- Accommodation and food: 0.00 Euro
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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 mire and coastal meadow restoration - the mire of Laukasoo (North-Estonia) and coastal meadow in Matsalu National Park (West-Estonia). Mires are freshwater reservoirs and crucial for carbon fixation. Coastal meadows in Matsalu are important habitat for the ruff (Calidris pugnax).North-Estonia and mire restorationLahemaa National Park is located on the northern coast of Estonia and it is considered an important forest conservation area in Europe. The national park comprises scenic bogs, picturesque shorelines and large boulders that have been here since the end of the last ice age. You can also find a number of old majestic mansions here, such as Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula.The Laukasoo mire is located in Lahemaa National Park. The worksite is not accessible by car, which is why we will have to walk 1-2 km to the site, whilst carrying the work equipment (shovels and buckets). We will be digging peat and using the blocks to create a dam on a drainage ditch. Closing of the drainage network is necessary for restoring the water regime of the mire. The work is physically demanding, but doable for people with average physique and stamina.Matsalu in West-Estonia and the ruffThe 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.Ruff is a medium sized wader that breeds in marshes and wet meadows. It is a protected species in Estonia whose numbers are influenced by drainage and disappearing coastal meadows. What makes the ruff so interesting is the fact that it has significant sexual dimorphism. The male is much larger than the female and has a distinct breeding plumage with an impressive tuft on the head. Our work in the camp will be clearing a habitat of the ruffs from brushwood.
Type of Work: Work in Laukasoo mire will be building dams out of peat blocks. Work in in Matsalu will be clearing a lakeside from brushwood. 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, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
Accommodation: Simple accommodation on mattresses or in beds in sleeping bags. Showers and kitchen are available. One evening will be reserved for traditional Estonian sauna. We will be cooking our own food. Estonian group leader will compile the menu and buy 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-1st August. Around noon: arrival to Tallinn Airport. Public transport: train from Ulemiste station (ca 1 h and 6 euros) or bus from Tallinn Coach Station to the town of Rakvere (ca 1,5 h and 6 euros). Pick-up from Rakvere with ELF s minivan.-2nd and 4th August. Work in Laukasoo mire (North-Estonia).-3rd August. Free day to explore the Lahemaa National Park.-5th August. Transport from North-Estonia to West-Estonia. The route goes through the town of Tartu in South-Estonia to load new work equipment.-6th and 8th August. Work in Matsalu National Park (West-Estonia)-7th August. Free day to explore West-Estonia.-9th August. Drop-off to Lihula. Public (bus) from Lihula to Tallinn Coach Station (ca 2 h and 9 euros).Leisure timeBoard games, sauna, swimming, hiking and exploring the local surroundings, etc. Exploring of Tartu https://visittartu.com/