Hosted by our German partner IBG (Internationale Begegnung in Gemeinschaftsdiensten), this volunteer project focuses on the transformation of forest into a light wood pasture.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING ON THIS PROJECT? 

The community of Kappel-Grafenhausen started a special biodiversity preservation project in 2015 called The Wild Wood Pastures. By introducing a small herd of Salers cattle and some Konik horses to the neighbouring nature park Taubergießen, the land is returning to a historic use which had been given up in the 18th century. Throughout the year, the animals are roaming freely and grazing in the woods, which leads to a light forest. This allows room for animals and plants that have been previously been pushed out of regular working forests and green lands.

The grazing animals are changing the structure of vegetation and wildlife in a hugely positive way. Many threatened species, especially birds and insects, have since returned to the area. This project is ideal for anyone with an interest in nature preservation and biodiversity. This project is also a part of the effort to tackle climate change and encourage biodiversity in line with the United Nations Sustainable Goals

You will be taking part in the ongoing transformation of the forest into a light wood pasture. You will clear out certain areas of the forest, plant young oak trees and build wooden fences around them to protect them from the grazing animals. A second project will be the improvement of a hiking path through the nature park. You will build two footbridges and level the path. In case of rainy weather, you will install bird nesting boxes and carve out a birthing cave for wildcats.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be accommodated in the local primary school building which has a kitchen. You will be able to shower in the school gym next door. Camp beds are provided, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag. There is a bakery in the village and a supermarket in the next village, which can be reached by foot.

WHAT ABOUT LEISURE TIME? 

Kappel-Grafenhausen is situated right at the border to France, next to the Rhine river and nature park with beautiful landscape in which you will be working. In addition, you will be very close to the Black Forest, which is perfect for hiking trips. Of course you can also do some sightseeing in nearby Freiburg in your free time.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS? 

  • You must be 18+ to take part in this project

If you have any questions or want to know more, click the enquiry button!

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