Birds’ Eldorado – Obedska Bara, Kupinovo
Description: The Special Nature Reserve “Obedska Bara” is the second oldest protected area in the world (the oldest in Europe) and a wetland of international importance (listed as a Ramsar site and IBA and IPA area). Obedska Bara, a famous ornithological site, is an oxbow lake surrounded with marsh and forest habitats. Wetlands are among the world’s most threatened ecosystems and this one has been gravely degraded, the most important problem being the overgrowing and disappearance of wet meadows. This year it will be full 22 years Young Researchers of Serbia organises the workcamp and the results are wonderful - so far because of our activities several bird species have returned and the working site has the richest bird fauna in the reserve.
Type of Work: For the projects in Obedska Bara we have received several national and international awards and we are often mentioned as example of good practice in involving volunteers in nature protection and active measures of conservation. Volunteers will be included in the project of wet meadows revitalization by removing tree branches and clearing other vegetation. In this way we are helping fighting overgrow of the wet meadows.
Study Theme: Lectures on wetlands and Obedska Bara's recent environmental problems will be given. Volunteers can also swim in the lake and the river Sava, watch the birds and explore the beautiful nature of the area. An excursion to Belgrade will be organised.
Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in two renovated houses in the Ethno Park, sleeping on mattresses. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. Food will be prepared for volunteers by a local cook.
Approximate Location: Obedska Bara www.obedskabara.rs is located at 50km from Belgrade and 75km from Novi Sad.