Forests, Mountains & Meadows in Eastern Slovakia

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Forests, Mountains and Meadows in Eastern Slovakia
Report on Erasumus+ ARCHnet Structured Adult Education of Staff Course
Hosted by Miroslav Knezo of Krajina SK
Trip dates: 27 May – 3 June 2019
Participants: Amy King (RSPB Orkney Native Wildlife Project), Nicola Tallach (Scottish Wildcat Action Project Officer), Ann-Marie MacMaster (SWT – Conservation Officer for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (Tayside)), Fiona Cuninghame (SNH – Access Officer), Melissa Shaw (Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership, technically RSPB), Anna McWilliam (FLS – H&M Work Supervisor), Gwenda Diack (Plantlife), Sally Ward (SNH – Area Officer)

This report can be downloaded as a pdf.

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