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Webinar: The role of grazing in natural land management
23 February @ 11:00 - 13:00
Webinar on the role of grazing in natural land management
On 23 February 2023 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CET
What the webinar will be about:
Grazing has been a dominant feature in shaping Dutch landscapes. The grazing patterns of large herbivores have influenced many protected areas in the Netherlands and therefore, grazing is essential for managing many important habitats. The webinar will present experiences from experts from Poland and the Netherlands, who will collaborate to organise the Eurosite Grazing Study Tours in the Netherlands (May 2023) and Poland (September 2023).
Experts sharing their knowledge:
Konrad Wypychowski, Director of the „Ujście Warty” National Park, will share experiences of grazing as conservation measure in the National Park.
Marek Dylawerski (Wolin National Park) and Kazimierz Rabski (Society for the Coast) will speak about the role of grazing in the areas around the Szczecin Lagoon.
Bogumila Blaszkowska and Mariusz Miotke (Polish Society for the Protection of Birds – OTOP), will present on the grazing of Konik Polski in the Beka nature reserve by the Bay of Gdańsk.
Ruben Vermeer has been working at Natuurmonumenten since 2018 as a forest ecologist. He is responsible for development planning of nature reserves, supervising monitoring surveys and being the contact point for the management unit for flora and fauna matters. He has also been fulfilling the role of media spokesperson on drought, wolves and recreational pressure for several years. Working since 2022 within National Park De Veluwezoom, a 7000-hectare nature reserve on the southern flank of the Veluwe, his tasks include tracking wildlife, monitoring effects of grazing and wolf migration. Ruben will kick off the online event with his presentation on: Grazing as a motor for a diverse landscape at the Veluwezoom.
Perry Cornelissen is an ecological advisor at Staatsbosbeheer, with a Ph.D. from Wageningen University (research on large herbivores). He is mainly concerned with animal monitoring and research with a focus on ecosystem functions. He has been researching the effects of large herbivores on the development of vegetation structure and bird populations in Dutch wetlands such as Oostvaardersplassen, Lauwersmeer, Slikken van Flakkee and the floodplains along the major rivers. He advises the Oostvaardersplassen management team and contributes to the various management and development plans for the area.
More speakers and panelists – details to be confirmed soon.
The webinar is part of a series of events related to grazing in 2023. Eurosite, together with Natuurmonumenten and Staatsbosbeheer, will organise the Eurosite Grazing Study Tour in the Netherlands on 9-11 May 2023. A follow-up tour will be organised in Poland in autumn 2023. The tours aim to connect science with practical experiences, and to share the latest knowledge.
These links, grasslands management in CEE and conservation grazing and CAP, will lead to two recent webinars that the Eurosite Management Expert working group provided in 2022 on the grazing topic. Enjoy!