The aim of this course is to provide people working in Scottish upland land management the opportunity to see and hear how native woodland has been responding to changes in grazing pressure in the part of Scandinavia most environmentally similar to Scotland. Participants will visit a variety of biodiverse, reforested landscapes from exposed coast to mountain top, where climate and geology are very similar to our own, and where multiple land uses such as forestry, hunting and farming, are often practised together.
To set the scene and sow ideas, a visit to the Brhlovce cave houses (Troglodyte) village for a presentation on how people built their houses into the soft tufa from early medieval times through to the 1960’s. Tour of Lišov to see the museum and some of the 55 largely unrecorded and undeveloped cave houses in the village. Evening meal of village food cooked by local ladies from the village. A chance to visit famous local artist Fero Liptak and see his work.
The richness and diversity of Eastern Slovakia’s wildlife – Slovakia contains two EU biogeographical zones – Alpine and Pannonian. There are many semi-natural forests and grasslands and the diversity of landscapes from the Carpathian beech forests of Poloniny to the coniferous forests of the High Tatras and the karst plateaux of Slovensky Kras. These areas support a large number of endemic species with a striking abundance of wildflowers and insects.