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AWF in Poland
We are creating a collaboration with long time friend and ex coordinator of the AWF, Phil Brindley and his partner who is Polish, who are setting up on a farm in rural Poland. They intend to work on local nature programmes involving wolves, bison, beaver and dogs as well as creating an organic and sustainable farming operation. Volunteers will be required to work on both the agricultural and nature conservation programmes.
Rural Poland is a traditional culture that is in danger of being lost. At the same time it still has a wealth of wild nature such as wolves and bears that are equally threatened, and, a growing problem with abandoned pets including dogs. The new project base will set out to tackle these problems.
The proposed project will be in collaboration with the:
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu
Stacja Terenowa w Stobnicy
64-607 Kiszewo Stobnica
Initially at the field study station in Stobnicy, part of the University of Science and Nature, in the forest about an hours drive North of Poznan.
The project will centre around animals as mentioned, Wolves being the lead, massive scope for education and awareness programmes and various types of field study. The centre currently entertains visitors by invitation only. They act as a rescue and information centre for mainly Wolves & Beaver currently, but people bring anything to them. They sometimes have to turn animals away due to lack of funding, etc.
For 10 years they have planned to build a modern Wolf sanctuary park but again funding and other issues have prevented this. Also educating children not to be scared of wolves and how valuable they are, they would like to bring more school parties, etc to the centre to do this. There is no official website as yet and they would like help with English translation at the centre. Also looking into a European Bison project with them.
They are also interested in collaborating with the AWF setting up eco -holidays, such as Wolf Tracking, there are wild Wolves with 2km of the field study centre for example!
The weather here is very changeable so described as moderate, they have four seasons on of which is a rainy season, weather throughout the country can vary due to its grand size. The weather here sustains some of the largest forests in Europe and maintains its 10,000 lakes that flourish with wildlife such as the Bison, Boar and European Lynx. Alongside that there is the Nietoperek bat reserve that homes many of the rarest bats in Europe, this is thanks to the Second World War bunkers underground; Poland was invaded in the Second World War with a total ambush and thousands fled underground in such bunkers.
They lost 38% of all assets in the war but are currently building their way back the economic ladder.