Please read each of the sections below carefully. They provide important information about your field course at Knepp Estate. Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Operation Wallacea office.
Travelling to and from the field course
The course attendees will meet at 6pm on the Sunday start date at the Knepp Estate, West Sussex
The course finishes at Knepp on the Saturday morning at 9am.
Students over 16 years of age can travel independently.
If you are not getting dropped off at Knepp directly, the easiest method of travel is to use the train. If you are getting dropped off, please email email@example.com for directions.
The closest main train station is Horsham. Please book your inbound train to arrive at Horsham between 5pm and 6pm on the Sunday*at the beginning of your expedition. Please book your outbound train to leave Horsham station between 9am and 10am on the Saturday at the end of your expedition. A member of Opwall staff will meet you at the train station when you arrive.
To get from the train station to site and back to the train station at the end of your expedition we have made a transport arrangement with a local taxi service, there is a charge for this service. The taxis will take you directly from the train station to site, and back again, with Opwall staff waiting to meet you at each end.
Please send the times of your inbound and outbound trains to: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know when you will be arriving and departing and we can be there to meet you. You will receive an email shortly after your train times are received which contains a link where you can pay your transport fee.
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By joining an Operation Wallacea expedition you are contributing directly towards the study and protection of threatened biodiversity, bringing significant financial benefits to small local communities, and working towards protecting valuable carbon stocks from deforestation. We are extremely proud of the impact we and our volunteers have had over the past two decades, creating a significant benefit to the environment.
However, we want to do more. Specifically, we want to make Operation Wallacea completely carbon neutral. As an organisation we offsetting our own emissions from staff travel (both road and air) and from running our offices. But we also want to encourage all our participants to offset, at the very least, the carbon emissions from their own international flights – and ideally more. To do this we will be supporting the Wallacea Reforestation Initiative in partnership with our sister charity the Wallacea Trust (UK Charity 1078362), and you can read more about this exciting project here that takes a new approach to tropical reforestation that benefits not only climate, but biodiversity and livelihoods too.
For more information on Opwall’s Carbon Offsetting click here
How to Calculate Your Donation Amount
Once booked and we’ve received your flight details, you’ll receive an email from us with a recommended donation amount, where we take the exact flight routes you’ve booked on to for your expedition, and run them through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon calculator. This calculator can be found here and the method used is found here. This gives us the total estimated amount of carbon your flights will emit into the atmosphere, and we assign a value of $10 USD (or £7.69 GBP) per ton of carbon. We only used the flights that we’re aware of, so if you have any more you may want to up the donation!
To calculate your carbon footprint you can use one of the many carbon calculators on line such as My Climate, Treedom, International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge and many others. If you’re happy with an estimate, a £15 donation will cover the carbon produced by the flights in more than 95% of cases.
To donate, click the button below.