Volunteers will help remove bushes and small trees that invade open bog
surface. Measures to improve hydrology will be prepared. So we will contribute actively to
preserve endangered species. Work will be physical and will last for about 5 – 6 hours every
day. Warm and weatherproof clothes and boots are strongly recommended.
We will sleep in a big room in Volksheim Amaliendorf. Please bring your
sleeping bag and sleeping mat, as we will sleep on the floor. There are sanitary facilities and
a little Kitchen to prepare breakfast. Packed Lunch will be provided and we will have dinner
in a local restaurant.
Amaliendorf is a little village between Schrems and
Heidenreichstein in the very North of Austria in Waldviertel (Lower Austria), close to the
common border of Austria with the Czech Republic. České Budějovice (CZ) and Linz (AT)
are the closest bigger cities.
The bogs and mires in South Bohemia (CZ) and northern Waldviertel (AT) are
habitat of a lot of different rare plant and animal species. As most of these naturally
waterlogged bogs have been drained in former times for cutting peat or for using them for
forestry, many of them are actually in quite bad condition. To maintain these habitats,
measures to improve the hydrology like damming the ditches are necessary. Additional
measures like removing invasive bushes and trees also help to preserve bogs as habitats for species specialized on open wetlands.
A small motivation letter is required.