Fundación ProAves – por la conservación en el país de las aves




ProAves Foundation is the sister entity of the Fundación ProAves in the UK. Our main objective is to support Fundación ProAves in Colombia, such as through the search for funding for its projects and other initiatives.

Some of the important work carried out by ProAves UK to date are:

  • Obtaining funds for the purchase of several natural reserves of Fundación ProAves of Colombia;
  • Obtain funds for various research programs and expeditions (eg, EBA project);
  • ProAves UK is a UK registered charitable trust with the Charities Commission. 
Team members

 ProAves UK or ProAves Foundation has 4 expert members in conservation and protection of the environment:

Dr. Mark Mulligan

Professor of Geography

Mark has been a trustee of ProAves UK since its founding on 25 June 2003 and has established many environmental research projects in Colombia since 2005, including having supervised several Colombian MSc and PhD students at King’s College, London. 

Mark completed his undergraduate degree in geography at the University of Bristol and moved to King’s College, London for his PhD. Mark took up the post of Lecturer then Reader in Geography at King’s from 1994 at the age of 24 and has been teaching and researching in the Department since. 

In 2003, Mark was awarded the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Gill Memorial Award. Mark is an honorary fellow at the United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Robert Gilles

Founder member

Robert is a founding trustee of ProAves UK and long-term support. Robert graduated with an M.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1982 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985. 

Robert is an active birder and conservationist, and has supported many ProAves projects since 2003. In 2009, Robert’s contribution to conservation was commemorated with the species’ epithet of the Grallaria milleri gilesi and in 2017 the Santa Marta screech owl Megascops gilesi was named after him.

Robert has the “Fuertes’s Giles ProAves Reserve” in Cajamarca, Tolima named in his honor.

Dr. Paul Salaman

Executive Director

Paul is a founding trustee of ProAves UK and is one of the founders of Fundación ProAves. Paul established the first research and conservation programs of ProAves in 1998 after leading a series of Anglo-Colombian undergraduate student expeditions across Colombia that helped establish a national park and several nature reserves.

Paul has described six bird taxa new to science, including the Chocó Vireo–which he discovered in 1991. After graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2001, he was a postdoctoral fellow of The Natural History Museum and Conservation International leading Project BioMap.

Paul was the CEO of Rainforest Trust from 2012-2019 and Executive Director of the Rasmussen Family Foundation.

Claire Salaman

Active member

Claire has been a trustee of ProAves UK since 2004 and lives in London, U.K. 

Claire is fond of birds and wildlife and has been a long-time supporter of ProAves. 

She participated in the 2013 strategic planning meeting of ProAves in Minca, Magdalena.


If you want to help save wildlife in Colombia and you live in the United Kingdom, please contact Claire ( for further information.  Thank you!