EuCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC) working in the UK and other countries of Europe to involve more people and communities in the conservation management of their local environment, by providing training and practical experience for young graduates, potential volunteers and therapeutic groups, in nature conservation and in sustainable land management and food production enterprises.
Since 2007, The European Conservation Action Network has set up 23 different two-week placements and enabled nearly 300 volunteers to visit 11 partner organisations in the EU.
In 2011, EuCAN became established as a Community Interest Company through which, in addition to promoting placements with our other EU partners, we have organised several conservation projects in Dorset and Somerset, are undertaking an increasing number of habitat management contracts using professionals and trainees working together, and have run training courses in 2012 and 2013 in botanical and lepidoptera identification and ecology. The CIC now acts as a hub for the wide network of volunteers, organisations and other contacts that EuCAN has cultivated since 2007.
Have a look at our Flickr site to get an idea of the range of activities we have been involved with!
We have many plans for 2015 – click here. We have now finalised details for two wildlife holidays in the early summer of 2015 – May 5th – 14th to Aggtelek National Park in north-east Hungary and May 31st – June 8th to La Brenne in central France, both places with incredible biodiversity of fauna and flora. Go to the Europe page to find out more. The visit to Hungary is now full but there are places available for the visit to La Brenne in June.
Our wildlife holiday to La Brenne in the spring of 2014 made a small profit, and this along with the proceeds of our contract work this year was used to subsidise 15 participants on a very successful and enjoyable practical conservation visit to La Brenne in February 2015. To find out how it went, see http://www.eucan.org.uk/newsitem/another-successful-working-holiday-in-la-brenne/5/ . Another is planned for the autumn/winter of 2015.
A new initiative is our partnership with two organisations in Croatia, which has grown from two years of investigation and development and visits by several EuCAN members to the birdringing camps in the western part of the country. We are looking for a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable naturalists to accompany us to the Zabok area of Croatia to carry out surveying work there in May 2015. For further info, go to the Europe page.