EU Funded Placements

European Erasmus+ Funded placements for staff training in nature management and conservation

Ujście Warty National Park
(Ramsar, Natura 2000)

Topic:   grazing as a tool, water management, education and public access:
Poland Odra Delta
The Park landscape is a mosaic of meadows, pastures and areas overgrown by sedge and reed. The existing plant communities are typical for agriculturally developed valleys of big lowland rivers. The remnants of its original character are willow shrubs that formed secondarily at the Warta River bed, communities of carr forest as well as single, grand willows and elms. The record of bird species of  the Warta Mouth National Park includes over 270 species along with 170 breeding ones. Some of them are listed in the Polish Red Data Book of Animals: Little Bittern, Shelduck, Common Teal, Little Gull, Eurasian Curlew. Many bird species living in the Park are regarded as species requiring special care according to the so called Birds Directive, one of the documents on which Natura 2000 protected area network is based. Among the 190 bird species listed in the Directive, 64 have been affirmed in the Park. These are breeding birds like: Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Corncrake, Spotted Crake, Black Tern, Little Tern, Aquatic Warbler and also species present during migration season like: Eurasian Golden Plover, Hen Harrier, and these wintering ones: Whooper Swan and Tundra Swan. Regarding the breeding as well the moulting and migration seasons, the floodlands and meadows of Warta Mouth National Park are of vital meaning for birds across whole Europe. Numerous plovers like: Wood Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks and Ruffs stop here. In autumn the meadows at Warta River are being taken over by geese, numbering usually about 60-80 thousand, and maximally even 200 thousand. The flocks of arctic geese are dominated by Bean Geese, a bird that is a symbol of our Park. The Park is also a crucial wintering place for many species like: Whooper Swans, Mute Swans, and White-tailed Eagles. Not many places in Poland can boast such an incredibly high and diverse amount of birds. Sometimes during only one day 250 thousand of birds may be observed, so it is not odd that the meadows at Warta River are under protection within The Ramsar Convention. (

The Polish Coast (Natura 2000)

Topic:   Nature conservation and tourism pressure, coastal dynamics.

Poland Odra Delta

Possible visit to popular coast resort Miedzyzdroje and Woliński National Park

Wolinski National Park protects highly valuable north-western part of the Wolin Island and 1 nautical mile broad belt of Baltic coastal waters in the north and delta of Swina River. Inclusion of the part of Pomeranian Bay and inner salt waters of Szczecin Bay has made the Woliński National Park the first maritime park in Poland. The total area of the Park today is 10 937 ha, . The landscape of the Park: 15 km long and up to 95 m high eroded cliffs.  Over 1300 vascular plant species have been recorded on the Wolin Island. Many of the species are rare and protected, such us sand binders: sea-beach sandwort (Honckenya peploides), lyme grass (Elymus arenaria), sea rocket (Cakile edentula), spiny saltwort (Salsola kali), and salt water plants – halophytes (Halophyta) (about 30 species). Steep slopes of the cliffs are densely overgrown by common sea buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides). Ground and sandy bed of the Baltic Sea is a habitat of macroalgae: green algae (Chlorophyta), brown algae (Phaeophyta) and rhodophytes (Rhodophyta), of which the most frequent are bladderwack (Fucus vesiculosus) and chlorophyte Entetromorpha intestinalis. Inland areas of the Park consist mainly of moraine hills covered with beech-pine-oak forests. The fauna of Wolin is very differentiated and richly represented by rare species. Over 230 bird species have been recorded within the Park, of which breeding: white-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeëtus albicilla), aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), dunlin (Calidris alpina) and red-breasted flycatcher (Ficedula parva).

Landscape Parks on the valley of Odra River (Natura 2000)

Topic:   Land use, protection and tourism.

Poland Odra Delta

Mosaic of river banks valley landscapes with interesting historical points, agriculture areas, moraine hills and dunes areas. Here is a new concept of management and land use including some aspects of tourism. Very interesting groups of flora and fauna with unique forest and xerothermic structures

Odra Delta Nature Park (Natura 2000)

Topic:   The biggest in Poland private concept of protected area, restored values of coastal meadows, water management conflicts, advanced tourism concept.

Poland Odra Delta

Odra Delta Nature Park covers the area of meadows and pastures (former kolkhoz area) owned by the Society for The Coast (1.000 ha), but also the forest reserve  managed by the National Forestry (400 ha), and the waters of Szczecin Lagoon managed by the Maritime Office in Szczecin (2.600 ha)

The return to the traditional farming methods – extensive grazing and mowing – was the only way to restore the previous floristic and ornithological biodiversity.

