On 17th August 17 2018 the fourth educational trip took place within the LIFEDrawaPL project under the banner of “Morphological diversity of a riverbed for people and nature”.
This year’s trip was organized on the Grabowa River, where in the Natura 2000 site PLH320003 Grabowa Valley, some project activities are being implemented. The starting point is also one of the selected places in which according to the project a spawning ground for fish is to be created, by supplementing gravel in the river, the shortage of which makes it impossible to spawn. The planned action will also improve the attractiveness of the rather monotonous rviver, though briskly flowing on this section.
The numerous group of participants this year has been greeted by the acting Regional Director of Environmental Protection in Szczecin – Aleksandra Stodulna and the Project Coordinator – Beata Gąsiorowska in Grabowo. After a short introduction, including the presentation of some natural issues by dr hab. Mariola Wróbel – a scientific consultant in the project and after safety and behavior instructions presented by the trip operator Mr Włodzimierz Zimnowłocki (“Zimny Włodek”), the participants were transported to the starting point where, after collecting the safety equipment and kayaks, the launching started.
The kayaking route in its first part required gymnastic abilities, because of fallen trees in the river which forced to many acrobatic figures.
It took more time than planned for some participants, but in the end the whole team appeared at the finish line.
On the trail some interesting elements of the river’s valley landscape could be observed, in some places trying to blur the effects of human interference. Due to the information provided at the start, everyone closely watched the particular signs of the water-crowfoot river. These observations were helpful during the HYDROZAGADKA contest at the end of the trip.
The competition consisted of a test on knowledge of rivers, particularly the water-crowfoot rivers, the main ecological aspect of the project. The participants’ knowledge allowed the best of them to hand over the first sheets between ten and twenty minutes, which turned out to be a wise move, because in a few cases the time decided about the final place. The authors of the questions are glad that the majority dealt with rather difficult questions.
After the refreshments and announcement of the results came the time of goodbyes, although a great atmosphere and the weather encouraged to stay upon the river.
The team of the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Szczecin would like to thank everyone for such a successful event.
See you with a paddle next year!
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