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country Austria: Youth for Nature 2 – Thayatal – Wie AT-SCI 10.2
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2/09/2019 - 15/09/2019
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12 volunteers
4 Male / 2 female still needed
Environmental
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Dry grasslands form a rare and endangered habitat both Thayatal National Park and the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald. We will cut grass, bushes and trees, and remove the biomass from the areas to suppress the beginning of forest growth. In the wetlands and on other spots we will selectively eliminate invasive alien plant species to support the native flora. We will also remove sediment from the river bottom to support fish breeding. Our goal is to conserve and enhance biodiversity in unique and rare habitats. This camp contributes to the Natura2000-region objectives. We will work four days a week from about 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with breaks in between.

Accomodation and food

During our time in Thayatal National Park we will stay in the Wild Cat Camp next to the visitor’s center near Hardegg. During your week in the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald you will be accommodated in a hostel in Hütteldorf (Vienna). Breakfast will be served at your accommodation. Packed lunch is provided as well. We will have dinner either at your accommodations or at local restaurants. We will stay in bedrooms for either two, four or six persons with either private or shared bathrooms. There is also free WIFI, washing machine and a dryer available. If you suffer from allergies please specify

Location and leisure

The Thayatal National Park is, together with Národní Park Podyjí in Czech Republic, a cross-border nature protection area. It is situated in northern Lower Austria in a unique lowland river valley. In the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald a wide range of wooded hills alternates with vast meadows, pastures and orchards as well as vineyards and dry grasslands - the result of centuries of human cultivation.

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The camp is held at two different locations (at Thayatal National Park and the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald) and is hosted by the SCI Austria, the national branch of a network of international volunteer exchange associations.

Requirements

Small letter of motivation is required. You should be at least 18 years old and in good physical shape
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Austria: Green Belt Workcamp - Northern Wein AT-SCI 10.1
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15/09/2019 - 22/09/2019
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11 volunteers
3 Male / 2 female still needed
Environmental
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Renovation
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International and local volunteers will help moving steep meadows and remove bushes from dry rocky grasslands, that are threatened to be over grown by bushes and trees. So they will contribute actively to preserve endangered species. Work will be physical (moving, raking, cutting so-called) and will last for about 5 - 6 hours every day. Warm and weatherproof clothes and boots are strongly recommended.

Accomodation and food

We will live in a big room at a Camping-Site in the village of Poysdorf. Please bring your sleeping bag and sleeping mat, as we will sleep on the floor. If you bring a tent, it is also possible to sleep in it. We will most of the time cook for ourselves (breakfast and dinner). Lunch will sometimes be packed, but we will also have lunch at a canteen or restaurant. Additional free-time activities like barbecue are planned depending on the weather.

Location and leisure

Poysdorf is located in the very Northeast of Austria, close to the common border of Austria with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and close to the rivers Dyje and Morava, which form beautiful floodplains in the area. Brno (CZ) and Vienna (AT) are the closest bigger cities.

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The dry grasslands of the so called “Weinviertler Klippenzone” in the European Green Belt along the border between Austria and Czech Republic are the habitat of a lot of different rare plant- and animal species. To maintain these habitats and to avoid invasion of bushes into the grasslands it is necessary to establish regular management. Biotope maintenance like mowing or removing bushes or neophytes will be implemented on rupicolous or steppic grasslands in protected areas - situated amidst a beautiful wine-growing landscape. This helps to preserve rare species like the critically endangered Feather Grass (Stipa tirsa) or the butterfly Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli).

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| naturschutzbund nö | (Austrian League for Nature Conservation – Lower Austria) is an environmental NGO that supports and maintains protected areas in the region and that wants to contribute to conservation of species and ecosystems in Lower Austria. The work-camp is supported by the local communities of Poysdorf, Staatz, Falkenstein and Wildendürnbach. http://www.noe-naturschutzbund.at/

Requirements

A small motivation letter is required.
Organization SCI Austria Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
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