That is why Society for the Coast bought and actually have the largest group in Poland  of the Polish Konik Horses (actually we have more then 150 this animals) and Scottish Highland cattle (nearly 100).

Odra Delta Nature Park is also an open laboratory where group of scientific realize works connected with flora, fauna, but also social aspects of nature conservancy. Bird inventory is made each year with support of Natuurmonumenten specialists, due to our long-term cooperation.

Again more then 140 species of birds can be observed here including the most valuable ones:  waders (Charadrii) like lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), godwit (Limosa limosa), common snipe (Gallinago gallinago), redshank (Tringa tetanus) as well as corn crakes (Crex crex) or cranes (Grus grus) with the many species of ducks and water birds too.

The highest number of white tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) in European scale is also observed in the area of Odra Delta Nature Park

Poland Odra Delta

This is the outline programme which will be implemented by Hedmark University in Evenstad



Norwegian forest management

Land ownership and management

How is land owned? Who owns it?  Who is responsible for management hunting etc.?

Deer and moose management.

How are they managed? Who does the hunting? How are communities involved? What is hunting/ meat worth? How is the size of culls decided? How is damage prevented/ managed?  How is moose hunting integrated with other landuses?


The impacts they have and how any conflicts are managed. How do beavers and fishing interests co- exist? Are there any problems?

Salmon, trout and grayling fisheries.

What is fishing worth? How are rivers managed for fish? Gyrodactilus and other fish disease issues. Interaction with Beaver.

Bears, wolves, lynx and wolverine.

What benefits do they bring?  What conflicts arise and how are they managed? How do people feel about the different species?

Capercaillie and black grouse.

Hunting and habitat management.

Management of smaller animals

E.g. foxes, martens, hares, lemmings.

Musk ox re-introduction.

The history of this re-introduction and how successful it has been. Does it raise any conservation/ wildlife management issues?


Sea eagles have been introduced to Eastern Scotland. Are there any raptor conflict issues in Norway? Goshawks, eagle owls etc.


Sample itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Oslo

Meet minibus and travel to Evenstad

Welcome and introductions.

Day 2

Tracking and how to estimate Wolverine population – Dr Lars GangåsManagement of Woodland birds – Maria Willbrand

Management of Grouse  – Prof Thomas Willebrand

Day 3

Carnivore and human management in Norway – Kristin Gangås

Management of Norwegian National Parks – Kari Kveseth, Head of division

Management of Fish in the Glomma (biggest river in Norway) – Kjell Langedal

Management of Beaver – Dr Trond Øfstaas

Lynx and Brown Bear – Ansgard Johannesen

Day 4

From hunting to agriculture, to wildlife culture – Torstein Storaas.

Forest Management in the region

Departure to DovreNational Park

Day 5

Dovre National Park all day

Muskox, Reindeer, Lemming and Wolverine.

Back to Evenstad in the evening.

Day 6

Forestry museum in Elverum and Glomdals Museum.

Pine marten and foxes. Hunt and trap. Why?  – Trond Øfstaas

Day 7

Departure for Aberdeen



Structured Adult Education Staff Courses – Kato Drys Community Council

 12th – 19th  September 2015

Kato Drys, a traditional Greek Cypriot Village, at 650 metres in the foothills of the Troodos mountains is a centre for teaching about sustainable rural development. It gained credibility to do this as a partner in the ‘Leonardo da Vinci – Development of Innovation’ project that ran from 2010 to 2013 and was entitled ‘Green Village’.  In the project the Community Council, led by the Muhktari (Mayor) Nikos Vasiliou and European Officer Panayiota Demetriou, worked on the themes ‘Empowering Communities’, ‘Rural Food’ and ‘Wood Products’.

Now in 2015, the Community Council in partnership with ARCH and within the framework of ‘Erasmus Plus’ offer placements for Adult Education staff within the NET project. Each placement revolves around a structured training course, which can be ratified by the CPD Certification Service.

The themes of the course follow two basic strands, culture or nature, within these themes there are separate variants in order that a particular group of Adult Education Staff can be catered for.


With continuous occupation from Neolithic times and including Phoenician, Minoan, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish, Ottoman, Colonial British periods, Cyprus has an incredible cultural diversity. Variants are:-


What Roman influence gave to Cyprus and the absence of empire collapse.

Early Christianity to the crusades and the Frankish kingdom.

Focus on mosaics and sculpture


Managing ‘domi’ (terraces) and wood pastures, ancient trees and the need to continuing management.

New products from ancient landscapes – developments in using almonds, olives & carobs


Bi-communal projects in lace making, caring for each other’s heritage, commonalities of religion, Islam & Christianity. The (1964 to 1974) ‘missing persons’, exhumation and laying to rest.

A detailed itinerary will follow