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Educational kayaking trip combined with the competition „Hydro riddles” Grabowa 2018

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.

Fot 1. Before launching, instructions were given on how to safely use the kayak

The kayaking route in its first part required gymnastic abilities, because of fallen trees in the river which forced to many acrobatic figures.

Fot 2. Queue to one of the heaps. Such attractions of the Grabowa stretched the participants’ flotilla for several kilometers
Fot 3. A moment to relax after a heap, waiting for the next one

It took more time than planned for some participants, but in the end the whole team appeared at the finish line.

Fot 4. A washed-up bank is a great place for some birds, such as Riparia riparia. Traces of their nesting are visible for a long time. Next year they will probably rebuild their minks and lead the next generation

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.

Fot 5. Apart from the knowledge, the time of completion was important, as most participants were well prepared. Director Aleksandra Stodulna personally watched this element of the competition
Fot 6. The Commission assessed the tests efficiently. Rest of the participants enjoyed the refreshment prepared by the trip organizer “Zimny Włodek”
Fot 7. The winning couple received attractive prizes.
Fot 1. After the competition, it was time to say goodbye, with an invitation for the next year trip. At the end of this project the Radew river was planned

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!

We invite you to watch the film production:

Projekt „Active protection of water-crowfoots habitats and restoration of wildlife corridor in the River Drawa basin in Poland / Czynna ochrona siedlisk włosieniczników i udrożnienie korytarza ekologicznego zlewni rzeki Drawy w Polsce”.

Projekt LIFE13 NAT/PL/000009 pn. „Czynna ochrona siedlisk włosieniczników i udrożnienie korytarza ekologicznego zlewni rzeki Drawy w Polsce”, LIFEDrawaPL jest współfinansowany przez Unię Europejską w ramach programu LIFE + oraz przez Narodowy Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej.

Beneficjent projektu

Regionalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Środowiska w Szczecinie
ul. Teofila Firlika 20, 71-637 Szczecin
tel.: 91 43-05-200, fax: 91 43-05-201
Biuro Projektu pok. 205 (II piętro)
tel. 91 43 05 222 lub 91 43 05 214


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