The first shift of the environmental education camp of the Russian Geographical Society in the Lapland Nature Reserve has began. Volunteers of the RGS will help specialists in the improvement of a specially protected natural area, as well as get acquainted with its historical, natural and cultural heritage during excursions and hikes.
The Lapland State Reserve is located in the central part of the Murmansk region. The reserve area is about three thousand square kilometers. This is the fourth largest state natural reserve in the European part of Russia. People never lived there and did not engage in production activities before the creation of the reserve, therefore almost the whole territory is represented by wild untouched nature. The reserve is home to 31 species of mammals, including wild reindeer, brown bear, wolverine, Norwegian and forest lemming, European beaver. There are 206 species of birds living permanently in the reserve and nesting there, migratory, vagrant, overflied birds. Seven species of birds are listed in the Red Book of Russia: golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, gyrfalcons and peregrine falcon, osprey, eagle owl and great grey shrik .
Here is our article about the reserve.
During the shift, volunteers will take photographs and videotaping of the Lapland territories and their inhabitants, arranging ecological paths, installing navigation around the protected areas, developing layouts for brochures, booklets, information boards. In addition, RGS volunteers will help the reserve to develop a "corporate identity": they will prepare booklets, brochures and information boards, improve the work of the site and social networks to popularize the ecological routes of the reserve and instill a careful and conscious attitude to nature to people.