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group of American tourists visited Turkey with 'Hidden Places', a tour
group who visit unusual destinations. The highlight of their trip to
Dalyan was asking to meet Kaptan June and visit her hut and learn about
the Foundation. The group were introduced to our aims and the problems
turtles face in Dalyan and all over Turkey. With great interest they
learnt the story of Iztuzu Beach, June's campaign against the planned
huge hotel. With international awareness, June and concerned friends
were able to convince the Turkish government to declare Iztuzu a
Specially Protected Area (SPA).
24th of May, 2013 the successful premiere of the new documentary 'Kaptan
June' by Barbara Trottnow took place in Dalyan to a packed house. The
German filmmaker has known “Kaptan June” for 22 years. Last year she did
several long interviews with June and created a personal portrait
describing June's great commitment and at the same time telling the
special story of Iztuzu beach. There is some nice footage from June’s
Previously unknown photos, some from the abandoned excavation of the
hotel prevented by June in the eighties, enrich the film.
foundation invited Sir David Bellamy and his wife Rosemary to Dalyan
during June. In honour of this well-known British environmental
scientist, we gave a cocktail party at the Dalyan Resort Hotel. Sir
David joined the cocktail party with his wife Rosemary . Local officials
Arif Sari, the Dalyan mayor, Hasan Karaçelik and Kadir Sahin, the
districts education commissioner attended the event. Many locals and
tourists had come to share this lovely event with us in the wonderful
surroundings right at the river.
An auction of several pictures that were donated by various artists was
held for the benefit of our foundation and brought a good result. Sir
David gave interviews
signed some of the auctioned pictures.
The media reported in detail, which again promoted our cause to the
There were relaxed days for Sir David, too. Besides a nice boat trip on
an environmental electric boat, propeller guarded of course, and
chatting in June's garden he was able to enjoy some excursions and we
could show him our surroundings including a visit to June's village
house at Kisla.
the beginning of the season, we erected several signs for our foundation
centre at Iztuzu beach and in Dalyan itself. There had been complaints
in the past of tourists not easily finding us. We hope with these signs
now it will be easier to find us.
In fact, our visitor numbers have increased by 100% in 2013, maybe
because of the new signs or as a result of our PR-work, probably both.
Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church Istanbul visited the foundation
this year. On April 9. Istanbul Patriarch Bartholomeos 1st visited
Dalyan together with a group of international religious dignitaries and
did not miss a visit our information centre where June explained our
vision and mission with them. He gave her a blessed bracelet and prayed
for her, wishing her many more years and success in her efforts to
protect the Sea Turtles.
Chistmas Fair 2012 and new friends
Christmas Fair in Dalyan was a great success. It was a lovely, sunny
day. People from all over the area were there and Father Christmas
visited to the delight of the local children. The Foundation stall was
very busy and we sold some gifts, gave out lots of leaflets and got lots
of signatures on the petition. We saw lots of old friends and met some
new ones. In particular, Jan Crosbie and Christine White from Koycegiz
who were running a stall selling beautiful Christmas candles and table
decorations. When we went to chat to them we discovered that they were
raising money for the foundation! After visiting us on the beach in the
summer and learning about the awful injuries turtles receive from boat
propellers they and their friend Julie Cottrell in England started
fundraising. Julie started the fund off with Ł100 and they have now
raised a fantastic total of 1000TL.
Kaptan June and all at the foundation send a heartfelt thanks to them.
New mural on Kaptan June’s Hut
after the relocation of Kaptan June’s Hut, London-based artist Tammara
Mattingly offered to do an İztuzu mural on the side wall facing the
The mural shows loggerhead turtles coming to İztuzu Beach to nest, with
oleander-bordered İztuzu Lake and the Gökbel hills at the background .
Many Turkish visitors picnicking around the Hut in the weekends come to
have a better look at this piece of art. Both the Hut and its new mural
are watched with astonishment and delight and are praised for the way
they have been integrated in the scenery.
