New botanical experience through volunteering in Austria

The Global Botanical Portal has already published information about possibilities for botanists, especially from developing countries, which we can receive to thanks by volunteering. Today I would like to share my last experience after participating in the volunteering camp „Wachau Volunteer“ at the World Heritage Landscape of Wachau in Lower Austria from July 30th till August 12th, 2017.20431543_1363205340393159_3354614374899128307_n

The camp was organized by the World Heritage Municipalities Wachau together with the Austrian Alpine Youth Association and the Austrian branch of the International Civil Service, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organizing international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. Also we have collaborated with the Donau-Auen National Park and the Thayatal National Park during the project. There have been 16 participants from 9 countries (Austria, Spain, China, Luxemburg, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary and Ukraine).

20525395_1364036213643405_8865756408384404846_n

The Danube valley from a dry grassland site near Dürnstein town

Our main aim was to help the local community in management of grasslands, a part of which is sites of the Natura 2000 Network. In the fact, we mowed the grass, cut the bushes, and then we picked it by rakes. Thus, we helped to reduce phytomass in the plots for their continued existence with high plant diversity.

Frankly, it wasn’t simple, because sometimes the weather was very hot, but sometimes wet and rainning. Besides, we had a lot of hard work on enough steep slopes.

20431430_1363204623726564_8633469027811740223_n

However, there were no bad memories left in my memories, because we had wonderful time there with creative and kind atmosphere. Also we had enough time for rest in good conditions and visiting interesting places. Of course, I, as a botanists, was excited from field excursions to the Thayatal National Park and several local reserves.

20663668_1372092539504439_4045840912707716233_n

Looking for a right way during our hiking … 🙂

I met a lot of new species for me here. Probably, the most wonderful meeting was with Ranunculus fluitans Lam, which created white aspect in the river.20526266_1364914580222235_3507683724719580955_n20604585_1364914603555566_2346323810455658719_n20526371_1364915003555526_590236663352297209_n

Also it was unforgettably to see a lot of flowering Cyclamen purpurascens Miller in forests, which started blooming early, than usually.20638904_1372093829504310_7325625797721440481_n

20620873_1364034213643605_5209382033855253164_n

As well I had luck to see second blooming of Pulsatilla grandis Wender.20799941_1372092306171129_1516621870386895353_n

Of course, there were many findings of more known species for me, nevertheless it was so pleasant too. You can enjoy some of them below:

20479573_1364905100223183_9206942408653133204_n

Allium flavum L.

20525285_1364905233556503_8443011536342686017_n

Astrantia major L.

20526136_1364907266889633_365771882105139227_n

Asplenium ×alternifolium Wulfen

20621127_1368378686542491_779652225252400393_n

Asplenium septentrionale (L.) Hoffm.

20525827_1366628190050874_7188449482404381346_n

Carlina acaulis L.

20664417_1372092572837769_7694916687645959711_n

Atropa belladonna L.

20728191_1372092346171125_49786486010398049_n

Colchicum autumnale L.

I have receive valuable experience in the volunteer camp. At the present I am going to apply my new knowledge, skills and experience for my scientific, educational and environmental activities, in particular in the implementation of international and Ukrainian scientific projects and researches, especially in development of the Emerald Network in Ukraine and preparing of management plans for National Natural Parks and Reserves; into new approaches to promote and enhance botanical knowledge, lobbying for the creation of new protected areas etc.

I am taking part in a volunteer camp in summer or autumn 2018 for sure. If you wonder it too, please, visit the database of forthcoming camps and to choose for yourself.

Sincerely,
Mykyta Peregrym

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Без рубрики. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s