(C)=cultural (N)=natural There is some crossover between disciplines

CountryDatesPartner
BulgariaDevetaki Plateau Association (C)
Norway25th – 31st May 2017NINA Duncan Halley (N)
Slovakia25th – 31st May 2017Krajina and High Tatras National Park (N)
Estonia NEW5th -22nd May 2017NE Estonia – The Estonian National Museum (C)
Iceland1st – 8th June 2017Fornverkaskólinn Turf Building (C)
 lovenia05th – 11th July 2017Vitra Centre for Sustainable Development (N)
Romania22nd -29th August 2017Satul Verde (Green Village) (N)
Poland26th Jul – 01st Aug 2017EUCC and Ujscie Warta National Park (N)
Latvia1st – 07th September 2017Latvia State Forest Service (N)
Cyprus14th -21st September 2017Kato Drys Municipality (C)
Finland  
Finnish Forests, Hunting & Capercaillie
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Finnish Forests, Hunting & Capercaillie

“We have around 500,000 capercaillie in Finland ” said Tapio Vähä-Jaakkola, our host at a local hunting club, as our jaws dropped. My colleagues Chris and Molly from RSPB work on capercaillie and the population in Scotland is in a pretty sorry state, having dropped to around 2000, from an estimated 20,000 in the 1970s. Capercaillie populations are healthy enough for Finns to hunt tens of thousands of them a year.  “Most of the capercaillie hunting takes place in Northern Finland”, Tapio said later. In the 10,000 hectares of forest controlled by the Metsästysseura Haukka Ry hunting club, they hadn’t shot capercaillie for many years “Last year we calculated that there were enough capercaillie for us to hunt two.”

Shepherds Newsletter March 2022
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Shepherds Newsletter March 2022

The EU4 Shepherds project is bringing together shepherd trainers, land managers and rural development specialists to update the options for sharing shepherding skills in the 21st century. The new edition of the newsletter has just been launched and features a series of 9 interviews of shepherds from across Europe.

Native woodland and grazing in SW Norway late July 2022
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Native woodland and grazing in SW Norway late July 2022

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.

ROMANIA: Small scale sustainable farming in Transylvania
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ROMANIA: Small scale sustainable farming in Transylvania

Aims & Themes: exploring small scale sustainable farming; hay making & orchards within a cultural landscape; the challenges of sustainable rural development, community engagement and heritage management. Participants will learn about subsistence farming as opposed to intensive farming, as well as traditional ways of managing the land. Hands on work like hay making with a scythe, fruit gathering, making preserves.