Tammara is the, creative director of Light & Colour workshop UK.
She has impressive expertise in applied art, multimedia, teaching and
counselling Over the past 10 years she has used her artistic background
to develop creative and therapeutic projects for schools, crime
prevention teams, and various community services in London.
Thank you, Tammara!
The Foundation is proud to have met and worked with you and hopes to
continue the cooperation for many years to come ...
Channel 3 Travels
5 June Kaptan June’s Hut was visited by the popular Dutch BNN television
program “3 Op Reis” that would like to do an item on Kaptan June and her
foundation. “Channel 3 Travels” is a series about travelling and tourism
in which sustainability is an important element.
After making a boat tour on the river, the film crew came to Kaptan
June’s hut to interview June. Subsequently June accompanied them to the
sea turtle rehabilitation centre. The enthusiastic film crew was very
interested in the foundation’s propeller guard project and the museum
The visit to İztuzu Beach was the conclusion of a small Turkey Tour they
had done for their new broadcasting season. Not a bad choice at all!
Relocation of Kaptan June’s Hut
On 8 May Kaptan June’s Hut has been relocated to a more private spot in
Iztuzu forest. Dalyan’s mayor Arif Sarı came with the suggestion to move
the hut to one of the old concrete platforms in the forest that was
built by Kavala when development started on the beach in 1987. It is a
place which comes with a bit of history attached and its location is
absolutely perfect! The spot offers far more shade and is closer to the
car park and toilet facilities. Due to its elevation, it offers a
splendid view of the beach and sea.
We highly appreciate the constructive collaboration with our mayor!
The Dalyan X-mas and New Year’s Fair
December 10th Dalyan’s first X-mas and New Year’s fair was organised by
Dalyan Dernek, the oldest of the local charity organisations.
we have been very active at the beach this year, this was in fact the
first time that we presented ourselves
to a wider public in Dalyan
itself. The lovely weather on market day helped to make the Fair a great
success, both publicity-wise and for raising funds. The day showed that
the Dalyan associations can work together.
We ourselves were
particularly pleased to welcome some new Friends and volunteers to
support our foundation.
HAYTAP visiting Dalyan
when we thought that the season had ended and were planning to clear the
Hut as a preparation for winter, Mebrure Kuzey-Blom of the Dalyan dog
sanctuary came to June to hand her an invitation.
the Feast of Sacrifice HAYTAP, the Animal Rights Federation of Turkey,
were having their 4th national representatives’ meeting. Thanks to a
very persistent Mebrure, one of the four days would be spent in Dalyan
including a visit to Kaptan June’s Hut and the Sea Turtle Rehab Centre.
Of course June was invited for all of the day’s program, a boat trip,
lunch at Denizkızı, a visit to the dog sanctuary, the visit to Iztuzu
Our first project
of the main hazards for sea turtles in the Dalyan waterways is shell
cuts by pro-propeller crashes. The boat fleet operating on the Dalyan
waterways amounts to 500-600 boats, and only a handful has propeller
protection. There-fore we decided that the first project of the new
foundation would be the promotion of propeller caging.
team of Volunteers
People of different national-ties have
voluntarily offered their time and effort to make our maiden year a
success. Their efforts included managing the foundation, accounting,
writing project plans, meeting with officials, converting the Hut into a
PR centre, informing visitors, translating, supplying our Gift Shop,
and many more chores ...
11 May 2011: June
Welcomed at Buckıngham Palace
It did not pass unnoticed in the Turkish press that Kaptan June would be
awarded an MBE for work done in Turkey! See a Turkish video report made
in January 2011: Kraliçe tarafından onurlandırıldı
On 11 May June Haimoff-Fairey was received at Buckingham Palace to be
awarded an MBE for her "services to environmental conservation and the
protection of endangered turtles in Turkey", a recognition for her many
years of splendid work. More photos and video will follow ...
