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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 coastal meadow and mire restoration - coastal meadow in Saaremaa (West-Estonia) and mire of Laukasoo (North-Estonia). Coastal meadows are an important habitat for the natterjack toad. Mires are freshwater reservoirs and crucial for carbon fixation.Saaremaa island and the natterjack toadSaaremaa island in West-Estonia is the largest island of Estonia which is famous for its alvars, windmills, The Kaali Meteorite Crater Field, the scenic walks on Panga Cliff and much more. Saaremaa s only town, Kuressaare, houses a well-preserved castle. We will be staying in the area of Viidumae Nature Reserve, which is famous for its wild orchids which blossom mainly in May and June.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.North-Estonia and mire restorationThe Lahemaa 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 scenec 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 via 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.
Type of Work: Work in Saaremaa will be clearing a coastal meadow from reed with rakes and pitchforks. The work in Laukasoo mire will be building dams out of peat blocks. 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 with sleeping bags. Showers and kitchen are available. One evening will be reserved for the traditional Estonian sauna. 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-15th August. Around noon: arrival to Tallinn Airport. Public bus from Tallinn Coach Station to Virtsu harbour (ca 2 h and 12 euros). Pick-up from Virtsu with ELF s minivan. Extra cost: ferry tickets from Virtsu to Saaremaa (ca 6 euros for round-trip).-16th and 18th August. Work on Harilaid peninsula (located in North-West Saaremaa).-17th August. Free day to explore the North-West region of Saaremaa.-19th August. Transport from Saaremaa to North-Estonia with ELF s minivan. The route goes through the town of Tartu in South-Estonia to load new work equipment.-20th and 22nd August. Work in Laukasoo mire (North-Estonia).-21st August. Free day to explore the Lahemaa National Park.-23rd August. Drop-off to Rakvere. Public transport: train or bus (ca 1,5 h and 6 euros) to Tallinn.Leisure timeBoard games, sauna, swimming, hiking and exploring the local surroundings, etc. Exploring of Tartu https://visittartu.com/