A group of 8 people from a mixture of environmental organizations, travelled to Western Pomerania in June, to look at wetland management. We visited several different areas and spoke to various people regarding the management of the environment. We were hosted and shown around the region by Kaz (Dr Kazimerz Rabski), chairman of the Society For The Coast (EUCC-Poland).
Some of the key areas looked at include:
Management versus non-management eg. When to mow, control invasive species etc & when to leave alone
grazing – using Konic ponies & highland cattle
enhancing tern and oyster catcher productivity using rafts & trialling a chemical mink deterrent, with viewing via a floating hide
expanding the cycle route from Germany into Poland
reclaimed land from dredging activities & its use to create wildlife habitat and recreational areas
This is by no means an exhaustive list! In addition to what we could learn from our Polish colleagues, the trip was a great opportunity to mix with colleagues from other Scottish organisations in the environmental field. The trip also provided some great experiences and memorable moments for the participants, sending us all back to our day jobs with renewed vigor!
Here is a link to the film we made as a group of our experiences in Poland. The video has been made by compiling most peoples film and pictures from the trip with additional voiceovers and interviews. Jonathan Louis, Sian Haddon, Christine Hall, Stephen Willis, Tabby Lamont, Juan Brown, Ian McCall