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- Hosting organisation support: 110 Euro
Description: ProjectEstonian Fund for Nature (ELF) is NGO dedicated to nature conservation. Its mission is to preserve endangered species and their habitats, natural landscapes and natural associations typical of Estonia. ELF has organized yearly nature conservation holidays where volunteers, participants and group managers work together in order to improve the living conditions of a certain species (i.e. natterjack toad, black stork) or maintain semi-natural communities. You can read on http://elfond.ee/en and see photos from volunteering camps of 2019: http://www.talgud.ee/galerii/2019 The aim of this camp is restoring the habitats of endangered amphibians the natterjack toad and the northern crested newt.West-Estonia and the natterjack toadThe Matsalu National Park in West-Estonia is one of Europe s most important stopover sites for waterfowl on their flight from the Arctic to Western Europe. It is a true paradise for bird watchers. The national park comprises the shallow Matsalu Bay, nearly 50 islands and islets and the Vainameri sea surrounding them. The coastal meadows by Matsalu Bay, which are among the largest in Europe, are an important feeding place for migratory birds and a nesting site for some rare species.The natterjack toad can be easily recognized by a bright yellow stripe on its back. This amphibian used to be a common species in Estonian coastal meadows. Unfortunately, as the traditional farming and agriculture have changed, many meadows are no longer used for cattle and the open landscapes gradually disappear. The natterjack toad inhabits open meadows that have temporary ponds and no high vegetation.Haanja in South-Estonia and the crested newtHaanja is the highest part of an otherwise low country. It and 769;s locally known for some distinct cultural heritage: smoke saunas and Voru dialect. The hills of Haanja create a very diverse landscape with small size fields, hey-meadows, forests and wetlands. A perfect habitat for many cultural landscape species that have been lost in intensive farming areas.The northern crested newt is a rare dark lizard-like threatened amphibian species in Estonia, occurring mainly in the southern part of the country. One of the main reasons for the decrease in the crested newt s numbers is the lack of small water bodies suitable for breeding ponds. With the help of volunteers, we can clear the ponds from brushwood and vegetation, which helps to ensure the survival and increase of existing populations.
Type of Work: Our work will be removing junipers and brushwood from the habitats of amphibians. A typical workday will last for 6 hours. Work equipment and gloves will be provided by ELF. Participants need to bring suitable clothes for work, rubber boots, sleeping bag, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
Accommodation: The region of Matsalu (West-Estonia): simple accommodation on mattresses on the floor of an old school house. Showers and kitchen are available. One evening will be reserved for sauna. The region of Haanja (South-Estonia): in beds of a local rental house.We will be cooking our own food throughout the camp. The Estonian group leader will compile the menu and buy the groceries.
Requirements: Special requirementsYou have to bring working clothes, warm clothes as nights can be rather chilly, wet weather clothing, summer clothes as days might be hot, wellingtons, sleeping bag and sleeping mattress, swimwear, towel, insect spray. Necessary tools and cloves provided by ELF.Participation fee You are kindly asked to contribute 110 Euro towards cost of board, lodging, programme, administration and for nature This fee has to be paid by volunteers either by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp or to the host upon arrival to the camp.
Approximate Location: Itineraries-20th July. Around noon: arrival to Tallinn Airport. Public transport (bus) from Tallinn Coach Station to the town of Lihula (ca 1,5 h and 10 euros). Pick-up from Lihula with ELF s minivan.-21-22nd July. Work in Matsalu (West-Estonia).-23th July. Free day to explore the region of Matsalu.Pick-up from Tartu Coach Station in the evening. Transport from Tartu to Haanja with ELF s minivan.-24-25th and 27-28th July. Work in Haanja (South-Estonia).-26th July. Free day to explore the region of Haanja.-29th July. Drop-off to Tartu coach station. Public transport (bus) from Tartu to Tallinn Airport (ca 2,5 h and 10 euros).Leisure timeBoard games, sauna, swimming, hiking and exploring the local surroundings, etc.