Elf Dunlin s Habitat I
Description: The aim of this camp organised in cooperation with the Estonian Fund of Nature (ELF) is management of Baltic dunlin s habitats in coastal meadows of Silma Nature Reserve in West-Estonia and landscape reserve of Kaina Bay on the islands of Hiiumaa and Kassari. The Baltic dunlin (Calidris alpina schinzii) is a small wader whose numbers in Estonia have declined rapidly during the last decades. It is estimated that about 150 pairs of Baltic dunlins are still nesting in Estonia. One of the reasons behind the downfall of the local population is that coastal meadows that have been traditionally used for herding have fallen out of use in modern agriculture. Thus, the coastal meadows are full of bushes and reed or have high vegetation due to artificial drainages. The Baltic dunlins, however, require an open landscape with puddles and low vegetation for feeding and nesting. These birds and their nests are also hunted by predators such as foxes, raccoon dogs and hooded crows. In order to protect the Estonian population of Baltic dunlins, the management of coastal meadows is essential.ELF s conservation work camps project, which is carried out from 1998, has two main goals. One is to carry out conservation work in nature parks and protected areas and second is to bring people closer to nature, to promote environment-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. https://www.flickr.com/photos/134759698@N04/sets/72157657269621056/
Type of Work: This project aims on enhancing the feeding and nesting grounds of the endangered Baltic dunlin in Silma Nature Reserve and the Kaina Bay Landscape Protection Area. In both regions the coastal meadows will be cleared from bushes and juniper trees. Typical working hours per day 6 hours per day (for example: 9 -12 and 13-16). The last day of the conservation holiday is reserved for exploring the local surroundings. In the evenings of the working days - sauna, camp fires, hiking, etc will be organized.
Accommodation: Simple shared accommodation in both places. Volunteers need their own sleeping bag. You may take a tent, if you wish to have more privacy. All food is included except lunch on day for travelling. You will cook your own food (ingredients are provided) most of the time, but some days the food will be cooked by locals.
Requirements: Special requirementsYou have to bring working clothes, warm clothes as nights can be rather chilly, wet weather clothing, closed boots or/and wellingtons, sleeping bag, swimwear, towel, inspect spray. Necessary tools and cloves provided by ELF.Participation fee You are kindly asked to contribute 50 Euro towards cost of board, lodging, programme and administration. The fee has to be paid by volunteers either by bank transfer before the beginning of the camp or to host upon arrival to the camp. This fee goes to the Estonian Nature Fund.
Approximate Location: West-Estonia Lowland and Noarootsi is formed on limestone bedrock is dominated by landscapes with calcareous soils and calciphilous plant communities, including alvars and various limestone bedrock knolls and escarpments. Against the background of the predominantly flat relief of the West-Estonian plains, single higher surface forms emerge, adding variety to the landscape. Silma Nature Reserve embraces the coastal lakes and bays with extensive reed beds between Haapsalu and Noarootsi Peninsula. Silma Nature Reserve is the second most important bird area in West Estonia after Matsalu Bay. The visiting centre of the protected area is situated in the Saare manor in the Noarootsi Peninsula. Sutlepa Sea, the biggest coastal lake in this area, is located not far from the visiting centre. Nice huts made of reed, the watching towers and wooden tracks have been constructed on the lake shore to facilitate the learning of bird species inhabiting the reed beds. One can hear the sound of the Eurasian bittern and in case of good fortune the bearded tit and the horned grebe can be met. Towers for bird watching have also been installed in the Saunja Village and in Haapsalu. Bays of this region are important spawning grounds for the fish of the Vainameri Sea. Noarootsi peninsula www.visitestonia.com/en/where-to-go/west-estonia/nova-noarootsi-peninsulaSutlepa viewing platform at Silma Reserve www.visitestonia.com/en/sutlepa-viewing-platform-and-bird-watching-tower
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