A new year and a new expedition.
We had been bouncing along in the 4x4's since first light. Progressively the road turned from tarmac to gravel to sand, and then with the minarets of Al Hashman fading back into the heat haze..
We had tents, but didn't feel any need or desire to use them except for storing kit, preferring to sleep out on the open sands all alone, save for the occasional nosy camel..
We are now approaching the last leg of the expedition and are en route to Salalah after an intense and enjoyable few weeks..
All is quiet again in base camp as the two groups left for the final time..
The evening campfire is often disrupted by shouts of "gecko"..
When we planned this expedition, we had an ambitious (and in all honesty, unrealistic) objective. To find the Arabian Leopard, one of the rarest cats in the world.
Dr Mansoor from the Office of Conservation for Environment joins the expedition team in Wadi Sayq..
With our goal of exploring and studying Wadi Sayq well underway, here in the science team we're working hard to pack in as many surveys as possible..
So the Members fire has finally got back to the sunny UK! Our last few days have been really interesting and memorable..
We headed up to the plane that runs the full length of the Wadi, with the aim of finding access points that lead down to the Wadi floor enabling us to survey with greater ease..
Having just returned to base camp from a several day foray into the Wadi, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all our team members who will have recently..