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Slovenia Joint Report Nature Exchange 2013

Title and Author

Introduction and Report by Richard Thompson

Cycling Tourism Potential in Southern Slovenia By Craig Robb

Dr Jennifer Carfrae, 1st August 2013 33

Wildlife Tourism in Slovenia – an unrealised opportunity?

John Hooson

Wildlife watching in Slovenia

Jonathan Pinnick, Scottish Wildlife Trust)

Communities, wilderness, nature and potential […]
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Nature Exchange Norway Joint Report 2013

Our host was Marius Kjonsberg. He played an active role in wildlife management and was a keen hunter. He was very informed, knowledgeable and interested in how we did things in Scotland. Our other guide, Floris, had an intimate knowledge of and passion for the wildlife of Norway and was a very talented and enthusiastic guide and photographer. We are very grateful to both for their energy, commitment, knowledge, enthusiasm and sense of fun. We were given talks by other students and staff based at Evenstad to whom we are also grateful. […]
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Finland Joint Report NE10 2013


The Nature Exchange provided us with an opportunity to see first hand the management effort applied in various forests to create a diversity of habitats and encourage a wide variety of species. It also demonstrated the variety of access options to the countryside. The species and the evidence of same that we encountered […]
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Poland Joint Report Nature Exchange 10





West Pomeranian Province


Isabel Morgan, Lorna Dow, Eric Reitveld, Sarah West, Angela Lloyd



1.0 Introduction (Isabel Morgan – RSPB)

The 2012 Nature Exchange program to Poland focused on the West Pomeranian Province, an area of Poland that, until 1945, was part of Germany. The group spent the […]
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Latvia Joint Report 2013

Bog Rosemary

At first glance, Latvia is a land of forests and woodlands – some natural, pristine and undisturbed, while others are expertly managed for the benefit of biodiversity, access, recreation and timber production. Interspersed among the forests are many farms and homesteads, managing the land in a welcome low-intensive way and many with their own special […]
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Nature exchange in Latvia 2012


Click here to open .pdf file Latvia Report September 2012

This report focuses on the different themes associated with our visit including forestry, hunting, wild foods, beavers, access and wetland management. Our impressions were many. The combination of a strong forest economy, a forward thinking industry spearheading cloning techniques creating trees suitable for […]
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Capercaillie in the Vosges Mountains. Joint Report

Vosges Mountains

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The views from the top were spectacular, from the steep cliffs and scree used by chamois, to the wooded valleys heading off in all directions, to the distant high peaks of the German and Swiss Alps.

Capercaillie in Vosges. Joint Report The exchange was hosted by […]
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Beaver Study Tour to Bavaria, 2012. Group report


There is currently considerable interest in re-introducing the European Beaver (Castor fiber) back to Scotland, reflected in the reintroduction trial that is currently taking place in Knapdale Forest in Argyll, and public reaction to the population of beavers on Tayside that have arisen from escapes from private collections.

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More Audible than Visible–Joint report from Poland

Our introduction to Park Narodowy Ujście Warty (Warta Mouth National Park) was that of a grey polder landscape at early dawn that was more audible than visible. We could hear the distant sounds of geese and, the reason for being there at that hour, cranes. Standing on one of the dikes, which signified the polder landscape, we counted up to 1200 cranes in the coming hours. While the relatively small flocks of cranes flew over, unaware of the fact that they were being recorded, the many shades of grey were filled in by even more shades of green and brown. In between counting we admired the abundance of great egrets, more familiar greylag geese and the occasional raptor (buzzard, red kite, marsh harrier and white tailed eagles). Later we were told that there are over 270 bird species recorded (of which 64 are listed in the Birds Directive), with 170 species breeding here. There are also 11 species of amphibian, 3 species of reptile, 39 species of mammal (including 115 beaver families), 35 species of fish and over 500 species of vascular plants recorded. Invasive species include the American mink and raccoon (for more information see: […]
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Nature Exchange Joint Report–Slovenia 2012

on the path to Hell

Our Slovenian host Bojan had arranged for a cultural exchange evening where three ladies from the Society of Rural Women volunteered to teach four of us how to cook traditional Slovenian dishes, while three more were taught by the remaining three Scots how to make traditional Scottish dishes. This all went smoothly and during this hour, the wonderful ladies from the Society of Rural Women had been busy putting together the final touches for the meal and were ready right on cue to bring out the food. We took it in turn to stand with our respective teacher/pupil to talk through the dish produced – Gordon gave a brilliant introduction to the haggis! And that was it; we tucked in and ate and talked with various people, we taught many of them the dance Strip The Willow with varying success, although everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In return we were taught a traditional Slovenian dance – in comparison it was very tame and a good way to wind down the evening! […]
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