This is a joint report written by Ian Bray (Scottish Natural Heritage), Georgie Brown (Galbraith), Estelle Gill (Scottish Natural Heritage), Michelle Henley (Scottish Wildlife Trust), Andrew James (Historic Environment Scotland), Gwen Raes (The Woodland Trust), Adam Samson (Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park).
About the programme
We participated in the NET Managing our Natural and Cultural Heritage Assets Programme in Finland in September 2017. The programme was delivered by Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). The course was developed by ARCH and funded through the Erasmus+ programme.
We would like to thank Libby Urquhart for providing us and arranging this valuable learning opportunity. We would also like to thank our wonderful guides Inna Salminen and Jutta Salonen for everything they did in arranging and delivering the programme, activities, transport, food (including picking us some delicious wild mushrooms), interesting speakers, and for sharing their knowledge and enjoyable company.
We would also like to thank Manne Viljamaa for sharing his great knowledge, enthusiasm, passion and beautiful photographs with us. And for taking us out on an early morning walk where we were delighted to get a rare close-up view of a juvenile golden eagle.
We also extend our thanks to Tampere University of Applied Science, Tiina Kakkarainen from Metsähallitus the Finnish Forest and National Park Service, Ilmari Häkkinen from Evo Forestry School, Jani Körhämö, Game Manager from Finland’s Game centre, Kangasala, and all the helpful and friendly Finns that were happy to share their expertise with us.