Increasing biodiversity in Neckertal (Bütschwil-Ganterschwil SG)
Description: The "Landschaftskonzept Neckertal" is a project involving three communities to enhance the biodiversity of the landscape by improving the quality of the habitat for animals and plants. Since 2006 they have been operatively working together with volunteers, state civil servants and asylum seekers in favor of the project goal. This year they will welcome a group of SCI volunteers for the 7th time.
Type of Work: To go on with the project, there are various tasks to be done, like cleaning parts of the forest after wood-cutting, clearing out meadows in and around the forest to ensure biodiversity. More specifically, you will do activities like e.g. cutting small trees, making piles of the branches, raking cut grass. When carrying out enhancement measures (with rakes, pitchforks, loppers, shovels and pickaxes) such as de-bushing, mowing and maintaining ecologically valuable habitats, volunteers create ideal conditions for animal and plant species in need of light.
Study Theme: One of the people involved in the project "Landschaftskonzept Neckertal" will present it to you. A person trained in biology and nature education will inform you about the endangered plants and animal species your work helps to protect.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted by a SCI member who lives together with his family in a big old renovated house in a nearby village. You will sleep either in the attic of the house which is not heated but well protected from wind and rain or in a beautifully renovated site caravan, please be sure to bring a warm sleeping bag. Please keep the kitchen tidy so the host family feels comfortable. It is possible to use the laundry and there is one room with WiFi.
Language: The workcamp language is English. The project partner speaks German, but it is not required. The local language is Swiss German.
Requirements: You absolutely must bring good mountain shoes. Gym shoes won't do! The working area is very steep and might be slippery. Also bring work clothes, a raincoat and clothes for both warm and cold weather. Last but not least, please, be aware that the work can be physically demanding.
Approximate Location: The working areas are situated within the communities of Hemberg, Neckertal and Oberhelfenschwil in Eastern Switzerland. The region has deep valleys and steep hills and is quiet and green. You will get to the working place every day with a minibus.
Notes: The group will cook on their own, so don’t forget good cooking recipes. There is a small shop in the village where you get some basic food and you can use some of the vegetables which are growing in the garden. There is a possibility to access internet on a computer in the house as well as a LAN cable connection to plug in your own device if preferred/needed.