Keep calm and mow meadows (Schelingen)
Description: “Kaiserstuhl", a small volcanic mountain in the middle of the “Oberrheingraben”, is a famous wine-growing area near the old university town of Freiburg. Dry land in this area is important, especially for the numerous rare species. Therefore, a large part of the “Kaiserstuhl” is protected as a nature reserve. The protected territory requires regular cultivation - cutting down trees and bushes, which are threatening to override the endangered vegetation.
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.
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 tic region please follow instructions of the staff! Sturdy shoes (mountain boots) required! No internet access. Further information: www.vogtsburg.de
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