Hay is at the base of almost all traditional meat & dairy farm products – even to the farmyard chickens eating grasshoppers brought into the yard with the new hay crop. Hay – especially cut with a scythe, has shaped Romania’s rural cultural landscape and resulted in enormous biodiversity of flowering plants, insects & birds. Other important & ecosystem shaping farming activities include grazing and cutting (shredding/pollarding) trees for leaf hay and for fencing without wire.
This structured study visit to Bulgaria is timed to coincide with a number of local festivals, including the Festival of Plums and Rakia in Trojan. The programme links cultural heritage and biodiversity. exploring how communities use the landscape and the impacts that they have on it. The programme is hosted by the Devetaki Plateau Association and your guide will be Velislava Chilingirova.
Feedback from Crispin Hill. SNH. Latvia 2017.
“I’ve very quickly put at least one of key learning areas into use. Our work on community attitudes to beaver release in the Highlands has completely taken off since we got back from Latvia. I’ve been talking to a lot of stakeholders close to an escaped pair of beavers in Strathglass which has successfully produced at least two litters of kits in the last two breeding seasons. Being able to refer to the Latvian experience of having identified a rapid beaver population expansion in the late 90s and being able to react to that with effective management, often delivered through private or community hunting groups has really helped to introduce a new angle to the conversations I’ve had with concerned land managers. Having seen the effects of a large beaver population first hand in Latvia has been invaluable in bringing credibility to the explanations I’m offering people locally about how beaver impacts can be effectively managed.”
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.
Programmes and dates for the NET Managing our Natural and Cultural Heritage Assets. Norway 28th May – 4th June 2018 This is the outline programme which will be implemented by Hedmark University in Evenstad Themes The objective is to develop our understanding of conservation issues and exchange ideas through meeting experts and seeing practical examples […]
From 1 to 8 September 2017 we took part in an Erasmus+ study tour of south west Norway, led by Duncan Halley of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). This is a brief report to summarise the lessons learnt from the visit. The main reason for the trip was to look at woodland […]
‘The forest is a poor man’s fur coat’ I heard this saying as we were walking through the National Museum, and it struck a chord with me. Over half of Estonia is covered by forest, and you can see how much they value it in their management, interpretation and visitor centres, and in so many of their natural wooden products. I was very impressed with RMK, especially with the design of their visitor centres and interpretation
I found myself drawn to as the week went on was the story of the history of landownership and land use in Latvia, the way in which forestry plays an important role in the economy of the country and how the people of Latvia interact with the woodland and wildlife in their country. I found it particularly thought provoking how that history has shaped the habitats and ecosystems that exist and how they function. (Alison Austin)
Over two-thirds of Finland is forest cover. Much is owned by private persons. Accessibility is also important because many people are able to use the forest, even if they do not own any forests themselves. People are able to use the forest and the wildlife within it as a renewable resource for wood products, hunting and foraging. Above all, most Finnish people strongly value the link with nature.