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July 2018 visit to Transylvania

July 15th – 22nd: we are looking for a small team of hardworking        wildlife enthusiasts to work with us and the local farming                community to cut and bring in the hay crop from the mountain          meadows. This will be part of the 10th International Scything and Haymaking Festival run in the eastern area of Transylvania by                  Attila Sarig and the Pogany-Havas Association in conjunction with the        Barbara Knowles Fund. EuCAN will attend the first week;                          the second week will be July 28th until August 5th.

Romania and Transylvania in particular, have some of the most          biodiverse hay meadows in the world as a result of the traditional            low-input, very small scale agricultural systems that predominate          there. Many of the farmers rely on horses and oxen for transport,             so hay is of special importance to them as a ‘fuel’.

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We will enjoy the scything and gathering in of the hay crop on at least five of the days. You do not need to be an experienced scyther but need to be fit and prepared for strenuous work on steep slopes. In addition there will be folk music and dancing, wonderful local food and excursions to enjoy the area and its amazingly rich wildlife. Mid-July will be an excellent time for butterflies and moths as well as the flora of the mountains and valleys.

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2016 – our base for two nights in the mountain haymeadows

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Rake making

If there is sufficient demand, we can add several days to the itinerary to visit the Saxon villages area of Transylvania where there are some spectacular butterfly sites as well the historical and cultural interest.


Pallas’ Fritillary with Spotted Fritillaries July 2011

Attila has put together a programme for the week – click here.

Price £275 for the 7 nights full board, shared accommodation and local transport, excluding the cost of your return journey to/from Transylvania. You will be collected from a nearby train station in Romania. If we extend the itinerary by several days to visit the Saxon Villages area before the haycamp (see booking form), obviously the fee will increase accordingly.

We have produced a flier for this visit – if you can help by sending it on to your email or social media contacts, it would enable us to spread the message more widely.

To enrol, please complete this booking form and email it back to [email protected]