TEAM#UP: New project for incorporation of restoration ecology into vocational education

The TEAM#UP project slowly starts. At the end of June, we met all the project partners from the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, and Spain. Now, the intensive work on teaching materials starts. The materials will be prepared for pilot integration into education next year. We are looking forward to cooperation with the Czech project partners: Vyšší odborná škola a Střední zemědělská škola, Benešov, and Pro-Bio Association of Ecological Farmers.

The project is funded by the European Union.

Photo © Vera Grünhage

Further extension of the Database of Successional Series

We successfully continue with completing of our Database of Successional Series to extend it to the European scale (EDaSS). After lava flows in Iceland, we also documented two successional series in Wales, UK - limestone quarries and coal spoil heaps. The series covered the very beginning of succession to advanced stages.

Nature Restoration Law: Myths and misconceptions

The SER Europe Legal Working Group has developed a short document in which they summarize the most important facts and debunk the largest myths regarding the new EU Nature Restoration Law.  

Kosteliska and Mnišské meadows

Mnišské meadowsWhat do they have in common? Both localities are newly established Bird Parks. Both localities will soon be grazed. And at both localities, we plan to establish, in cooperation with the Czech Ornithological Society, permanent plots to monitor the effect of grazing on the restoration of speacies-richer meadow vegetation. We are also impatiently waiting if a joint project will be supported in which we could further broaden our colaboration with the Czech Ornithological Society.

Many thanks to our guides Ondřej Ryška and Martin Bacílek.

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Field work slowly starts

The second year of the project on the development of regional seed mixtures has started, as well as the work in the field. We began with the marking of the donor (i.e. plots where seed biomass will be collected) and receptor plots (e.i. plots where the seed biomass will be sown) in Raná in České Středohoří. The weather was not very good but the flowers of the pheasant's eye (Adonis vernalis) cheered us up. In May, we will find out what grows in the locality. In June, July and August, we will brush the seeds (e.i. collect) and in autumn, we will sow the adjacent field, which we will then monitor for a long time.

TRAIN#ER project comes to its end

After intense final weeks, ERASMUS+ TRAIN#ER project has completed its results. We greatly thank all participants of the survey and the focus group at the beginning of the project. We now invite you to take a look at the project outcomes:

We are currently evaluating the possibility to organise a webinar and to set up a common database of training opportunities at different professional levels across Europe. We will keep you informed on these.

Opinion about Principles and Standards for mine restoration (Young et al. 2022)

We have made a comment stating our opinion about the recently published Principles and Standards by Young et al. (2022) which provides an international framework for ecological restoration of mine sites. Although useful, we identified some limitations for practice, especially in Europe. For more details, please read:

Řehounková, K., Ballesteros, M., Alday, J.G., Nunes, A., Tischew, S., Kirmer, A. and Prach, K. (2023), A comment on “International principles and standards for the ecological restoration and recovery of mine sites”—useful but limited. Restor Ecol e13872.

Sowing of regional seed mixture

Autumn is a perfect time for seed sowing, or regional seed biomass in our case, which was obtained by brushing suitable preserved dry grassland stands. We have established an experimental site where green hay was transferred earlier in the vegetation season. Now, part of the site was also sown with regional seed biomass. We are interested in the differences in the establishment and species composition in relation to the brushing time. Fieldwork is not over yet !!

This project is financed by EEA and Norway funds.

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