6 May 2011:
Fırst General Meetıng
publication in the Resmi Gazete on 9 April 2011, the Foundation finally
got its official status and could call its first general meeting for 6
May. After a general introduction about the vision and goals of the
Foundation, the Board of Directors was officially elected.
meeting was tri-lingual (Turkish, English and German) to suit Foundation
members of different nationalities. Besides June Haimoff (1st
President), the Board of Directors consists of Bahar Suseven (2nd
President), Thomas Schmitz (3rd President),
Sue Taylor (Accountant)
and Abidin Kurt (Secretary), all of whom have been close and loyal
friends of June’s for many years.
11 APRIL 2011:
Propeller Guard Project
Unfortunately loggerhead turtles and Nile Turtles regularly suffer from
severe shell cuts by propeller strikes. Therefore the first project of
the new foundation is aimed at encouraging local boat captains to fit
propeller guards. To this end a get-together was staged with Atilla
Gültekin (manager of the Dalyan Kooperatifi), Özleyiş Çakır (director/engineer
of Emek Marin) and representatives of the Foundation to discuss the
desirability of fitting specifically designed prop guards onto the boats
of the Boat Cooperative. The foundation will give eight guards to the
Dalyan Boat Cooperative as a first incentive to contribute to
responsible eco-tourism on the Dalyan waterways. Okçular-based
Cooperative captain Ali Topcuoğlu is the proud owner of the first prop
See press article:
24 FEBRUARY 2011: Positive Court Decision !
After months of waiting we finally received word that the
KAPTAN JUNE SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
has been accepted and confirmed in court.
See press article :
Kaptan June sea turtle foundation gets official go ahead
Seeing the Notary at Denizli
Thanks to the donations of generous benefactors, 11 November 2010 will
enter the Caretta caretta history books as the date at which the
official establishment of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation
Foundation started. It is the first foundation of its kind in Turkey,
since other environmentally oriented foundations are not focused on the
conservation of these special species.
After a long ride to Denizli, June and her companions met with Professor
Yakup Kaska at the Pamukkale University. After discussing any pitfalls
in the Foundation’s Constitution, the company joined for lunch.
Around 3 pm June Haimoff and her fellow-founders Yakup Kaska, Bahar (Heike
) Suseven, Yasemin Pakyürek and Abidin Kurt, signed the foundation’s
constitution at the notary in Denizli. The meeting was a very
pleasurable one in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Realising this important milestone after the painstaking process of
bringing together the 50,000 TL asset required by the Turkish government,
was an emotional moment for all the company gathered.
The process of establishment will probably take another 1 – 2 months.
Any new developments will be reported on this web page.
April 2010 saw the reunion of two elders of the environmental movement.
Dr. David Bellamy and June Haimoff, incredibly energetic eco-warriors,
came together to commemorate the ‘Battle for Dalyan’ and reignite
awareness for sea turtles and Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan in southwest Turkey.
A Gala Evening was held on Saturday 10th April to raise funds towards
the establishment of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation.
It proved to be a successful evening, raising 6,000 Turkish Liras. The
Foundation will be an enduring facility for raising revenue to enable
educational opportunities for Turkish young people to attend University
and study Environmental Sciences as well as raising funds for other
environmental purposes. It will be overseen by the Pamukkale University
with June being the Patron.
The guest of honour at the Gala Evening was the world famous
environmentalist Professor Sir David Bellamy who in the 80's supported
June in her fight to keep this beach free of development and preserve
the nesting grounds. Professor Bellamy attended the Gala Evening and
enjoyed Breakfast on the Beach with Kaptan June and others the next day.
Breakfast on the Beach
Are you interested in meeting Kaptan June personally?
Why not join us for "Breakfast on the Beach with Kaptan June"? These are
regularly held at the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Iztuzu Beach
and are supported by a donation.
For the next date please telephone (+90)5386019220