Keep Calm and Mow Meadows! (Schelingen near Freiburg)
Description: The ‘Kaiserstuhl’ is a small volcanic mountain in the middle of the Upper Rhine Plain near Freiburg and one of the most famous wine regions in Germany. Of great importance are also the dry areas with a variety of rare animal and plant species, which is why large parts of the ‘Kaiserstuhl’ are under protection. They require regular care, so that trees and bushes do not displace the special vegetation. Due to the sensitivity of the region and the sometimes steep slopes, no heavy vehicles and equipment can be used and physical work as 100 years ago is program. And here is where you come into play! During the work you will be supervised by a warm and competent team and have a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills!
Type of Work: Mowing meadows in cooperation with the staff of the local organisation, responsible for the nature protection and landscape management; raking hay on steep slopes.
Study Theme: Information about flora, fauna, habitat and protection of the wine-growing horticulture; Learning about vineyards and wine growing; tasting wine; geological information about the Oberrheingraben and volcanism; study tour with the eco-mobile to explore flora, fauna and habitat.
Accommodation: In the village hall on mattresses; kitchen and sanitary facilities are available. Cooking together in the group.
Requirements: Interest in ecological themes; being prepared for physical work in the nature in a slope position (you should be in a good physical condition!); ability to ride a bike!
Approximate Location: Schelingen is a small village in the southwest of Germany, 18 km west of Freiburg. The French and the Swiss border are only a few hours away.
Notes: Trip to Feldberg, the highest hill in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), and to Freiburg; Not accessible for wheel chairs! As this is a tick region please follow instructions of the staff! Sturdy shoes (mountain boots) required! No internet access at the accommodation, but at the church in the village. For further information please see: www.vogtsburg.de