International camp: the great crested newts at Haanja

22. juuli - 25. juuli 2021

The great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) is a rare dark lizard-like threatened amphibian species in Estonia, occurring mainly in the southern part of the country. One of the main reasons for the decrease in the crested newt’s numbers is the lack of small water bodies suitable for breeding ponds.

With the help of volunteers, we can clear the ponds from brushwood and vegetation, which helps to ensure the survival and increase of existing populations. This camp will be carried out in English, as the participants will be from Belgium and other European countries. It is possible to elongate Your stay by participating in additional international volunteering camps in Matsalu (July 19-22) and/or Haanja (July 25-28).

Haanja is the highest hilly part of an otherwise low country. It is locally known for some distinct cultural heritage, such as smoke saunas and the Võru language. Haanja hills create a very diverse landscape with small size fields, hey-meadows, forests, and wetlands. A perfect habitat of many cultural landscape species that have been lost in intensive farming areas. The volunteers will have plenty of time to do some sightseeing or hiking and enjoy a sauna.

The volunteering camp is funded by Environmental Investment Centre (KIK).

International camp: natterjack toads at Matsalu (Saastna) Kõinastu rüditalgud