Introduction to the Exchange

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The exchange was hosted by Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences University, Evenstad in Norway and explored a wide range of issues around land and wildlife management including hunting, grazing and large carnivore management, stakeholder engagement, species re-introductions and wildlife census and monitoring.

The basic itinerary is provided below with further exploration of the key themes provided in the following sections.


A map of our route is here:


Participants: Amanda Bryan, Robert Coleman, Gareth Mason, Duncan Orr-Ewing, Rebecca Priestly, Paul Roberts, Ben Ross & Mahboobeh Shirkhorshidi




Leader: Marius Kjønsberg



Day 1, Wednesday: Travel Edinburgh-Oslo Arrived midnight. Overnight in airport hotel



Day 2, Thursday: Oslo- Evenstad, via Elverum Almenning: Site Visit to look at natural regeneration of Pine/ Birch Forest after forest fire approx. 15 years ago. Introduction to land and wildlife management issues. Elverum: Visit to Norsk Skogmuseum. Forestry museum with exhibits on forestry, hunting and fishing and associated species. Extensive external exhibits including traditional wooden buildings, timber processing and arboretum. Overnight at INU, Evenstad




Day 3, Friday: Evenstad – Trysil Evenstad: Tour of University campus and presentation on University and Curriculum. Trysil: Visited offices of Glommen (owners forest management co-operative) to meet local experts on wildlife management. Discussion on moose management and control of large predators, particularly wolves. Trysil: Participated in river fishing with local guide, campfire dinner. Overnight in Cabins at Trysil Hyttegrend.



Day 4, Saturday: Trysil – Fulufjällets National Park, Sweden – Evenstad Fulufjällets National Park: Hike through park viewing old growth forests and upland habitats including extensive areas of lichen cover. Visited one of the world’s oldest trees, a Norway Spruce circa 9,500 years of age and only around 12 feet tall at 950m elevation. Also looked at visitor management, interpretation and signage.—list/fulufjallet-national-park/ Return to and overnight at INU, Evenstad.



Day 5, Sunday: Evenstad – Folldal – Grimsbu Rondane National Park & surrounds: Site Visit to mountain area to view cabin developments and discuss impacts on reindeer habitat and management issues. Visit to NP outlooks. Folldal: Folldal Mine Museum to view exhibits on mines and local wildlife. Grimsbu: Overnight at local farm guesthouse with opportunities to view wildlife including evidence of beaver habitat modification. Discussion on farming, forestry, hunting and how these are embedded in Norwegian culture.


Day 6, Monday: Grimsbu – Dovrefjell National Park – Evenstad Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre, Villrein: Presentation from representative of Norwegian Nature Inspectorate regarding the structures of nature management in Norway, reindeer management and carnivore management. Snøhetta View Point: Guided walk to viewpoint, a limited development in Dovre National park only allowed due to historical mining and military infrastructure in the National Park. Sightings of Musk Ox, reintroduced to area in 1932.


Oppdal: Visited centre of Arctic Fox breeding programme at around 1300m elevation. The site managed by NINA houses 8 pairs of breeding arctic foxes whose cubs are released into the wild annually.

Return to and overnight at INU, Evenstad.

Day 7, Tuesday: Evenstad

ARCH Group lectures to students at INU

Lectures from Researchers at INU.

Overnight at INU, Evenstad


Day 8, Wednesday: Evenstad – Oslo

Lectures from Researchers at INU.

Elverum surrounds: Site Visit to look at moose damage to forestry and management measures (e.g. fencing, diversionary feeding).

Returned to Oslo and onward to Edinburgh.