Eurosite Special: the Grazing Study Tour
1. April 2023 - 30. April 2023
Note: Originally foreseen to take place during Autumn 2022, a rescheduling has been requested by the organising members. We will continue preparing to offer you a unique experience in 2023. We expect that the event will now take place in Spring 2023, but please keep an eye on our website and social media channels to stay informed.
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Eurosite organises the tour with our members Natuurmonumenten, Staatsbosbeheer (Dutch Forestry State Service) and the Polish Society for the Coast (EUCC Poland). The tour will take place in the Netherlands and is intended for site managers and others interested in the role of grazing in natural site management. The focus is on grazing developments in other nature reserves in the Netherlands.
The tour includes visits to different nature reserves in the Netherlands, each with unique management objectives. Participants can learn more about the ecological, economic and societal aspects of grazing. The tour aims to connect science with practical experiences and share the latest knowledge. Best practices for collaboration with stakeholders and dilemmas experienced by natural site managers will be discussed so that participants can share experiences with participants and experts from various parts of Europe. The tour will end with a half-day workshop on the concept of ecosystem services for grazing.
This event is part of a series of events related to grazing in 2022 and 2023. The study tour in the Netherlands will be followed by a live tour in Poland, hosted by Society for the Coast in cooperation with the “Ujście Warty” (The Warta Mouth) National Park and the Wolin National Park. In addition, Eurosite will organise a series of online webinars on grazing.
Grazing has been a dominant feature in shaping Dutch landscapes. The grazing patterns of large herbivores have influenced many protected areas in our country. Therefore, grazing is essential for managing many vital habitats in the Netherlands. It is an effective and natural way to maintain a diverse landscape with a wide variety of plants and animals. Aside from the benefits to biodiversity, the practice of grazing animals in nature reserves is a way to maintain more traditional methods of managing nature. Although it is not without difficulties, large herbivores can also be ‘wildly’ attractive to the broader public.