tide becomes too low. There is usually the chance to do some plastic clean up work in various locations along the estuary too.
Back on shore, we’ll head back to camp for the remainder of the day, checking the small mammal traps again, along with a look at the reptile refugios and camera traps. For those that still have the energy, there is the possibility of a walk to a see one of our other basecamp locations which is approximately 45 minutes walk away (one way). Dinner and evening around the fire.
Monday 29th May
After breakfast and checking the traps for the final time, we pack all our belongs ready for these to be taken back to our MSP by vehicle later in the day. Head off on foot to the other side of the estate to look at the field archery course and an area of the estuary where large build ups of ocean plastic can occur. After a packed lunch out and about we head back to the MSP where we say goodbye to the mission team. You should be free to travel home by around 2pm or 3pm, although if you can’t stay that long we can make provision for you to depart earlier.
Accommodation will be in large, shared dormitory style tents, each hosting up to 10 people with separate tents for men and women. We provide camp ‘cot’ beds, but recommend bringing a therm-a-rest or sleeping mat to make them a little more comfortable. Depending on final numbers for the trip, the group may be split across more than one basecamps. We can make provision for a few single tents if you feel you cannot share for any reason.
Getting to the Mission Start Point
If you would like to travel by train, the nearest station is Ivybridge. We may be able to arrange to pick you up and transfer you to the Mission Start Point (depending on train times) alternatively it’s about a 20 minute taxi journey from Ivybridge. If you’re planning to drive then the best postcode to use for directions is PL8 2ES. There is secure parking here and this will be where the group will meet initially. If you are planning to drive and would like to share petrol costs and space in your car then please let us know and we will try and match you with another teacher from your area. Thank you.
All food will be provided from lunch on Saturday to packed lunch on Monday. As per our school missions, it’s no problem to deal with allergies or special diets, please just inform us of any dietary requirements in advance.
We will be issuing a kit list for the mission in due course, once details have been finalised and numbers confirmed. For the time being, the most essential bits of kit to bring are:
Sleeping bag (2 – 3 season)
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Warm hat / gloves
Comfortable walking boots/shoes
Old trainers/clothes you don’t mind getting wet/muddy.
All technical equipment for the activities will be provided.
You’ll be carrying your clothing and kit into basecamp for the weekend, so please pack it in a rucksack that is comfortable to carry. If you can’t carry your own rucksack for any reason then we can make provision to have your kit transferred into basecamp. More details on kit to follow in due course.
Communications and mobiles
For all school missions, the Bioasis is a mobile free zone. For teacher missions such as this one, we encourage you to turn off your data (and ideally your phone!) for the duration to make the most of the experience and beautiful setting. It all helps to avoid distractions and prevent unexpected message notifications ruining the ambience of basecamp!
How to book your place:
In the first instance, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and reserve your place.
We can then send you details of how to pay the £85 along with further information in due course.
Spaces are limited. If you are unavailable for this weekend, but would like nominate another teacher, then that is fine – please get in touch with us and we can send them the information, or you can forward it on to a relevant person.
Any questions - please phone Mission Control on 01392 790012
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