Youth for Nature-Wachau-Wildnissgebiet Dürrenstein
Beschreibung: You will be part of a group of people doing hard, but valuable work in the gorgeous hillsides along the Danube and the forests of Dürrenstein. The camp takes place at two different places and is hosted by the ÖAV - Österreichischer Alpenverein (Austrian Alpine Association). The Alpenverein was founded in 1862 and ever since this organisation has tried one the one hand to protect alpine nature and to make the Alps accessible to the public.
Type of Work: Dry grasslands are a rare and endangered type of habitat in the Wachau valley. We will cut the grass, the bushes and trees and remove the biomass from the areas to hold back the succession. We will also work in the wetlands of Wachau and Nationalpark Donauauen where we will selectively remove invasive alien species to support the native flora. We are not only working for biodiversity, but also for the beauty of the unique landscapes. This camp contributes to the Natura-2000 region with the goal of restoring and conserving 15 hectares of habitat.
Lernbereich: You will gather knowledge of the local habitats and their flora and fauna and the mandatory management including the challenges faced. Furthermore you will gain hands-on experience in maintaining dry grasslands and managing invasive species.
Unterkunft: During our time in Spitz, we will be staying at the local secondary school. You will need a sleeping bag. The school has a big kitchen, in which we will cook together. Cooking ourselves will also be an opportunity to share international food culture and cooking styles. In Göstling we will stay at different bed and breakfasts. If you have any allergies or special food wishes (vegetarian…), please let us know in advance!
Anforderungen: We will work 4 days a week from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. with breaks in between- 6 hours per day – in steep terrain, on hot days, on rainy days etc. Therefore, some basic fitness is required. Before you sign up for this camp PLEASE make sure that you are healthy enough to participate. Also a small motivationletter is required. If you have any allergies,special food wishes, vegetarian, please let us know
Approximate Location: The Wachau is a stretch of the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems. It preserves in an intact and visible form many traces - in terms of architecture, (monasteries, castles, ruins), urban design, (towns and villages), natural biodiversity (dry grasslands, free-flowing Danube, hillside forests) and of vines on stone terraces - of its evolution since prehistoric times.